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Precise intonation, quick response, and a big sound are just a few of the great features you will find in the Allora Paris Series Saxophones. The attention to detail, from the hand-engraving to the key adjustment is usually reserved for instruments that are much more expensive. You truly cannot go wrong with this alto saxophone.

Featuring ribbed construction, a red brass body, Pisoni Pro pads, hand engraving, and a choice of finishes, the Paris Series Alto Saxophone is as fun to play as it is good looking. Every Allora instrument undergoes a shop key adjustment usually reserved for instruments that are much more expensive. You truly cannot go wrong with this fine alto.

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Available in a number of finishes
Range to High F#
Pisoni Pro Pads
Extensive Hand Engraving
Includes case, mouthpiece, cap, ligature, and care products
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AlloraParis Series Professional Alto Saxophone
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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4.0

Worth the price

By 

from Greenville south Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

First one sent octive key didn't work right. Sent back sent new one? Cork that mouthpiece goes on seemed to be used. Plays well though.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Extremely impressed with this horn

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from Texas

Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

I was a little hesitant about buying any horn site un-played, but I'm actually amazed. I play semi professionally using a 1972 Selmer MK 6 tenor with an old Lawton or old Phil Borone New Yorker mouthpiece and an early version of the Winston Pro soprano with a Rousseau studio jazz 7 mouthpiece. I bought this horn as a double instrument to replace my Selmer MK 6 alto which was stolen several years ago. I have not played an alto in over 20 years. I put a Meyer 6M mouthpiece on this horn went for playing alto again. After about an hour and some altissimo exercises I was on my way to being set. At first the middle E seemed a little flat which is weird because the middle D is sometimes a bad note on any sax, but I determined it was my air flow an projection. The horn is quick responding, intonation is great, the action is very smooth, and easy to play once you get your airflow right. Its very smooth and easy to play from low B flat on up, and the high end bright and clear. If somebody offered to trade me for a more expensive instrument, I wouldn't trade it. I got the antique brass finish model. It's a well build sturdy horn, looks nice, and after playing for 40 plus years I have to say it should be able to handle any situation. The issues around getting this horn to work for you involves the mouthpiece and reed choice.

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5.0

Beautiful instrument

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from Ohio

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Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

This Sax was a gift to my Granddaughter.

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  • Yes
 
5.0

A very good instrument at a bargain price

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from Columbia, MD

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    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Advancing student or even professional use.

      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

      I am very impressed by the build quality, mechanics, ergonomics, intonation and tonal evenness of this saxophone. No serious quirks (no very stuffy notes, no warble). Some of the Asian instrument makers are beginning to get it right- first Japan, then Taiwan, now mainland China. It doesn't of course, have the depth and complexity of sound of the best vintage and modern instruments, but for the price it's a very good saxophone indeed.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good instrument but I could have reaserched more.

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      from Commerce City, CO

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      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

      I am a musician that works every weekend. I play fast and my sax needs to work fast too. With this instrument I find my G# sticks more than my old sax. Continue having to swab between sets. May I suggest a stronger G# spring. Just a thought.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Appears to be a great value

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      from TN

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      Pros

      • Excellent mechanical build
      • solid, pro horn sound
      • Value vs cost

      Cons

      • Case cover could be better quality
      • Minor cosmetic blemishes
      • mouthpiece is poor quality, get a good one

      Best Uses

      • Serious intermediate to pro player

      Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

      This horn was bought as a gift for my son who has been playing for a year and had worked hard despite a disappointing school horn rental. Yes, it is a huge leap forward in quality. FYI, I'm a former pro player and still have/play my vintage Selmer MKVI. We opted for the pro model because we felt the increase in quality build was a better value vs cost instead of a student model horn in this brand. This horn feels like my MKVI (very close) in my hands. Action is very good. Mechanically, seems very good and pro-level. Finish was OK. There are some minor mfg blemishes on close inspection- I doubt you'd find this on a new Yamaha or Selmer pro-line, but its 1/3 to 1/4 the cost! Tone is very good- no it's not going to sound like a VI or hi-end Japanese horn, but being realistic, most tonal quality is in the reed, mouthpiece and player. A pro could absolutely play a gig on this horn and feel confident. I was very cautious of the Chinese build, but QC seems excellent, minus finish blemishes. A couple of years playing and it's not really an issue.
      The case is mediocre. Interior is fine, but the soft cover is vinyl like material- time will tell, but I don't see it holding up. For the price, you can buy a better case when the original wears out. This is a preliminary review, but very impressed with overall build and performance. The horn (like every other sax) will need some minor adjustment by a good technician to have it playing its best. Overall, early impression is this may be the best horn for the money on the new sax market. I rated the horn a 4 stars because of minor blemishes. Mechanically, it's a 5 star for its price range.

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      5.0

      Great Alto Sax

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      from The Villages, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play
      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

        Good Professional Sax

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful Horn

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        from Charleston, SC

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

          I purchased the Allora Paris Series Tenor about 9 months ago. I was so impressed I purchase the Allora Paris Series Alto, which I received this week. I was instantly as pleased with this alto as I have been with the tenor sax. The horn is responsive, has a great sound, and is very easy to play.

          I am using the Vandoren V16 mouthpiece, A9, small chamber. It is the perfect setup for me with this horn. I can get darker sounds and also get bright with plenty of projection. This alto has great intonation. I've I found no areas where I have any trouble playing in tune.

          This is a great horn for the price. I have played pro Selmer and Yamaha saxes with the Navy for many years, so I know quality. Allora makes a quality saxophone and I'm glad I made the purchase. I look forward to many years of playing these instruments. I highly recommend this instrument to anyone looking to purchase a quality instrument without breaking the bank.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful instrument

          By 

          from Utah

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          Pros

          • Look Sound Quality

          Cons

          • Mouthpiece

          Best Uses

            Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

            Purchased for my son who has been playing for 3 years and outgrew his student quality Bundy. This model was suggested by the repair technician at a local shop, and I'm glad we took his advice! This is a significantly better instrument without breaking the bank and should be perfect for getting him through the more advanced high school band classes. It is a beautiful instrument, and the finish really stands out against the sea of shiny brass in the rest of the band!

            Only complaint - the included mouthpiece is garbage. It is too long and therefore makes the instrument play flat. $20 replacement piece fixed the issue and now it is playing perfectly!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great horn at a great price!

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            from Birmingham, AL

            Comments about Allora Paris Series Professional Alto Saxophone:

            Like most people I had never heard of the Allora Paris series saxophones. I bought mine (alto)as a replacement for another more expensive instrument I had to pawn a few years back. I agree with the reviews I've read here and other places online. The key to this instrument is finding the right mouthpiece/reed combination. I found this horn difficult to tune at first. It was extremely flat. I had to push the mouthpiece all the way in, with no cork showing before it would play in tune so I recommend getting plenty of cork grease. I don't recommend using the mouthpiece that comes with the horn. It warbles the low notes. Once I did find a good mouthpiece (Rousseau)with a 2.5 reed strength I was able to get the sound I was looking for. I definitely recommend the Allora Paris Series alto sax. It's a great professional level horn at a price you can't beat. It holds its own up against more expensive horns. If you're not a label queen you'll enjoy playing this horn just fine. Cheers!

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