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Barrington Model 301 Student Alto Saxophone

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The Barrington 301 Alto Saxophone incorporates the features found on the best student altos. The 301 is an easy-playing alto that produces a strong, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Reliable, durable student alto with good intonation.

The Barrington 301 Alto Saxophone incorporates the features found on the best student altos. The 301 is an easy-playing alto that produces a strong, well-intonated sound, remarkable for a saxophone at this price. With a sound that is rich, strong, and even, the Barrington alto sax is ideal for the advancing player or doubler on a budget. Features include professional styled keywork.

Each Barrington instrument design has been painstakingly researched and play-tested by woodwind specialists to ensure the best playing instrument for the student at the best price for the parent. Quickly gaining favor with teachers as well, the Barrington line of instruments is developing a reputation for durability and excellent sound, and as an ideal alternative to renting.

FEATURES
High F#
Includes: case, mouthpiece, ligature, and cap
Lacquered brass body, neck, and bell
SPECIFICATIONS
Body: Brass
Bell: Brass
Neck(s): Brass
High F# Key: Yes
High G Key: No
Pads: Leather
Boosters: Vinyl
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4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

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Excellent value for money

I decided I simply had to try one. There is a bewildering variety of Chinese Saxes out there, but I decided to go with one from an established vendor like WWBW. Its intended...Read complete review

I decided I simply had to try one. There is a bewildering variety of Chinese Saxes out there, but I decided to go with one from an established vendor like WWBW. Its intended use is as a back up horn to my Selmer Mk 6, and as the principal horn for my 9th-grade son for use in his school jazz band Make no mistake: this horn itself no lightweight. In fact it actually weighs more than a Selmer Mk 7ùwhich is a very heavy alto! The Barrington is also nicely built and beautifully finished--as well as robust--with no rough edges to speak of. The action is rather high and quite stiff, but this is true of most instruments out of the box. A little tweaking by an experienced owner or any music shop tech can fix that. I tried several aftermarket mouthpieces, and found the horn played best with a Selmer S-80 C*. (Incidentally, the neck cork seems to be oversized. The factory-provided mouthpiece fits fineùbut anything else has to be forced on and liberal and repeated applications of cork grease are necessary. If a younger or female musician is going to be playing this horn with a non-factory mouthpiece, the cork should be turned down a bit, as it will otherwise be difficult for all but the strongest hands to adjust or remove the mouthpiece once it is on.) The example I was sent is leak free (as tested with a leak light) and blows freely, from low Bb to high F#. The intonation is surprisingly good. Indeed, the upper and lower octaves are very much in tune with themselves--though not so much with each other, the lower being predictably a bit flat. The tone it produces has nothing like the complexity of a professional hornùcertainly not like my MK 6. Still, the timbre is acceptably pleasant, while the projection is downright excellent. This horn speaks forcefully with a clear (if over-focused) voice. Budding soloists will like the authoritative way it carries over the band. Speaking as an experienced playerùboth classical and jazz--I find nothing to fault in this alto, especially factoring in the price. It could easily qualify as an intermediate-level instrument. Unless your student has very discerning ears, and a need (or desire) for a more nuanced tone, this instrument should do the job.

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Tonal problems

I recently bought a Barrington Student Sax for my daughter. She was thrilled with how easily it played. We thought when she first played it that the C# and C sounded odd. Her...Read complete review

I recently bought a Barrington Student Sax for my daughter. She was thrilled with how easily it played. We thought when she first played it that the C# and C sounded odd. Her High School band director confirmed it - the C# was way sharp and the C was extremely flat. Thinking it was just that horn, we sent it back, got a replacement. Same problem. So we've given up on the Barringtons. Needless to say we are disappointed after having read all of the positive customer comments.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Tone problems

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from Katy

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We purchased this for our daughter for school... when she was playing by herself it was fine but when she started back at school (after winter break) she came home in tears. The teacher said it was out of tune with itself (if she tuned it to one note the next note would be sharp). They then informed us if we kept the instrument she wouldn't be allowed to play in competitions with the band. So we returned it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Decent, Delivering Alto With Some Kinks.

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from Blaine, Minnesota.

