I have been playing the Tenor Sax for about 5 years. My Tenor Sax is a Cannonball. For months, I have been looking for an affordable Alto Sax to use as a back up Sax. Prior to purchasing this Alto Sax, I purchased 2 or 3 affordable, inexpensive Alto Sax from Amazon and Ebay. One example was the Mendini Alto Sax. The quality of these Alto Sax were awful. With one last attempt, I viisited my local Sam Ash Store and I tried out the Benjamin Adams Alto Sax. I was really surprised that the quality was pretty good. It was able to play through all the note, even high F#! Downside, I really wish it would have came with a much better case. My Cannonball came with a beautiful black alligator textured hard case with gold accents.