"I like the mellow sound of the Cannonball Big Bell soprano and the fingering ease. The curved neck gives me the sound I've always looked for." ~ Jamey Aebersold
Extraordinary saxophonist and jazz educator. Writer of his famous improvisation series.
"One of the most beautiful experiences in music is to develop a oneness with the instrument of choice. The Cannonball Horns have accurately delivered every musical speech that I have given to my audiences around the world. Develop The Oneness--with Cannonball." ~ Gerald Albright
Gerald Albright is a multi-instrumentalist known for his lyrical sax playing in both contemporary and straight-ahead genres.
"I LOVE my Cannonball Alto & Soprano saxes. You can't beat the tone, the feel and (the look...I might add) of a Cannonball sax!!! From the lower to the altissimo registers, it's very consistent and smooth. For those of you who think you can't beat the sound of a vintage horn, try Cannonball. I know you will be pleasantly surprised." ~ Antonio Allen
Gospel Jazz Artist
"Wow, I am really impressed with how this horn sounds. I like the clarity of the sound and how it allows me to play so freely from the top of the horn all the way to the bottom. Each tone comes through crisp and full of resonance. The intense sound of my (T5-HS) "Hotspur" will allow for more versatility as I try to strike a balance between playing both jazz and R&B. Now, armed with such an outstanding and well-crafted instrument I openly welcome all future musical challenges." ~ Jeffrey Allen
R&B band "Mint Condition"
Afro-Latin Jazz Quintet "JOTO"
"Wow, what great horns! I love the feel. The look is uncomparable to anything I have ever seen, but most of it plays as smooth as ice. It absolutely sings in every register with ease. I even switched to the mouthpiece that came with the horn - It's incredible. I've found my soulmate - 'The Raven'." ~ Keith Anderson
Sax player with Roy Hargrove and Les McCann.
Saxophonist for John Legend
ALLEN 'BIZKIT' ARTHUR
"When I was first introduced to the cannonball saxophone, the first thing I said to myself it's just wow. The deep sound , the rapid response, the Altissimo comes out easily without any effort. And of course its warm powerful sound. The combination of the saxophone with the fat neck was perfect. The only thing left for me to do at that moment was to choose a color, and walk out the door with a new cannonball saxophone beside me." ~ Dor Assaraf
"The Cannonball Saxophones are amazing. They give me confidence to perform. My music from the Cannonball Saxophones is unique and magnificent." ~ Pedro Julio Aviles
PEDRO JULIO AVILES
"When I'm not touring, I play Philly clubs six nights a week. I need a horn that sounds great, plays great and stands up to life on the road. If I can play one that doesn't cost me a year's rent, all the better." ~ Bootsie Barnes
Bootsie Barnes - Celebrated Philadelphia Tenor player.
Currently with Bill Cosby's Dream Band.
" Fantastic instruments, and they sound even better than they look! I actually sold a very famous vintage alto and was able to get my tenor & soprano. You can't beat two pro horns for the price of one! I use the stock cannonball mouthpiece than came with my tenor, it's that good." ~ Gabriel Bello
"My Cannonball Alto & Tenor saxes make playing in any situation a real pleasure! These horns have a smooth fingerboard, play better in tune than my Mark VI's*, and have a bigger tone!!! It is also one of the best looking horns out there!! Thanks Cannonball!!" ~ Glen Berger
Saxophonist with the NFL band.
