Yup, the chinese versions were called Mac20 I believe.Well that's good to hear that Mr. Barone put that model out to pasture and went with the current model. Those China models where they from the Mac8 era? I understand the model he's sending us now replaced the Mac8's.
I do agree. I had one of the early barone mac8 altos and it was not very well made..clunky and had a few build problems. My orpheo signature was much better quality.There is no proof that these Allora saxophones are the same as Barones. They might look similar but that means nothing.
Many Asian saxophones have "cosmetic" similarities but the bore, tone-hole placement, bell/bow, etc... can be very much different.