Care of your Cannonball Saxophone


  • Keep your saxophone clean.
  • Wash your hands before playing. Cannonball does not warrant deterioraton because of hand acidity.
  • Brush your teeth before playing.
  • After playing, carefully and gently wipe the outside of your saxophone down with a soft or 100% cotton cloth. *Important! Do not use chemically treated polishing cloths to wipe down your horn. If chemically treated polishing cloths are used, the warranty will not be honored.
    Keep your saxophone dry. We recommend swabbing the inside of your saxophone each time after it is played with a Drag’n SwabTM or other quality saxophone swab. Try to keep moisture off the pads.
  • Store your saxophone in its case and out of humidity whenever you aren’t playing it. Moisture and saliva cause the finish to corrode, which is beyond Cannonball’s control.
  • Keep the tenon of the neck and body receiver (where the neck is put into the body) free from all dirt, grease, and debris.
  • For silver-plated instruments, the use of silver protectant strips is helpful in reducing the rate of tarnish and oxidation. The strips should be placed on top of the horn in the case whenever it is being stored. Replace the strips every six months. Do not rub silver finishes with too much force.
  • To keep the finish looking new, carefully guard your saxophone from being scratched with rings, watches, belt buckles, zippers, etc.

    Care of your Cannonball Trumpet


  • Cleaning- Take out valves and slides and wipe off with soft rag. Place trumpet, slides and valves in warm (not hot!) water and dish soap in bathtub. Use trumpet snakes to clean out pipes. Be careful cleaning valves. Grease slides and oil valves and reassemble. Do this about once a month. Never use rods with cloth attached to clean valves, it can bend the metal and cause the valves not to work properly.
  • Keep valves well oiled in between cleanings.
  • Keep slides well greased in between cleanings. *Please note that placing the trumpet in an acid bath will ruin the stones.

    Care of your Arezzo Clarinet


  • To help prevent cracks, always allow the instrument to warm up gradually before playing.
  • Do not allow the clarinet to get too hot (left in car on a hot day) or too cold (outside in winter) as it is important that temperature changes are limited and happen gradually.
  • Wash your hands each time before playing.
    Cannonball does not warrant finish deterioration because of hand acidity.
  • Care should be taken to wipe off all moisture to prevent deterioration of the metal parts –the keys, springs, screws, and rods. Periodically oil the pivot points with thicker oil.
  • Keep your clarinet dry. We recommend swabbing the inside of your clarinet each time after it is played with a quality swab. In cooler temperatures you may want to swab more often. Never allow water to sit in the bore for more than a few minutes (10-15 at most) whenever possible.
  • Keep the corks well lubricated with quality cork grease.

    For Zeloso:
  • Wash your hands each time before playing.Cannonball does not warrant finish deterioration because of hand acidity.
  • Care should be taken to wipe off all moisture to prevent deterioration of the metal parts –the keys, springs, screws, and rods. Periodically oil the pivot points with thicker oil.
  • Keep your clarinet dry. We recommend swabbing the inside of your clarinet each time after it is played with a quality swab.
  • Keep the corks well lubricated with quality cork grease.

    Zeloso Barrels
  • The 66mm barrel will work best for most mouthpieces and players
  • The 64mm barrel helps compensate for the occasional lower pitch mouthpiece and for playing in colder situations, such as marching band or pep band.





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