When we received this item some of the pads had fallen off in the case and others fell off as we attempted to assemble, which I think may be minor. This is an excellent price, especially if you are just learning. I shopped around alot. Did not want to spend much because I was just learning the instrument. Would recommend. Dalyce
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.
This was a very wise purchase. It saved us more than $600.00, and that was the cost of a used instrument! The saxaphone was slightly out of tune when we received it, but that is to be expected for a new instrument. If you're buying it, have your child's band director tune the instrument before playing. We are very pleased. rb
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