What musicians are saying about Phil Barone Saxophones
This vintage alto is awesome! The sound and tone is just what I was looking and hoping to hear. And it is so easy to play. As you said, this is the best deal in the industry.
- Derrick J Holmes
A few friends who were there commented on how good I sounded, and it feels great in my hands, better than anything I've ever owned. Thank you!
- Joe M.
He was floored, I mean, absolutely blown away. He couldn't believe it, especially the ease of altissimo notes and I couldn't believe how good he sounded on your alto when he played it.
It is the best Tenor sax I could imagine to be built. I love the attention to detail, no acid weep, soldered fittings fine, rolled tone holes, nice even spring action.
- Steve Soloway
I was finally able to open the box today for my Classic alto (gone on vacation). Wow, this horn is stellar. This horn definitely is something special.
- Josh Heaney
This Classic Tenor is still killing man! I love it. Not missing the MK VI at all. I have been playing for 32 years and this sax is like butter!
- Jim B.
Everything in excellent condition, no issues. It's absolutely beautiful and plays as well as it looks. I'm really impressed with the construction, feel and sound.
- John Ebert
First impressions is that it has a HUGE, BIG FAT SOUND; free blower, with that small bit of resistance which is essential to vary palette. These horns Phil are the classics of the future; I am BLOWN...
- Adrian R.
Well, since I sent the last email I've had a bit of a go on the horn... friggin fantastic. Every bit of it is stupidly easy and smooth to play and even makes my weak technique sound bearable.
- Jeff K.
I've owned a beautiful Mark VI, Yamaha Customs, Bueschers, a Series II and several other horns. I've sold everything else. Your horns are the best I've ever played.
The horn is superb! The metal mouthpiece is amazing as well, with the right balance between edginess and control. Thanks Phil! I've never sounded so good on tenor!
- Koh Hong Kwan
My PB Vintage tenor and NY mouthpiece that came with the horn are the greatest! I don't even care to play my 3 other Selmer tenors.
- Charles Allen
I want to thank you so much for your help and your fine products. I also want to thank you for your patience with me in the selection process.
- Greg Anderson
The turquoise abalone touch pieces were a great surprise (absolutely stunning). Very good balance and weight distribution. Great craftsmanship... absolutely awesome!!
- Jason Bresnan
I received the horn today and I am thrilled with the purchase and dealing with you has been nothing short of amazing.
- Brian Murphy
It sounds great, looks great, and seems very solidly built. I let a mark VI playing friend of mine play it, and he said the action was quicker than his VI.
- Posted on the Sax on the Web forum
As expected, a very beautiful instrument, and the level of your mouthpieces: excellent!
Anyway, congratulations on an outstanding value and great service. This is truly a pro level horn and something I'll be working with for years.
- Bill Jackson
I'm blowing it, and it’s incredible! What's more, the mouthpiece too - looks like I'll be selling my other Hard Rubbers - fuller sound even on my others two tenors!
- Rico G.
The PB Copper Alto arrived today but I only got to it tonight, so just 20 minutes of playing, but so far it is FANTASTIC!!!! It played fine out of the box.
- Conrado Hinrojisa
The intonation on yours is spot on, and the low notes make your hairs stand up and your arms tingle. What more could you ask for?
- Steve Huff
The tone of this horn is incredible! I'm in disbelief that this sax is richer in tone than all of my former horns with the same mouthpiece/reed.
What a change! So much more responsive, free-blowing, rich, full - too many adjectives to list here. I am now able to get the sound I have been searching for.
- Thad Noland
When I played it, it blew people away. I really couldn't be happier, as I've really only played it a few times (due to exams!!) and already I'm getting a great big sound, even fuller than my YTS62!
- Neil J.
Overall, I'm floored Phil. This horn plays with a richer, fatter sound than the Reference 54 I owned for years, and reminds me of the best vintage horns I've ever had through my hands, but with the...
The Barone plays so good, that I am selling my mint 82Z Tenor which costs twice as much. Barones' horns are amazing and so are their prices.
- Eric M.
It's big, and every note in every register plays easily. I love it! And while I don't usually care what a horn looks like, I can't stop staring at this one!
- Derrick L. Williams
Also, a warning to all future Barone buyers: make sure to practice some before you order, because when the horn comes you will feel like you do not want to stop playing.
For me this was the perfect horn, and the price was amazing, Phil has been great and the free vintage mouthpiece is now my favorite tenor piece hands down.
Thank you so much for making these amazing horns at the even more amazing price.
The ease of sound from low b flat to high f sharp is phenomenal and the sound is dark and huge. The key work also is tight and very responsive.
- Ricky Scheuerle
I received the tenor today and I was very impressed with the tone and the immaculate cosmetic condition of the horn. I have to admit that you really did it Phil.
It’s as loose and exciting as my MK VI, but it actually has a bigger sound, it performs flawlessly and is easy on the eyes. Especially for the price it’s awesome. I highly recommend this sax.
- John S.
So it has “flexibility” in pitch and tone but plays in tune and the harmonics lock right in. The altissimo is easily accessed and held.
- Mark J.
I just wanted to thank you for the sax. You really should be selling these for way more than what you are but at least wait until I buy a soprano and alto off you before you raise the prices, okay!
- Mark VanMatre
So, in case you have not figured it out yet, I am a very happy customer. If you can continue to get quality horns like these and sell them for a reasonable price, I think you will have a very...
