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With two necks, precise intonation, and sweet tone.

The Allora Paris Series Straight Soprano Saxophone gives you a professional quality horn that offers premium features like ribbed construction, Pisoni Pro pads, and hand engraving at a budget price. To make this an even more attractive saxophone deal, Allora includes two necks with each Paris Series soprano sax.

Allora Paris Series soprano saxophones have a range to high G. You have a choice of lacquer, black nickel, or antique finishes on your Paris sax. Allora delivers your Paris Series Professional Soprano Sax in a professional-style case to protect your investment.

FEATURES
  • Red Brass body and neck
  • Range to High G
  • Pisoni Pro pads
  • Fully ribbed construction
  • Hand-engraved body and bell
  • Includes professional style case, mouthpiece, cap and ligature, and care products

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SPECIFICATIONS

Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks

  • Level: Professional
    Key: Bb
    Neck: One curved, one straight
    Neck Material: Red Brass (85%)
    Body Material: Red Brass (85%)
    Bell Material: Red Brass (85%)
    Key Material: Yellow Brass
    Range Up to: High G
    Pads: Pisoni Pro pads
    Key Construction: Fully Ribbed
    Engraving: Floral pattern
    Crafted in Vietnam
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AlloraParis Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks
 
4.1

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4.0

I would buy this product again.

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from Memphis

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Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

I'm mainly an alto pro player, but currently own a vintage MK Vl soprano. Mostly out of curiosity, when I ran across the Paris edition black over gold with high G, beautiful engravings and 2 necks on WWBW's website and for that low price I had to have it. When it promptly arrived at my doorstep, I couldn't wait to put my metal Ponzol MP on to play it. Wow, I felt like a kid with a new toy. Slightly dark tone, great intonation throughout, easy altissimo and a great-looking soprano. Not as free-blowing as my MkVI, but projects more in the high register. Overall, I'm very pleased and happy I took advantage of this great bargain.

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4.0

Good value

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from Philadelphia, PA

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Pros

  • Came Well Regulated
  • Nice Case
  • Pisoni Pads
  • Two Necks
  • Well Built

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Doubler

Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

A decent quality instrument for the price. Took to local tech to look over. He was impressed, and only had to make minor adjustments, which any new instrument would need. Case is nice. Shoulder strap and backpack straps included. Intonation issues that are typical to a soprano. You can spend much more and get better, but for the money, this instrument is a good deal. It is a real instrument that looks like it will hold out well to regular use.

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3.0

a great buy

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from milford connecticut

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Pros

  • A Great Sound And Comfort

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Group And Soft Soun

    Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

    allora paris soprano sax with vandoran mouthpiece is superb for playing in playing areas where low volume is demanded.very comfortable to play along with my 2 selmers.

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    5.0

    A Great Instrument for a Great Price

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    from Massachusetts

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    • Plays Beautifully

    Cons

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

      After doing some research I stumbled upon this saxophone, and I'm glad I did!! The TL;DR is yes, buy this if you're looking for a great and reliable soprano...

      Let's start with the actual saxophone. It's a great instrument which is very well made and fine tuned throughout all registers. The icing on the cake is that it's gorgeous! As per usual, the stock mouthpiece isn't the greatest but it is still very much usable. Personally I'll be switching it to a hard rubber mp.

      As for the case and accessories, I'll give them 4 stars. By all means everything that comes in this package is very much usable, I'm just a little picky. Some of the zippers on my case get stuck very frequently - particularly a zipper on the accessory pouch. The two zippers on the main case get stuck around the corners as well, but nothing too bad. The neckstrap is alright, but I'll stick with the Neotech strap I've been using for nearly a decade (much easier on the neck). I also got rid of the cleaning cloth as it did not seem very absorbent and have used the aftermarket cloth from my alto which works.
      Cork grease is cork grease, and it works just fine!

