Hi every body.
about the question are chinese sax worth the price?
I had the oportunity to try one this week.
I am living in gabon and it is really hard to find instruments here. Most of the time you have to buy the goods in France and then bring them back here. But I found a shop in which you could find some electronic deviceds and one day one trumpet. I asked for an euphonium for me and an alto sax for a friend who wanted to start saxophone.
We paid 250 000FCFA (=380 EUR=305USD) for each instrument shipped by DHL from singapore including local taxes (54% of the value including freight costs) and the margin of the shop.
The saxophone was in a cheap black plastic case,good looking but very fragile, nevertheless the sax is well protected inside.
The sax sems a bit heavy compared to my YAS23 the finition is ok but the key seams a bit thick.
Now lets try it!
the fist time I tried it with the mouthpiece and reeve include in the box : really hard to blow, nearly impossible to make a sound with the mouthpiece alone!! The second day I came back with my selmer mpc I could make sounds but seamingly there was a problem of octave key. after small adjusment everything was OK and I was able to play all the notes but quite hard to blow, it really need lots of pressure. The sound was not really good maybe something between the sax and oboe sound but acceptable I would say.
Then I retried the chinese mouthpiece but with a vandoren traditionnelle 2.5 intead of the unplayable include reeve. Then the sax was really easy to play easy to blow with abetter sound than with my mpc. I have to say that on the particular sax the chinese mouthpiece plays better than my selmer one!! Finally i played with this configuration without problems.
Finally I think that this instrument is a good choice for my friend because first it was the only sax to find here or he would have had to travel to get one, then it is quite easy to play even if the sound is not as good as my Yamaha's but a total learner it is not so bad, last point the price is really low. If in the coming years my friend wants to buy an other one he will have the bases to play and will be in the position to choose a good sax for him but for an other price ;-)
I also start to play my euphonium : easy to play good sound even if I am learning!
I was thinking of buying a baritone sax directly from china (about 850USD FOB) but after this test and according to my experience of saxophone I will not do it. For a good sax player it is to risky to have a bad sounded sax. even if thoses sax are good looking there is huge difference with a student sax from one of the 4 top brands.
hope this review will help