I agree. This mystery brand might be ok, but I wouldn't bet on it. If I were a dabbler, and simply can't afford or justify the more than $1k it costs to get one of the more solid/reputable Taiwan import brand sopranos, then I too would get a Kessler for $499. He sets them up before shipping too, which could save your student from spending anywhere up to $100 to get the instrument in top mechanical condition. This is in fact what I recommended to a local acquaintance who is an African drummer (in both senses of the word) who wants to get into soprano sax, but doesn't have a lot of dough.For instance, I know Dave Kessler's (in Las Vegas - a site sponsor) reputation and I would trust his operation to make his contract with a maker who will meet his demands for quality and features. I bought a Kessler alto for my grandson and he is still playing it. Good horn, especially for the price.