"Rarely have I found great sound and excellent flexibility in the same horn. This is the case with my Mad Meg Unlacquered tenor. Its powerfull, warm, reliable in pitch, and quick as a snake up and down the horn. Gret Job! Thank You! It's improved my music!" ~ Diego Borotti
“When I first purchased my Cannonball Alto, I was impressed by its rich tone and unique finish. I was excited to own a horn that offered style, performance and durability. Cannonball included 2 neck pieces, a beautiful case and accessories that were very convenient for a touring musician. Cannonball Saxophones really allow musicians to take their career and performance to the next level. I’m so proud and humbled to be a part of the family.” ~ J. Boykin
"For over a year I tried to find a good Mark V1 alto and tenor to replace my old Mark V1's that have seen better days but with no success - very frustrating. Also Yamaha have couriered me four custom altos and three custom tenors to try and I was considering changing to Yamaha when I discovered Cannonball saxes. I love them. They have a big vibrant sound, excellent intonation and are extremely easy to adjust to when I have to change from flute, oboe or bassoon to sax. The rich gold finish and design is better than I have usually seen on any other saxes. Tevis and Sheryl are obviously very dedicated and conscientious with their Cannonball instruments which is rare amongst instrument makers these days." ~ Errol Buddle
"During my musical life I’ve played saxophones of many fine brands. Cannonball is simply the best." ~ Andrzej Bukowski
"When I first played the Alto GA stone series Cannonball saxophone I immediately knew I had found what I was looking for, I was literally blown away! Having tried everything else on market, the Cannonball far exceeds all others. The action is superb and the responsiveness even at the bottom end is fantastic, the horn has an unparalleled big rich sound throughout the horn right into the fourth octave, playing the altissimo is easier than on any other instrument I've played on, and the intonation of the horn is just great. I can only conclude by saying that the Cannonball truly is the Ferrari of saxophones! Thank you Cannonball for enhancing my playing experience, I am proud to endorse these great instruments." ~ Mark Bunney
"The instant I picked up my Cannonball I immediately knew I had something special in my hands....the ease of playing, full rich tone, was something I had never experienced in any other horn.....simply put I put Cannonball first on the list with anyone (and I have tried them all). Every show I play I get asked about the horn and I proudly spread the word about this fine instrument. I think I have finally found my "soul mate" forever..." ~ Tommy C
Saxophonist and Musical Director for Chubby Checker
"I play a GT5-SB tenor, a Hotspur alto and a Vintage Series soprano. I fell in love in with these instruments from the very first tone! The sound is just magnificent! Soft and smooth response, with the low notes coming easier than on any other horn. Whether funky, rocking or smooth, you can do whatever you want on these horns - they are so responsive. The quality of the finish is superb. There is no doubt about it, you just have to play one! Thank you Sheryl & Tevis Laukat, Cannonball brings back the fun into playing!!! ~ Stefan Christinger
Saxophone teacher, sax player in various Swiss bands
"I play T5-HS "Hotspur" tenor and unlaquered SA-5 arc soprano. I like the powerful and full-bodied sound of these saxophones. I also like the enhanced dynamic scope of my Cannonball instruments." ~ Piotr Cieślikowski
"Me encantan los saxofones cannonball, su mejor cualidad es su sonido, como los clásicos vintage pero con una mecánica moderna. Tienen la respuesta que siempre busque, para todo tipo de música. Gran sonido y excelente afinacián. Muy buena construcción, jamás estuve mas cómodo con un saxofón" ~ Marcos Contreras
"I love Cannonball saxophones - their most outstanding quality is their sound, and it's like playing a classic vintage horn but with modern keywork. They have the response I've always been looking for, for every genre of music. Big sound and excellent intonation. Great build quality. I have never been more comfortable with a saxophone." ~ Marcos Contreras
"I have been looking for a new horn for several years to replace my trusty old King tenor and finally found it in the Big Bell Tenor. I was preparing to buy a new Custom Yamaha, but was so impressed with the comfort, playability and tone of the Cannonball that I immediately changed my mind. The response is exceptional, the altisimo is effortless and wide open. It reminds me a lot of the old Selmer Mark VI's & Balanced Actions, which is cool!" ~ Brian Crowne
"In the course of my activities as a professional musician have dealt with various brands of saxophone, always looking for a tool that met my needs and artistic techniques. By knowing the Cannonball finally found everything I ever envisioned for a saxophone. The quality of your sound allows the expression of the musical text in a complete and versatile artist facilitating the communication of their feelings. In addition to many other qualities, the result is a powerful sound, the pitch is immaculate throughout length of the instrument, there very easily in the emission of sound and, in addition to numerous other qualities, is an aesthetically beautiful instrument! One of the most important features of the Saxophone Cannoball is to have two necks, which opens a wide range of possibilities the kicker, giving the sensation of having two instruments in one." ~ Daniel Freire Cruz.
