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CANNONBALL SAXOPHONE REVIEWSCannonball Saxophones first showed up on the scene in 1996, making this a "new sax manufacturer" in the scheme of things with makers like Selmer and Borgani being decades old. Made in Taiwan with operations in Utah, owners Tevis and Sheryl Laukrat researched new design concepts and found partners in Taiwan to work with them to make there dream a reality; Cannonball Musical Instruments.
Today Cannonball Saxophones are regarded as a quality option to the Big 4 Manufacturers that have dominate sales for years. Players endorsing these Saxes include Gerald Albright (a personal hero of mine), Pete Christlieb, and local So Cal hero Steve Tavaglione among others. Latest products at Cannonball include the Gerald Albright signature series Alto and Tenor Saxes and the new Stone Series Saxes are now available.
Now I must admit that I spend a lot more time keeping up on the Big 4's latest products and have not played the Cannonball Saxes nearly as often as the new Shadows or Reference Saxes. I did play thru the Cannonball Saxophone line last year and here are my quick thoughts.
My experience with Cannonball went from small to big with my favorites being from small to big. My favorite Cannonball Sax was the little curved Soprano with the Black Nickel plate. This Soprano is a great value and sounded incredible. I was walking around a trade show and heard an awesome Soprano Player that I walked toward to find out who it was. I came around the corner and found Steve Tavaglione playing the black curved Soprano Saxophone. Steve is a great Sax Player and he totally sold me on that Soprano. He gave it to me to play and wow! It was great sounding, full toned, in my face and beautiful. I really liked this Soprano!
I later heard Gerald Albright playing and he sounded amazing as always. I was impressed with the fact that this Sax did not change the way Gerald sounded but aloud him to be himself. I talked to Gerald and he told me they were working on a Gerald Albright Signature Model at the time. It is now available.
When I tried the Cannonball Alto Saxophone I was impressed with the cost to quality, but not sold on grabbing my check book and getting one that very minute. It is a really nice sounding Alto Sax and very reasonably priced.
The Tenor and Baritone really did nothing for me. They both seemed a little dead to me, not very responsive at all. Now is a good time to remind you of our Disclaimer Statement. For more reviews on Cannonball Saxophones, see below.
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