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      4.0

      Good buy

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      from Miami

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

      I wanted to replace my 20-year old Kholert soprano saxophone and have an upgrade. As a result of the great tone I got from that $500.00 sax I already knew that I did not have to spend big bucks to get a better sax. I did a lot of reading before purchasing this Allora Paris Series saxophone. The experience confirmed two important points. Firstly, that in most cases it is the musician that makes the instrument sound sweet. Secondly, a lot of musicians who dis cheap saxophones are largely brand-loyal snobs. There are two broad categories of tone you can get from the soprano saxophone. One I will call the sweet, 'Kenny G' tone and the other, a dry-jazz-'clarinety' tone. My bet is that most people became aware and fell in love with the soprano saxophone because of Kenny G. The tone you get depends on how you play and by that I am referring to the combination of breathing, jaw movement & positioning and embouchure (i.e. use of facial muscles and the shaping of lips.) I was able to get a Kenny G tone with my first sax (Kholert) and now with this Allora Paris Series saxophone. I took my brand new Allora sax to a music store for adjustment. As soon as the worker saw it he said, "I'm sorry but it won't be worth my while to do an adjustment on this cheap instrument." Behind him was the full display of Cannonball saxophones. He allowed me to play the soprano and I got the same tone out of it as I do with my Kholert and Allora. He suggested I return my Allora and he would work with me in terms of buying one of his saxophones. In my mind I was like, "Kiss my chuddies!" lol. I walked out and did my own saxophone adjustment. All I needed to do was to adjust the octave key mechanism. I had my first performance two days after and was blown away by the tone coming from the sax...and me. This sax is a beautiful work of art! You have to see it yourself in person. I love the fact that there is felt attached to the body of the sax so when the key legs (which already have cork tips) hit the sax body there is no noise. I consider this to be a really good feature that I've not seen on other saxophones below $1,000.00 (NB I haven't seen all). It also features a high G! The problem I have is with the switchable necks. My first sax is a full-body straight sax. I bought the Allora thinking that the curved neck would've allowed me to better hold the sax while playing. I rather point my sax more 45 degrees than the almost 90 degrees Kenny G and others hold their sax. The Allora with the curved neck did not play well intonation-wise. In fact, when I got the sax I first played it with the curved neck and thought I had made a really bad buy but when I switched to the straight neck, all was right with the world. So now I only use the straight neck which makes buying a soprano sax with interchangeable necks an uncomfortable decision for me. I say this because with the full-body soprano, I could just hold the bell of the sax and virtually 'rip off' the mouthpiece. With this interchangeable neck I feel like I have to be too careful not to bend/damage the octave key mechanism when trying to take off the mouthpiece so right now I left the mouthpiece on the neck. With the tenor and alto sax neck you have more pipe to hold on too when you are twisting off your mouthpiece. Not so with the soprano neck. A review I read stated that the interchangeable necks on soprano saxes is one other thing you have to worry about going wrong. I agree. I will monitor this situation and update this review if necessary. The other reviewer spoke about wobble sound in the lower 7 notes. I didn't have this problem because I had already read a review stating that you have to have the mouthpiece almost all the way down on the cork to avoid wobble. This, however, gives rise to another potential problem. You are supposed to be able to adjust the tuning of your sax by moving the mouthpiece up and down the cork. Suppose you are too sharp and need to flatten but doing so takes you beyond the no-wobble point? You might be screwed. I've had this sax for only 1 week and have not had the opportunity to try to tune it with a tuner so I will have to monitor this situation and update this review if necessary. Now, the big brand owners would want to interject and say it's not only about tone but key ergonomics and material used. As a general point on ergonomics. Any first-time saxophonist will take some time to get his/her fingers around the keys before becoming comfortable. After playing a sax for a few years, if you switch to a different sax that has a different set-up you might naturally feel awkward but this is not necessarily the fault of the new sax in most cases. In my case, the fingering on this Allora is comfortable. The only awkwardness is the palm keys but this is because the palms keys on my first sax are the ones you press down. On the Allora, and most saxes, you have to push/squeeze in the palm keys. On the materials point, I think the Allora Paris Series is made with good materials and has a sturdy construction. (Still cautious, however, about the octave key mechanism.) Pricing: There are four different finish options for this sax. The lacquered is the cheapest. I did not buy either of the two black ones because I believe scratches will show up more. A scratch on a gold lacquer will still leave the sax with an overall gold look. I bought this sax with a 15% discount because I purchased it directly from the Woodwind and Brasswind website. They have a promotion now for, '15% Off Single Item Purchase Over $25 When You Sign Up at Woodwind & Brasswind. Ends 11th August, 2016.' Shipping was fast! I love the backpack case it came in. I close with the point about snob appeal. There are some really bad and cheaply made saxophones out there but don't be fooled into thinking that you get a world of difference by purchasing a $2,000.00+ sax. Price should not be your measure of value when purchasing a sax. Shopping nowadays is easy. You can purchase a