DANIEL FREIRE CRUZ
Hot Recording Artist with his current release in the JazzTrax top 10 albums of 2006. 2004 Smooth Jazz Debut Artist of the Year(Smooth Jazz News)
"I fell in love with my stone series alto immediately at first because of how beautiful it looked physically, the design and build are beyond compare. But I after I PLAYED it, I knew it would be a life long love affair. The tone, intonation, responsiveness...the horn just flat out did exactly what I told it to do without fighting. Nothing else even comes close!" ~ Lebron Dennis
"Every woodwind player dreams of a horn that can allow them to do it all. My Cannonball Vintage Reborn Alto and Stone Series Soprano are the first horns I’ve played that feel immediately as though I’ve been playing them for years. These instruments provide me with a tonal palette that allows for the right sound for the right gig. Whether it be a Broadway show, solo Jazz, or commercial work, I’m confident that I have the best horn for the job." ~ John De Simini
JOHN DE SIMINI
"After grueling months and years on the road, and around the world; my Cannonball Saxophone held up to all sorts of abuse. These horns are built well and the intonation is very consistent. I have had the pleasure of slaying many an audience with my Cannonball!...Thanks Tevis!!!" ~ Mike Dubaniewicz
Music Director and Lead alto for Maynard Ferguson.
"I absolutely love the horn. The finish is beautiful, the sound is rich and versatile and the key mechanics is smooth and consistent. I am very satisfied." ~ Dwayne Dugger
World famous saxophonist
Saxophonist with Beyoncé Knowles' All Female Band
"The richness in sound, ease of response, and wonderful craftsmanship of the many different models of Cannonball Saxophones( not to mention the beautiful artwork on the body), make Cannonball Saxophones the perfect choice for the student to the top professional saxophonist. The affordibility of a Cannonball makes this choice a no-brainer." ~ Mitch Frohman
"Cannonball is my best partner. With Cannonball, I can shout, cry, sing with joy and whisper love. Its capacity is so huge! It responds to a fascinating and delicate expression to technical passage and a blow of a full throttle. Thanks to Cannonball, I can sing from my heart on a stage and can communicate with the audience.” ~ Junnosuke Fujita
"The horns are great! feels so comfortable to blow and they cut through so well with less effort, better than a freshly overhauled selmer. Hahahaha...now a lot of people will tell you i love high notes and i hang on 'to them in a solo as long as i can and MY RAVENS DO THE JOB... my altissimo range has more power than ever, and they look so great too." ~ Ray Gaskins
JAMES B. GATES JR.
"Since day one of playing with Cannonball Saxophones I knew it was made for me. The richness in tone is just amazing" ~ Herbert "Herb" Gomez
"I am thoroughly enjoying playing my Cannonball Alto. It's very free blowing and is an extremely versatile instrument; a necessity for professional players. It was easy to play from the moment I picked it up, tuning is easy and the tone is rich and mellow, with an edge for those pop/rock moments. I love the look of it, looks great on camera as it does on stage. All in all a great Alto Sax." ~ Lisa Grahame
"My Cannonball plays so easily in the low register. I love the full-bodied sound I get out of the Big Bell! Everything about it - the quality, the craftsmanship, the design, the mechanics - all make it easy and fun to play. It is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound. Gracias, Cannonball!" ~ Jako Gonzalez Grau
JAKO GONZALEZ GRAU
"Cannonball Musical Instruments has been supremely supportive of my development as an artist since I first connected with them in early 1999. Over these 18 years they've made quite an impression on me, not exclusively via the quality of their saxophones and their relentless innovation, but also through the warmth and generosity of their employees. It feels great being a Cannonball Artist because I know I represent not only great saxophones, but wonderful people." ~ David Halliday
"I love Cannonball saxophones. I played Selmer saxophones for years but once I played a Cannonball, I switched immediately. In my opinion, they are the best saxophones made. I play them and recommend them to all my students." ~ Dr. Tracy Heavner
Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies University of South Alabama.
DR. TRACY HEAVNER
"I have always believed that my saxophone tone is an extension of my singing voice, and up until now I haven't found an instrument that has fully captured that sound and concept. My Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series Alto Saxophone has finally given me the tone and expression I have been looking for! A big, bold tone, amazing responsiveness, and superb craftsmanship have made my playing and music soar! If you are looking for an instrument that truly highlights your soul and sound, then look no farther than Cannonball Saxophones!" ~ Jeff Hendrick
"Never before had I played a horn that feels like it knows my every emotion as I play it! Cannonball, you bring out the best in me and then some" ~ Reggie Hines
"I have been preforming exclusively on Cannonball Saxophones for several years. My realization is that these instruments are more than just saxophones. They are an expressive musical tool, which stimulates the highest level of creativity with an impeccable level of accuracy." ~ Mel Holder
Smooth jazz and gospel saxophonist known for incorporating African and Caribbean rhythms into his uplifting sound.