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This saxophone truly is as beautiful as in the picture -- the lacquer is a nice, deep gold with an engraving on the bell. However, there are some faults that come with the saxophone, and whether it was just the one I recieved or the true make of the saxophone is still in debate. The one I recieved had an excessive "sizzling" noise when playing the upper register, excluding the notes E and F. The pad that opens near the top of the saxophone is a little too rounded and fat, causing the air flow to bounce off and make this noise; also, this slightly affected the playing. Notes in the upper register are a tad harder to get out and "sing". Also, middle C tends to sit a bit flat. As far as the sizzling goes, a replacement of the pad helps, but doesn't completely rid the horn of the incessant sound. Another thing I noticed was the pads were a bit sticky, but after running a dollar bill through them a few times they hold up on their own quite well. The horn is indeed free-blowing, with little resistance, apart from the upper register air sizzling. It stays relatively in tune as well, yet the cork on the neck is a tad oversized. Volume-wise, it's able to play softly as well as loud quite simply, without too many hesitations or "chips" in notes. The high F# key is an added bonus as well, along with the case the horn comes in. The tone on its own is nothing incredibly special, though it's very nice, round, full, and dark. If you're looking for a very distinct jazzy tone, this horn isn't for you -- however, it does have the best of both worlds, able to capture both classical and jazz attitudes. Overall, the saxophone is very nicely built and sturdy, beautful, and apart from the setbacks noted above, a very nice alto sax. Adding in the free gifts (namely the ligature) and the price, I would recommend the saxophone to players short on cash or are in need of a replacement student model/intermediate model horn. I very much enjoy this instrument; I really like the feel of the keys, as well as the dark tone it possesses. If you don't feel the horn is for you, WWBW has a 45-day return policy. All in all, the saxophone is a good fit for a budding student/intermediate horn on a budget, and it delivers slightly higher than what the price tag suggests. My setup is a Selmer S80 C* mouthpiece with #4 Vandoren reeds for concert band, and for jazz I use #3 JAVA reeds with a Vandoren V16 A6 small chamber mouthpiece.

 
5.0

Best Sax Ever

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from CA

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The sax was great and easy for beginners but hard enough for me and I am very good. I recommend this to everyone!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Tonal problems

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from Lucasville, OH

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I recently bought a Barrington Student Sax for my daughter. She was thrilled with how easily it played. We thought when she first played it that the C# and C sounded odd. Her High School band director confirmed it - the C# was way sharp and the C was extremely flat. Thinking it was just that horn, we sent it back, got a replacement. Same problem. So we've given up on the Barringtons. Needless to say we are disappointed after having read all of the positive customer comments.

(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good intro sax

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from Texas

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Nice looking instrument. Quality is not bad for this price range. The instrument plays in tune and has a good sound. Excellent for the price.

(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome

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from Arkansas

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I bought this saxophone about 3 years ago and it was great for me as a beginner. I would definitely recommend this as a great model for beginners as well as intermediate players.

(29 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Sound, Tone and well packaged

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from Georgia

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We purchased the Barrington Saxophone a little over a year ago for our daughter to play in her school band. She sat first chair and the instrument produced a wonderful sound. We handed down the instrument the second year to our younger daughter who also sat first chair with the saxophone and it continued to produce an awesome sound and endured numerous trips on and off the school bus with my 4th grader. We recently purchased a second Barrington, same saxophone, accessories, etc since both students are now required to play in the band together. We have purchased various instruments from WWBW and recommend the org to our associates.

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal awesome case ans sax

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from North Carolina

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My son was renting a blessing and this one is just as good if not better. I am real impressed with the quality and price. This has saved my family a lot of money. I have bought from e-bay before and got burnt. Thanks WWBW sincerely, Martin Absher.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad for the price!

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from Texas

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Great backpack style case and all accessories are included, which is nice. One of the keys is sticky, but I think it was due to glue from packaging or pad work. It plays very well in tune with itself. I would definitely recommend a different mouthpiece, but for a beginner or occasional player like myself, this sax is a great buy.

(32 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT PRODUCT!!!

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from LA PUENTE, CALIFORNIA

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I BOUGHT THIS SAX ABOUT A YEAR AGO BECAUSE I AM THE SAX PLAYER IN A TAMBORAZO ZACATECANO, OH MY GOD DOES IT SOUND PRETTY! I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO PLAY THE SAXOPHONE, FROM BEGINNER TO PROFESSIONAL! SONGS SUCH AS "LA COCOCHA" WHICH ARE HARD NOTES TO HIT SOUND GREAT. GOOD PRODUCT.

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