Trying to be as objective as possible, and considering the other horns I had tried out, I really think this is a lot of horn for the money.
The intonation throughout all registers is the best of any horn I have played. The tonal qualities are rich and full throughout ranges of horn.
The young prodigy phenomenon I take lessons from was blown away. When I told him I much I paid for it, then he was really floored.
- Andy Sheedy
Physically it is very beautiful and I like the ergonomics are great; it feels great in my hands. Also, the engraving is beautiful and the golden keys look fantastic.
I am thoroughly amazed by how well this horn plays. It plays as well if not better then Yamaha, Yani, Selmer, you name it. The ergonomics are great! It feels like a VI.
He also said that in terms of build quality, the horn is one of the best he has ever seen. He couldn't believe when I told him how much I paid for it!
- Stefan E.
Out of the box it plays great. The low A is a killer note. The horn has great timbre, and wonderful responsiveness: it's round and fat and booms but if pushed it opens up easily.
- Terry Jansen
But what I like most is how responsive it is. The ease and variety of articulations and tone is most impressive and lots of fun.
- Randy Keen
I played full rehearsal, 3 hours. No problems at all. It kept in tune very well, strong sound. It was very even all around, good response, great ergonomics. Have to say I am very happy with it.
- Esteban A.
Overall, this is the best horn I have played in years. I think my Mk VI is going into its case for a while. I also should get off my backside and get my soprano ordered as well.
- K. Jones
Have spent about an hour playing the sop now, and all my first impressions are ratified. Great axe! Also, your mouthpiece is terrific.
- Terry H.
In a way, having a horn that sounds really nice but really DIFFERENT is actually about the best justification of all for keeping it.
- Jim B.
They all seem to be built well, and they all play great. I like that they all have the same key work, they all work well, blow easy and respond well.
- Unknown Poster
I had the sax set up by my repair guy yesterday and I'm very happy with it. He was a bit reluctant to believe that good saxophones can come from Taiwan, but he ended up calling it an "awesome horn."
And I don't miss the Mark VI that the Barone replaced, not at all...still blows my mind how damn good these horns are.
The question comes up in these reviews: how well built are these instruments? The answer, often, is: time will tell. A year in, these horns are rock solid, as well as being terrific saxes.
I can achieve a remarkable amount of volume with the 7* Vintage HR mouthpiece7, and it did not need to be regulated by my tech after shipping from overseas.
- Rick D.
...put it on the horn...about 2:00 aft and couldn't put the horn down till 8:30.
- Larry Hillman
I have to say it's the best piece I've seen in craftsmanship, finish, concept, the facing is killer...
I loved this piece from the first blow...
- Jorge L.
Can't thank you enough...
...is the most incredible piece I have ever played.
- J. Green
I can play these 'pieces on my tenors exclusively from here to eternity!
- Ben Weinberg
The intonation, resistance and tone is practically perfect for me.
- Ben Harrar
Definitely your best. Less resistant and easier to control...
- Ben Mozee
...this could possibly be the easiest-blowing, richest, piece I've ever played.
The soprano mouthpiece completely cured all of my intonation issues and sounds great.
The low notes where easy and responsive, as well as the high tones, very even throughout.
- Adam Connerly
I now concentrate on what I want to play instead of babying a mouthpiece...
- Jason Schwager
Basically I sound better on sax than I ever have.
- Kevin C
...for the first time in 12 years the sound in my head began to come out of my horn when I used your piece.
- Barry O.
Big, fat, robust and good résistance which I've always loved about your pieces!
...thanks for two great mouthpieces!
It has a lovely deep rich dark tone, particularly at the lower end of the horn but doesn't get at all thin or shrill at the top end.
- Tony Scott
For some reason your pieces are the only ones I can play an altissimo "g" on.
- Steven C
I'm really starting to get "the sound in my head" with your piece...
- Andy H.
I'm glad I opted for the larger tip opening; works fine for me...
- B. Sonnenberg
...the notes are produced instantly, but most importantly for me, the tone is warm and dark throughout the register.
- Nick Jones
Part of my interest is because I hear good things about your pieces...
- Paul Perez
I can’t think of one thing I would change about this piece or how it fits my needs.
- Edgardo Garcia
I have never played such a free blowing piece from top to bottom and the notes are solid throughout the register.
- Nick Peluso
...a really warm tone and great dynamic flexibility without getting airy like most other mouthpieces would.
- Sean E
It’s a whole new world of expression for me now. This piece is crazy cool.
- Darren Gholston
I have learned that no new pieces can compete (even Guardala’s, Jody jazz etc.) until this Hollywood arrived.
- David Glenn
My first impression of the Jazz piece was that it was great. And then it just got better and better.
- Buck Valiquette
Your neck greatly improved my projection, tone, and overall sound...
Great neck!! It's added a lot of color and volume to my tone...
- Bill Gaskill
...the horn balances better and is much more comfortable.
- Len Zajda
I recorded my first album with it within a week of receiving it.
- R. Bateman
The sound is great! The attack is great!
- Marc C.
...when I tried and start blowing I was excited like a child.
- J. Fooksman
I'm blown away to say the least. The intonation was superb. This is out of the box.
- Dan Glaser
I played at a private party the other night with it and got great responses.
- James Helle
...it's wonderful as I had imagined...
...horn now blows so much more freely and the tone has opened up - so the sound is brighter and fuller.
- John Peltier
...absolutely amazed! What a difference.
- Rex Olsen
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