"One of the most beautiful experiences in music is to develop a oneness with the instrument of choice. The Cannonball Horns have accurately delivered every musical speech that I have given to my audiences around the world. Develop The Oneness--with Cannonball." ~ Gerald Albright
"My very first saxophone at 10 years was a Cannonball! I’ve always been impressed with the tone of these saxophones. The clear, warm sound I am able to produce from the Raven and White Pearl is exactly what I listen for! Not to mention they have the best team that handcrafts and tunes all of their saxophones to play the way you want it to! Cannonball, there is no substitute!" ~ Chase Huna
"To me, Cannonball is a partner who gave me various opportunities and possibilities. With Cannonball, I can play with dynamics that I thought were impossible. Cannonball brought the level of expression to the same level as a voice. I am hoping to keep making great performances with this great partner!" ~ Kenji Ise
"The design team at Cannonball has delivered an instrument worthy of the lineage of the classic American saxophone begun by CG Conn and King. The Stone Series is the first modern-design saxophone to offer the focus, compactness of sound, and projection of a classic Selmer with the body, resonance and sheer power like that of the big bore American horns. Without any compromises of control, intonation or most importantly, SOUND. The Cannonball is truly a joy to play, in every possible way. From jazz to funk to rock & roll, it's all there. As a lifelong Selmer Balanced Action and MK VI player, I was skeptical of the ability of a modern saxophone to offer anything comparable to my classic Selmers. The best endorsement I can offer is that Cannonball is now all I play, period. Play one, buy one, fall in love with one, or two or three.. I did." ~ John Isley
New York Horns: The Movin' Out Tour Band
"Nothing compares to the consistency Cannonball Saxophones produces in all of their horns. The horns have excellent intonation, a very comfortable layout, and the horns are suited to play ALL styles of music. I have to say that I can’t see myself playing on any other horn besides Cannonball Saxophones." ~ Scott Johnson
"Cannonball saxophones are the most versatile saxophones that I have played. From Rock to Classical, these saxophones can do it all." ~ Heath Jones
Associate Professor of Music, Oklahoma Christian University
"O Saxofone Cannonball, permite um requinte e equilíbrio de som, projeção, mecânica e uma moderna estética. A sensação é de completo conforto e confiança na hora de tocar. A projeção de som é futurística e a mecânica voltada para aperfeiçoar a digitação de forma que posso tocar tão naturalmente quanto penso e falo." ~ Ademir Junior
"Cannonball Saxophones enable a refinement and balance of sound, projection, mechanics, and modern aesthetics. It's a sensation of complete comfort and confidence while playing. The sound projection is futuristic, and it's mechanically refined to ergonomic perfection so that I can play as naturally as I think and speak. " ~ Ademir Junior
HEINRICH VON KALNEIN
"During the last 30 years I have played a lot of different vintage saxophones like Selmer Mark VI, Balanced Action and SBA, King Super 20 or Conn Ladyface. But my Cannonball Vintage Tenor Saxophone is the perfect combination of them all! The fantastic free blowing feel, the big, rich and colourful sound, the perfect intonation and the amazing key work makes it to the best modern saxophone of today in my opinion." ~ Jörg Kaufmann
SWR Big Band
SWR Big BandVisit Axel Kühn's official Website.
"My Cannonball saxes have a great sound, solid scale, and gorgeous aesthetics--And as a touring musician, they are by far the most durable horns I have ever used in over 25 years of performing with Hiroshima around the world. Whether it's a 4 hour flight to Chicago or a 28 plus hour flight to Capetown S.A. Cannonball saxes are ready to play from bar one." ~ Dan Kuramoto
Saxophonist with Hiroshima
"My new Cannonball tenor is a GREAT horn. The sound is focused, the response is quick, the scale is even, and the feel of the horn is solid and smooth. What more could I ask for?" ~ Glenn Kostur
Director of Jazz Studies, University of New Mexico
"The Cannonball saxophones have a full, free blowing quality and construction that lends itself to work with me in how I naturally express myself. As an artist, an instrument that let's you be 'you' is a dream come true- this is what you look for and you know it when you pick it up. After playing so many horns that just don't quite do it on every level, you also really appreciate the craftsmanship, time, effort and science and continuing product development that has gone into these instruments. The tone quality is even and in tune throughout the horn. The overtones are in the right place and this translates to good tone and facility in altissimo. Very amazing instruments, and I take them around the world with me. Thank you Tevis and everyone at Cannonball!" ~ Patrick Lamb
Grammy nominated recording artist - Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, Gino Vannelli, and his own band.
