(ASCEP-L) Sceptyr Alto

(ASCEP-BL) Sceptyr Alto
Black-Nickel Body/Lacquer Keys

(ASCEP-BS) Sceptyr Alto
Black-Nickel Body/Silver-Plated Keys
Sceptyr Semi-Professional Alto
The Sceptyr embodies the feel and soul and quality construction of our professional models.
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Pro Action and Keys
Each Sceptyr is constructed and set up to the same superior standards as our top professional models.

The addition of Blue-Abalone touch pieces gives the Sceptyr a distinguising yet classy look.

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Hard Rubber Mouthpiece

Cannonball Mouthpieces are made of quality hard rubber and carefully crafted play easily and to create a clear, rich, beautiful tone. They are the choice of many professional saxophonists around the world.

Blue Abalone Key Buttons

Carved from the iridescent nacre of abalone shells, these natural key touches add a unique and stunning touch to the appearance of the Sceptyr series saxophones.

High F#

The High F# key extends the saxophone’s range and makes high passages easier to play.

Ribbed Construction

Posts are silver-soldered onto metal “ribs” that are then soft-soldered to the saxophone body. This makes the instrument stronger and more rigid, which helps keep the instrument in adjustment and minimizes damage if hit or dropped.

Ribbed construction also makes the horn easier to repair if damage does occur. This means that if serious damage is done to the saxophone, your repair costs will be lower.

Detachable Bell and Bow

The bell and bow can be removed from the body by a qualified repair technician in the event of serious damage. This reduces repair costs as it allows repairs to be done quicker, easier, and more effectively.

Triple Annealed Bell, Bow, & Neck

The bell, bow, and necks go through an annealing process several times, heating and then cooling the brass to specific temperatures. This annealing process gives the horn a warmer, more even tone.

Cannonball’s hand-hammering process, which follows annealing, hardens the brass and gives our instruments superior ring and resonance.

Italian Water-Resistant Leather Pads with Wool Felt

Our Italian water-resistant leather pads have been specifically chosen for long life, excellent sealing, and the superior feel they add to the key action.

Convex Nickel-Plated Brass Resonators

Our pads have riveted nickel-plated brass resonators that are specifically chosen for optimum performance and sound.

Blued Steel Springs

Steel needle springs allow for the most precise, even key tension. The bluing process makes the steel resistant to rust and corrosion, which extend the life of the springs.

Upper and Lower Stack Adjustment Screws

Upper and lower stack adjustment screws allow for easier and more precise regulation and adjustment. Under each stack adjustment screw we use synthetic cork, which (unlike natural cork) resists compression over time, so the fine adjustments on your saxophone will last.

Power Forged Keys

Forged brass has much greater strength and uniformity than molded brass, so our keys resist bending and hold their adjustment exceptionally well over time.

Pivoting C# - Bb Table Mechanism

The “tilting spatula” rocking mechanism allows fast and fluid transitions between the low C-sharp and low B-flat keys.

Relief Springs on G# and Low C# Keys

Relief springs help lift open the G-sharp and C-sharp keys when they would otherwise “stick” and remain closed.

Machined One-Piece Neck Receiver

Instead of soldering the post that holds the neck tension and lyre screws, our receiver is machined out of a solid piece of brass. This adds great strength and durability to the neck receiver.

Adjustable Metal Thumb Hook

Our sturdy brass thumb hook is adjustable so you can set it to the angle that best fits your own hands.

Hand Acoustically Customized

The most important thing that sets Cannonball apart is the acoustical customizing that we do to every instrument. Specially trained and talented acoustical adjusters work on each saxophone, adjusting the bore, air flow, and more until they are satisfied that each horn has an open altissimo, rich lows, even timbre, full-bodied sound, and in-line overtones. When you pick up a Cannonball saxophone, we want you to enjoy it as much as our acoustical technicians do - we want you to say, "I can't put this horn down!"

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