I'm not an expert on saxophones, but it seems like a perfectly good instrument for a beginner, at a fraction of the cost of other saxophones. My daughters only concerns were (1) the color was slightly different from what everyone else in the band had (this one is gold, and everyone else's is more of a copper color); and (2) the neck strap isn't good. So, we bought a new neck strap for about $10. Other than that, she is honking merrily away on it. This was a LOT better than paying over $1000 for a big-name brand.
I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my 11 year old to use in his first year of band. I figured it would be cheaper then continuing to rent an instrument since he plans to take band again in 7th grade. This is a nice looking instrument and it comes in a gorgeous bag, but I've already had to have it repaired twice due to sound and key problems. Unfortunately, repairs are not cheap....at least when you rent they are covered in the rental. Hopefully we finally have it up and running for awhile; my son likes it but it definitely does not play smoothly nor is the sound the best. I will do all I can to keep it going until he finishes band next year and if he continues I will need to make a smarter investment. It is a good starter instrument and would recommend giving it a shot, but be prepared for small repairs along the way.
I bought this for my son who has started band this year and insisted on playing the sax. A very expensive choice. I shopped around and this was a great price. I was a little worried about the quality until we got it home, it looks and sounds just as good as the other kids instruments, and we are just as pleased as can be with this purchase. Thanks again Overstock!
Based on all the other reviews, mine must be a bad apple or other customers are more concerned about the looks than the sound when this tend to be first purchases for novice students. My daughter has played saxophone with her school band for a year when we needed to purchase another since the old one would cost more to repair. This saxophone came with everything (including music stand); it looks beautiful until she tried playing it. We had a friend who is a professional player examine the instrument and he said the construction is very poor, air was leaking through most of the pads so it was not possible to make a good sound. None of the local music shop I contacted would be willing to make fixes to this particular brand (Merano). It shouldn't require any fixing given it was brand new. It was disappointing and I had to return it.
I was very pleased at the sound quality that my child made as he is just a beginning band member. This instrument makes a beautiful sound, especially for the price. I saved at least $250 by purchasing it here and I did research several music stores.
- How accurate was the sizing? very accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. the quality was great
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes