WHAT IS THE WARRANTY?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BIG BELL STONE SERIES AND THE VINTAGE REBORN SERIES?

WHAT ARE THE PRICES?

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT HAND-ENGRAVINGS ON VINTAGE REBORN SAXOPHONE MODELS? WHICH MODELS ARE LIMITED?

WHAT IS THE BRUTE?

WHAT IS A FAT NECK® AND WHICH SAXOPHONE MODELS HAVE IT?

WHAT IS HAND CUSTOMIZATION?

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT MODEL OF SAXOPHONE I HAVE?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROFESSIONAL, SEMI-PRO, and STUDENT/INTERMEDIATE MODELS?

ARE MOUTHPIECES INCLUDED WITH YOUR SAXOPHONES?

ARE CANNONBALL SAXOPHONES AND TRUMPETS CAPABLE OF PLAYING BOTH JAZZ AND CLASSICAL?

WHAT IS MEANT BY DIVINE INSPIRATION?

WHY DOESN'T CANNONBALL ALLOW THEIR DEALERS TO SELL OVER THE WEB?

ARE SPARE PARTS AVAILABLE?

ARE THERE PLACES ON THE INTERNET WHERE I CAN CORRESPOND WITH OTHER CANNONBALL PLAYERS?


What is the difference between the Big Bell Stone Series and the Vintage Reborn Series?
The Big Bell Stone Series® Saxophones have a Big Bell. Cannonball is the originator of the Big Bell, which we developed to create a big, full, resonant sound. The modern-day touch pieces and improvements add to the playability, strength, and feel of the instrument. The Big Bell Stone Series Baritones and sopranos include 2 necks of different finishes or styles. The altos and tenors in that series include an original neck and also a FAT NECK®. This series is adorned with 15-17 semi-precious stones for finger button touch pieces as well as other places. The Big Bell Stone Series is laser engraved with a design created by Cannonball artist, Kelly Ricks.

The Vintage Reborn® Saxophones represent and honor the vintage horns from decades ago. They have a traditional size bell and one traditional style neck. With a compact and centered sound, a lighter action, and vintage-style touch pieces, the Vintage Reborn saxophones reflect the sound look and feel of saxophones of the past while incorporating today's state-of-the-art innovations. This series is adorned with 7 semi-precious stones for touch pieces. The Vintage Reborn saxophones are hand engraved in Utah by Cannonball artists.

Both Series are professional saxophones.

What are the different hand-engravings on Vintage Reborn Saxophone models which models are limited?

There are several designs of hand-engraving with the original art created by Kelly Ricks, and the actual hand-engraving done by 3 resident Cannonball artists. There are limited engraving designs, and a non-limited engraving design.

LIMITED
Pete Christlieb Dragster: 200 altos, 200 tenors (2008 - 2009) link for Pete Christlieb Dragster engraving photo Lady Godiva: 400 altos, 400 tenors (2008-2010) link for Lady Godiva engraving photo Sea Dog: 400 altos, 250 tenors (2010 - ) link for Sea Dog engraving photo * The limited number is on the front of the horn on the bell-to-bow brace.

UNLIMITED
Pete Christlieb Traditional Flower ~ (2009 - )



What is the Brute?
"The Brute" is available in all "Big Bell Stone Series" and "Vintage Series" saxophones. Instead of a traditional finish, the raw brass has been treated with an aging process. It will wear like an aged brass door knob. Where the hands touch, it will be lighter and where the hands don't touch, it will be more antique looking. Due to the aging process for creating "The Brute", no two horns are exactly alike. It somewhat resembles a patina, with different saxophones ranging from gold to deep chestnut.




What is a FAT NECK and which saxophone models have it?
The FAT NECK is named for its "FAT" sound. The octave tube vent is on the bottom of the saxophone neck rather than on the top. This creates a free pathway for the air to travel, allowing for deeper lows, less resistance and a fat sound. The Big Bell Stone Series Tenors and Altos come standard with one FAT NECK and one Traditional style neck.


What are the prices?
If you would like to know pricing, please contact your local Cannonball dealer. If you need assistance finding your Cannonball dealer, please send a dealer inquiry to: findadealer@cannonballmusic.com and include your name (optional), city, state and zip code. (This is the manufacturing site for Cannonball Musical Instruments. Instruments are only sold through Cannonball dealers.)



What is Hand-Customization?
This is far more than regulating the keys and making sure that the mechanics work well. Our acoustical customization experts have the knowledge to change the pitch of any note without moving tone holes, or changing pad height. They can open the sound on any note. They can give the horn warmth or sizzle and can perfect the feel of the instrument to even the most subtle degree. Hand customization is done on all of our instruments, with more time spent on the professional models.



How can I find out what model of saxophone I have?
Please look at your serial number and go to our Chronology page.



Alcazar student/intermediate Alto
The student/intermediate alto has several upgrades - high F#, detachable bell, blue steel springs, ribbed construction, and hard rubber mouthpiece. It sounds great and plays well in tune. CEO, Sheryl Laukat, comments, "Having the experience of a Jr. High band director, I was able to see how much better my beginning students progressed if they had a high quality horn that played in tune. The feel of the keys are slightly more suited to smaller and medium sized hands. The beginning student's musical experience as well as their self esteem, can be truly accelerated or dampened by the ability of their instrument to play in tune, as well as the playability of the instrument. We love to see students succeed."



