(GA5-B) Gerald Albright Signature Alto
Black-Nickel

(GA5-SB) Gerald Albright Signature Alto
Silver-Plated Body / Black-Nickel Bow and Bell
Black-Nickel Keys
Gerald Albright Signature Series Altos
The Gerald Albright Signature Pro Series saxophones take the Big Bell Stone Series to another level. In collaboration with Gerald Albright, we designed the elaborate hand-engraving that adorns each saxophone with a strikingly elegant look. The black Italian pads complete the look of these saxophones, and embody the soul of the master, Gerald Albright, himself.
Available Finishes - Click for large picture

   
    
Two Necks
Each Gerald Albright Signature Series Alto Saxophone comes with two necks: an original neck in black nickel plate, and Cannonball's patented Fat Neck® in silver plate.        More on the Fat Neck...


Semi-Precious Stones
The Stone Series® is adorned with semi-precious stones. These beautiful stones give the instrument a striking look, as well as changing the way the instrument resonates.


Hand Engraving
Each Gerald Albright Signature Series Saxophone is hand engraved by artisans in Salt Lake City, Utah.



Click on a feature for more Information

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 Picasso Jasper 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.

Hand Engraved

Artisans in our Salt Lake City facility intricately hand-engrave the each Gerald Albright Signature Series saxophone. Gerald Albright is an avid golfer, so at his request we’ve hidden a pair of golf clubs in the striking engraving motif – see if you can find them!

Designed in Collaboration with Gerald Albright

The appearance and acoustic preferences were designed and fine tuned in collaboration with Gerald Albright.

High F#

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

Two Hand Customized Necks

Each Gerald Albright Signature Series Alto Saxophone comes with two necks: an original neck in black nickel plate, and Cannonball's patented FAT Neck® in silver plate. Each neck is hand customized for superior projection, rich tone, and precise pitch. Our acoustical technicians meticulously adjust each neck to perform optimally on the specific saxophone.

Hand Engraved

Artisans in our Salt Lake City facility intricately hand-engrave the each Gerald Albright Signature Series saxophone. Gerald Albright is an avid golfer, so at his request we’ve hidden a pair of golf clubs in the striking engraving motif – see if you can find them!

Ribbed Construction

Our ribbed construction adds to the durability of a Cannonball saxophone. Cannonball saxophones (excl. baris) are built with ribbed construction. The posts are soldered onto metal ribs that are attached to the body of the saxophone. This makes the instrument much stronger and more rigid which keeps the instrument in adjustment longer and helps prevent body dents from falls.

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

Detachable Bell and Bow

The bell and bow can be removed from the instrument by a qualified repair technician in the event of serious damage. This 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.

Double Arms on Bell Keys

Double arms help keep the bell keys in regulation and resist movement due to bumps, or normal wear over time.

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.

Double Bell to Body Brace **Tenor Only**

**TENOR ONLY** - In addition to the front-to-back stabilization of the traditional “logo” brace, we added a side-to-side brace on our tenors and baritones to keep the bell section in place if 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!"


Copyright © 2016 - Cannonball Musical Instruments