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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.
16 Semi-Precious Stones
In addition to their striking beauty, the semi-precious stones adorning Cannonball saxophones are patented for the tonal characteristics they add to the saxophone.
High F# / High G Keys
High F# and High G keys extend the saxophone’s range and makes high passages easier to play.
Two Hand Customized Necks (Straight / Curved)
Each Big Bell Stone Series® Soprano comes with two hand-customized necks: one straight, and one curved. Each neck is adjusted for superior projection, rich tone, and precise pitch. Our acoustical technicians meticulously adjust each neck to perform optimally on the specific saxophone.
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.
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.
Stabilizing Brace for Left-Hand Spatula
The four left-hand table keys are susceptible to being knocked out of adjustment when their top post moves, so we have added an additional lateral brace to keep it in place, especially when the horn is hit or dropped.
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!"