The Sceptyr™ is built alongside and set up to the same superior standards as our top professional models.
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.
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.
The High F# key extends the saxophone’s range and makes high passages easier to play.
Our sturdy brass thumb hook is adjustable so you can set it to the angle that best fits your own hands.
Each Cannonball® saxophone bell is formed from a single sheet of brass and hand hammered before being meticulously hand-smoothed and evened.
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.
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.
The Cannonball® hand-hammering process, which follows annealing, hardens the brass and gives our instruments superior ring and resonance.
Our Italian Pisoni water-resistant leather pads have been specifically chosen for long life, excellent sealing, and the superior feel they add to the key action.
Our pads have riveted nickel-plated brass resonators that are specifically chosen for optimum performance and sound.
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.
Forged brass has much greater strength and uniformity than cast brass, so our keys resist bending and hold their adjustment exceptionally well over time.
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.
The “tilting spatula” rocking mechanism allows fast and fluid transitions between the low C-sharp and low B-flat keys.
Acoustical Customizing is the most important thing that happens to each Cannonball® saxophone. This work goes above and beyond expectations. 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 feel, effortless slotting, and a focused and resonant tone. When you pick up a Cannonball® saxophone, we want you to love it as much as our acoustical technicians love it. We want you to say, “I can’t put this horn down!”
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