Are mouthpieces included with your saxophones?
Yes! We've taken care to include great Cannonball mouthpieces!

The Pro and Semi-Pro Alto, Tenor, and Soprano have hard rubber mouthpieces which are made in Germany and faced in the United States. The Bari has an ebonite mouthpiece made and faced in the United States. The student saxophone comes standard with an ebonite classical mouthpiece. The following mouthpieces are available for pro and semi-pro saxophone models. Please note the standard mouthpiece that comes with the horn.

Alto:
CAM 5: Tip opening = .077" for Jazz, Blues, Rock etc. (STANDARD)
CAM C*: Tip opening = .064" "Cannonball Classic" for classical playing, bands, symphony etc.


Tenor:
CTM 5: Tip opening = .085" also for Jazz, Blues, Rock etc. (STANDARD)
CTM 7: Tip opening = .100" for Jazz, Blues, Rock etc.
CTM C*: Tip opening = .085" "Cannonball Classic" for classical playing, bands, symphony etc. The tip opening is the same as our 5, but the inside baffle and chamber are modified.


Soprano:
CSM C*: Tip opening = .055" "Cannonball Classic" for classical playing. (STANDARD)
CSM 7: Tip opening = for Jazz, Blues, Rock, New Age, etc.


Bari:
CBM C* Tip opening = 78 thousandths "Cannonball Classic" for classical playing, bands, symphony etc.


For Clarinet:

Piacere and Veloce Clarinets: Hard Rubber mouthpieces
Fiore and Zeloso Clarinets: Plastic mouthpieces For Pro Trumpets:

Pro Trumpets: Cannonball 3C mouthpiece

To learn all you need about how mouthpieces affect sound production (and be entertained at the same time) we recommend the book, "Woodwind Mouthpiece Selection" by Bob Scarff.



Trumpet Mouthpieces 3C: All of our trumpets come standard with the Cannonball 3C. It is a good, mid-size mouthpiece, ideal for advanced or intermediate level players. It allows a player to move across the full range of the instrument without sacrificing tone or endurance.



Pro Models

For the pro models, there is much care taken for finesse and acoustical customization the horn. There is more time taken on hand customizing to achieve ease of altissimo, big low end, and even timbre, open altissimo, rich lows, even timbre, full-bodied sound, and in-line overtones. The sound capability is much bigger.
To read more about our most current Pro Model, Big Bell Stone Series, go to our Stone Series page. To read about past pro models, go to our chronology page.



Are Cannonball Saxophones capable of playing both Jazz and Classical?
SAXOPHONES

According to the player and the mouthpiece set-up, Cannonball Saxophones can play jazz, classical, rock, blues, and any style one chooses. It is important to us that our saxophone is capable of "keeping up with the brass" to be able to play lead and cut through the jazz band, while also having the capability to play beautiful classical lines requiring whispering entrances, subtle nuances, filled-with-emotion crescendos, and a carefully controlled warm sound. We have endorsers of classical, jazz, country, pop, funk and more.

TRUMPETS

We understand that each player has a different approach to their instrument regardless of the style of music they principally play. Cannonball provides two models of trumpet as well as four different finishes, each offering unique characteristics of feel and tone. All of our trumpets are appropriate in any setting. This is one reason why we encourage you to try a variety of models at an authorized dealer in order to find the best combination of features for your needs.



What is meant by Divine Inspiration?
In our Cannonball History, we give credit where credit is due as far as our ideas and successes. We now give thanks to our Creator for His watchful and tender care in our lives. We don't expect that everyone believes exactly as we do. We hope, however that our faith helps us to build the best quality instruments we can while doing business in an ethical manner. We sincerely want to provide high-quality yet affordable horns for students and professionals. We hope that you'll try one.



Why doesn't Cannonball let their dealers sell over the web?
CEO, Sheryl Laukat states, "With my experience of being a Jr. High School band director, I learned the invaluable lesson of how important it is to have good music stores in the community. They can provide service, quality repair and information, as well as lesson opportunities, learning centers and community programs. Cannonball likes to gravitate to the stores who help service the schools in their area. It's very important that our customers are happy with the horn not only when they purchase it but for years ahead, and that they can feel confident about the music store in their community who will provide the service they deserve.

Cannonball supports the local music store selling in their own community because we believe consumers of musical instruments such as saxophones and trumpets will be happier being able to test play and choose the exact instrument which fits their needs best. The music store will be able to give them professional assistance where needed. Every acoustic musical instrument has its own personality. For example, in choosing a grand piano for our home, we played many many pianos before making a decision. We chose a certain brand, but there are so many differences for every piano within that brand. We chose one that worked for us. In listening to hundreds of saxophones players, it has been our experience that each player sounds differently on each saxophone according to his/her embouchure and set-up.

Just because one player sounds the best on one certain saxophone or finish doesn't mean that every player will sound the best on that exact instrument. We believe our customers should be able to choose the best horn for them."



Are spare parts available?
Yes! We have a huge supply of spare parts. Most of our dealers have a supply of spare parts, and if they need something specific which they don't have in stock, we usually can get it to them immediately but never more than three weeks.



Are there other places on the internet where I can correspond with other Cannonball players?
Official Cannonball Facebook fan page
Official Cannonball Youtube channel
Official Cannonball Myspace page
Official Cannonball Twitter page



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