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I've recently been looking at an alto made by Jollysun and as I haven't heard of this make before I thought I would ask if any of you have heard of it and know if it is any good or not?
 

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more info would really help.
how old?
pictures?
serial number?
bell key design and other design features?
 

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I like the name. It sounds Oriental, but somewhat reminisant of an old Louis Armstrong song.
 

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It's one of the recent Chinese/Taiwanese ones. There are some decent saxes from that part of the world, but I don't think this is among them.
 

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http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index.php?qid=20070812065808AAkQLc7

This says its from the middle east, google found an address in the UAE for "Jadecity Industries", but they might be middlemen for a chinese manufacturer

I'm just guessing, but I suspect that for what it costs to buy new there are probably saxes available used from manufacturers with a bit more track record and reputation.

Thats not to say that some of these cheap brands are not good horns for the money (or more), but without playing one its really hard to make a good call on a particular cheap horn. Buyer beware applies more to these than say to a used Yamaha or even a used "cheap" Taiwanese horn like a Jupiter or Antigua Winds horn, where the brand has a certain reputation and history behind it.

My feeling is that this might be a cheap way to get started, but if you become more serious about playing you will want to upgrade, and this horn will be effectively worthless as it will be hard to find a buyer for a used no name horn of unknown quality.
 

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Hello BantonStar I have not heard of this brand before. The name sounds Asian maybe Chinese origin. Did you see this sax on ebay? Look around on the forum do a search on Chinese horns.

If this is your first saxophone Yamaha makes a good student model yas-23 you can find them on ebay used for not a lot of money. Also check out www.KesslerMusic.com they sell a nice student model as well (see banner add at the top of this page). Take your time and read as many post as possible before you buy.
 

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White gloves in the case say "Hello, I'm from China".
 

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Black gloves say "I've been playing my new Chinese Sax in a coal mine."
 

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Come on!! would you want to admit to people you are playing a 'JOLLYSUN' !!crap name usually means crap
Dave
 

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Mmmm. some of the Cannonball names are a bit sad in my opinion, and thats without getting into the mystical stone nonsense, and yet no one seems to think the worse of those horns...

Or "Radio Improved"...what sort of a name is that!
 

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Dave dix said:
Come on!! would you want to admit to people you are playing a 'JOLLYSUN' !!crap name usually means crap
Dave
It's all in the way you pronounce it.

Don't say JOLLY SUN but rather JOL LYSUN or JO LLYSUN or maybe JOL LY SUN.
Now it doesn't sound so bad.

As to the quality?
Who knows. I might be good, it might not.
Only one way to find out.
 

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Do a search.
There sold by Jadecity Industries of the United Arab Emirates.
A company with only 5 employees.

These saxes come in PURPLE!!
 

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Interesting info:

We are a Manufacturer, Exporter , Dropshipper st all types of musical instruments.saddle,equine items,equerian products.

A sax and a saddle. There's a combination.
I still can't help but wonder if they are buying these from China and not actually making them but mainly acting as a distributor.

I'm now putting way too much thought into this but the name of the company is Jadecity .... Jade City?

I don't know much about Arabic culture.
Are items made of Jade and using white gloves part of their culture too?
Just wondering.
 

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Do a search.
There sold by Jadecity Industries of the United Arab Emirates.
A company with only 5 employees.

These saxes come in PURPLE!!
And that search tells you what about its ergonomics, build quality, tone etc etc?

Once upon a time Yanigisawa had only 5 employees and horns from Japan were universally derided.

Its probably not up to much, but we dont know. Some chinese horns are perfectly OK for what they cost, so who's to say, maybe the UAE is the next hotbed for sax innovation:)

The honest answer to the original question is "no, we have never heard of them."
 

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The honest answer to the original question is "no, we have never heard of them."
Well, in truth I have actually heard of them. In fact I even had to use 'not Jollysun' in searches as they were all over eBay like a rash (and for all I know still are - I just don't see them any more ;) ).
 

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Well, in truth I have actually heard of them. In fact I even had to use 'not Jollysun' in searches as they were all over eBay like a rash (and for all I know still are - I just don't see them any more ;) ).
I initially bought a jollysun alto sax in purple colour and i on receipt I played it and i was amazed by the beautiful sound and intonation of the jollysun alto sax. I was so happy with it i went on to buy a tenor black sax and a blue soprano sax and I am using it from the last 2 years and not a single time did it require any maintainence . I would definetely recommend it and the price too is very economic. You can read the positive feedbacks of jollysun instruments in ebay to satisfy yourselves more.
 

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Hi Baton,

Some of the Chinese saxophones can be good beginner instruments for those not sure if they're going to like it enough to spend thousands. Although, I haven't heard anything about the Jollysun. I saw them on ebay but that's about it.

If you want something more tested, I'd recommend a Largo. The seller is here in Australia. I have one (well, two) and they sound great. It played fantastic right out of the box -- no leaks, all keys working, sounding great and keeps going.

It costs about $80 shipping to the US, but is certainly worth it when the instrument is only selling at $300ish US (I don't know the current exchange rate).

They also come in fancy colours, but aren't trash underneath. The seller offers a full refund if you're not happy, although you'd have to pay to ship it back. Although thousands of people have bought them and not wanted to give them back -- me included!

http://stores.ebay.com/Largo-Australia
 

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You can read the positive feedbacks of jollysun instruments in ebay to satisfy yourselves more.
With all due respect ebay feedback is useless to tell you anything about a horn. Most if it is from parents who know nothing (otherwise they would have bought a used YAS23 for their kid) who are just happy its arrived in one piece, is shiney and new, and makes some noise.

I wonder what they think two years later when they are buying a step up horn already and cant give the original horn away.

As a first post, Im happy that its worked for you, but you run the risk of sounding like a JollySun employee/ owner;)
 
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