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      5.0

      Professional Action, budget price

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      from Jacksonville, FL

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

      I am mainly a tenor saxophonist, but I have always loved the sound and power of the soprano saxophone. I wanted to get a decent second. I was reviewing other sites and purchased a very generic cheap soprano (will not give the brand) and found that I got what I paid for. The soprano I purchased was offkey, the pads were not of good quality, and the action was not fluid. I went to my local music store and tried out several saxophones to include the Yamaha Z series soprano, a Selmer, and both horns had great sound and action. I was excited about everything but the price of both horns. I did some homework and found out that the Allora series saxophones were made by the same factory that produces great quality saxophones. When I went to my favorite site on the internet (WWBW.com!!!) and did a search for the Allora professional saxophones, I came across the Allora Paris Series Professional saxophone. I wanted a nickel body with Gold keys... Check I wanted high Quality Pro Pads..... Check I wanted a curved and straight neck for multiple playstyles/venues.... Check Ribbed Construction for durability... Check. Quality storage option... Check. I love hand engraved instruments (they are so beautiful and each one is unique) and this one comes with amazing craftsmanship.... Check. So this saxophone fit all of my needs, budget, neck options, pro pads, ribbed construction, and the look that I desired, so I purchased one. Results: There was a slight adjustment needed to the D key (very slight). Once that small adjustment was made, I paired this with two mouthpieces (Jody Jazz HR 7* for my curved and Jody Jazz DV 7* for the straight neck), and WOW what sound. This saxophone played as well as a Selmer or a Yamaha for the fraction of the price. I am an avid Yamaha fan, and if I had the money I would have purchased that brand for loyality, but I am glad I did not have the funds for that horn. The Allora Paris Soprano Saxophone was not only amazing in quality and sound, but also in price. Spend the extra savings on a high end mouthpiece for this exceptional instrument and you will not only have value, but a quality pro instrument that you can be proud of, but have money left over to buy you or another starving artist a dinner because you saved so much money!!

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      5.0

      Excellent Saxophone For the Price

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      from Muncy, PA

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

      I bought this saxophone with the intention of completing a degree in music performance. Packaging was excellent. The horn is beautiful. I was concerned at first that it had a warble on the low notes like a few have mentioned. After researching the internet, I discovered a professional sax players site that stated it was imperative to push the mouthpiece in almost all the way. Since then, the warble is gone, the horn has excellent intonation and plays much like the Selmer professional models but for much less. Please note that I also have purchased a Selmer S80 mouthpiece as the stock mouthpiece is poor. This is a wonderful saxophone for the price and I love the black nickel lacquer as it is very unique.

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      5.0

      Great Soprano

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      from San Jose, Ca

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

      I was looking for a soprano sax that would fit my budget. I found it in the Allora, Paris Series Soprano. I play tenor as my main horn and had a soprano several years ago, but sold it. I love the soprano sound and wanted to get another. I spent a lot of time on the WWBW site and, kept looking at the Allora 806 (black nickel body, gold lacquer keys). I decided to go for it. Great decision, I was NOT disapointed. It arrived in a few days. The keys were corked, it was wrapped in heavy paper and in a plastic bag. My first impression was that the lacquer was flawless and the extensive engraving was beautiful. It plays and sounds as great as it looks. Keywork moves freely & spring action gives excellent response. I have had it 2 1/2 months now and love playing it. The tone is even, top to bottom. The two necks give it extra versatility (I prefer the straight neck). It is very well constructed and, is heavier than my old Jupiter sop. I will be upgrading the mouthpiece but the stock piece is decent. The case is great too. It is a soft case but is well padded and has plenty of storage. It has side/end handles and, it easily converts to a backpack (took it to practice on my motorcycle) and, also has a shoulder strap. My horn played excellent right out of the case. No adjustments needed. Came with cork grease, swab and neck strap (no reed but not a big deal). This is an incredible, professional level horn for a great price. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great sax that won't break the bank.

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      2.0

      Probably would buy something better next time

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      from Parlin, NJ

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Straight Soprano Saxophone with 2 Necks:

      For the price, this instrument is functional. I like the dark sound (bought the black lacquer), paired it with a Meijer G Series mouthpiece. The stock mouthpiece is pretty bright. I had to spend about an hour working on the instrument, still have a bit to do. Strengthened several springs that were weak & allowing the pads to leak. Adjusted (aka 'bent') a couple of keys into place. In particular, the 6 finger D was horribly sharp until the open key below was lowered. Still having a bit of challenge with the high register, and the low "gurgles" at times (indicating there are still some leaks for me to find). I think once I have everything worked out, this will be adequate for my needs... I am gentle with instruments, and capable of doing my own repairs. Bottom line: OK as a "doubling" instrument at a lower price, but expect to do some work on it. I wouldn't recommend this for schools, it's not durable enough.

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