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I’m currently primarily a Bari player looking for a step up on the alto side. I currently play a Cannonball Stone Series Bari that I love and a Yamaha 23 alto that is exactly what I expected out of it. I am looking into either a Stone Series Alto or an Allora Chicago dark lacquer. I’m looking for a versatile sound lending a little towards contemporary classical and plan on using a Vandoren Optimum AL3 piece
 

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I think highly of the Allora CJ tenor but not the alto. I had one and found it to be very spread and dull. I still have the tenor. I have never played th CB alto. I seem to remember some possible tuning issues being mentioned.
 

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Why just those two? There's probably other good instruments you can afford. Budget?
 

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Christian raised the same thing I thought when I first read the opening post. If you intend to "upgrade", why go in half-steps? For the price of one of the models you mentioned, you could have a much better selection - and putting in more could give you a life-time saxophone.

Is it budget? Is it the lack of available instruments in your area test before buying? Are considering a good used pro-level instrument?

I'd think that any of the top-line saxophones would work - Yamaha's 875, Yanagisawas of any model, Selmer Serie II or Ref 54's . . . DAVE
 

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I say that as those are the two horns that I’ve been considering however I am not opposed to other brands. I struggle going with used horns as I generally can’t try them before hand as there’s few resale stores around. I’m trying to keep the budget on the low side as I’m a high school Bari player looking for something that will do the job without breaking the bank. If I could I would go with the 875 or a SA-80 I just don’t have that kind of change lying around
 

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At one time I owned both horns. Sold the Allora and still have the Cannonball two years later. It fits me.
 

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Based on one playing experience with one Cannonball Vintage model at NAMM several years ago, I'd recommend that you also consider their Vintage Reborn model. The Vintage model I played was a prototype being prepared for retail sale and it was a dream-player. A guy I knew there wanted to buy it - don't know if he was able to do it, though.

Then, reports on SOTW about the Vintage Reborn model seemed to back up my original opinion about the Vintage.

I don't know Cannonball pricing but I would expect the Vintage Reborn to be in the same price range as the model you listed. Could be wrong . . . DAVE
 

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I also have a Vintage Reborn alto and agree with Dave. If my memory is good, and the jury is still out on that one, the VR was about $200.00 less than the BB.
 
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