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I played one briefly and found it to be big. Felt a bit like my Conn baritone but bigger. Looked a bit like a Conn too, similar keys.
Well that bass sax is not a C bass. It is an Adolphe Sax original Bb bass, circa 1877, on display at the National Music Museum, on the campus of the University of South Dakota.
Furthermore, that particular photo on the Aquilasax website, was taken off my website. I can tell by the frame around it. I used the photos with permission, and framed all the Adolphe Sax horns with that antique looking frame when I wrote about them in July 2008.
I will second that, in terms of sound, apparent build quality and ergonomics.
Pete, I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to part with my vintage bass in order to buy a new Jinbao-made horn.
There are literally boat loads of saxes to chose from if you're interested in picking up an alto. Let your teacher help you pick one out.
Have you found a teacher yet? That will go a long way towards avoiding picking up a bunch of nasty habits that will hold back your playing. Since you're already a musician, you of course realize the importance of this, so I'm likely preaching to the choir. But I wouldn't be doing my job here on the forum, if I didn't at least mention this.
Sorry, in automotive terms it means reproduction, usually of a vintage part. Figured it was fitting.