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Our Alcazar mouthpiece is specially designed and hand-finished to be easy to play and create an in-tune, beautiful tone.
The High F# key extends the saxophone’s range and makes high passages easier to play.
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.
Keywork Designed for Smaller Hands
With the advancing student in mind, we designed the keys of the Alcazar series saxophones to accommodate smaller hands while still being comfortable for players with larger hands.
Adjustable Thumb Hook
Our thumb hook is adjustable so you can set it to the angle that best fits your own hands.
Hard Wood-Shell Case
Each Alcazar comes in a durable, professional-style case that includes a large storage compartment, as well as individual slots to store and protect both your mouthpiece and your neck.
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.