CONSTANTINO "KOSTA" LADISA
“I’ve been playing a Cannonball Alto Sax for the past ten years. When I first tried the Cannonball, I felt completely at home. It was responsive, ergonomically designed and had the sort of projection I’d not found on any of the other altos I’d owned previously. Since then I’ve played it in all kinds of performing situations and it’s never let me down. It’s great to have an instrument that seems to give you the “fifth gear” that many saxophones lack. Leaving all this aside, it’s just a lot of fun to play!" ~ Duncan Lamont Jnr.
DUNCAN LAMONT JNR.
“I prefer Cannonball because of its excellent musical qualities, durability, workmanship and tremendous value. I have never played such a free blowing and responsive saxophone before. I am especially amazed on how well I am able to truly sing in the upper registers. Also, the overall look and ergonomics of the horn are second to none.” ~ Brian Landau
"I play Cannonball Tenor saxophone Vintage Reborn, because I love the sound and it's fun to play. It gives me inspiration." ~ Magnus Lindgren
LOS QUATRO CHOLOS DEL SAXO
"My cannonball saxophones are the most versatile instruments I have ever played. As a musician who is called upon to play many different styles of music such as jazz, classical, R&B and Gospel my cannonballs produce an authentic sound in every situation." ~ Angelo Luster
"Playability and ease of tuning are the main characteristics of the Cannonball saxophone. That's why Cannonball is the only choice for me." ~ Hugo MarinheirovSee Hugo Marinheiro's official video about Cannonball Saxophones..
"I really like the precise tone that I'm able to create with the horn. The precision of the horn allows me to cut through the mix while playing Top 40, Gospel, Jazz and Rock as well!" ~ Keith Marlo
"Cannonball is a novelty that we should see more of: a saxophone company owned and operated by saxophone players. In the era of globalization, we have in Cannonball a company where all pertinent aspects of saxophone design are in the same building. Unlike the modern business environment, Cannonball will do whatever it takes (like spending 1 year to just develop a lacquer!) to give you the best possible product. They are the embodiment of the adage, "past is prologue". Much like art at its best, Cannonball is using models from the past to propel saxophone production well into the future." ~ Branford Marsalis
Perhaps the most renowned saxophonist in the world. Former Tonight Show band leader, and incredibly versatile saxophonist.
" I lke Cannonball saxophones because they have a big sound, are beautiful, and hold up on the road." ~ Jerry Martini
Founder and Saxophonist for "The Family Stone"
"Like everyone on your artist page I've gone through my share of horns, but unlike most everyone else I have never believed for a second that nothing could replace a Selmer VI or SBA. I got to try out a Mad Meg tenor and everything I liked about every horn I've ever played or owned is now in one horn. My Cannonballs impress me more and more every day. My Mad Meg bari is as close to perfect as any horn has yet come. And the highest praise I can give your horns is that Cannonballs do everything seamlessly. I never worry about my horns no matter what our performance situation is. Thank you Tevis, and everyone at Cannonball!" ~ Tommy Marth
Sax Player with "The Killers"
"I play the Cannonball "Brute" Bariton, it offers me the combination of a broad, full tone with great projection and an almost perfect mood. The instruments are finished to the smallest detail, and have excellent technique. " ~ Igor Maseroli
Freelance saxophonist, band member of Buscemi, The Muze Jazz Orchestra, The Al Paone Band Superfly and Jim Cofey.
"When I received my Cannoball Tenor I began to notice how great a saxophone could be. My old faithful of 26 years was tired but I loved it. As I realized the Cannonball played so in tune and was perfect in the set-up and response, it quickly became the #1 horn on the gigs. From the sound engineer to the fans, the comments on the sound and look has been tremendous, I love everything about it!" ~ Joe McGlohonVisit Joe McGlohon's official Website.
"I love the Cannonball saxophones. They are very versatile. They give me the grit when playing with rock and funk bands, and yet give me the warmth when doing smooth jazz or ballads. I'm a fan of 40's jazz, and the Cannonball tenor gives me that power. They give me the full range of the horn very evenly...and I dig the bottom." ~ David McMurray
Dave McMurray currently tours with Kid Rock and has toured with Bob James and Chuck Loeb. He has recorded with Gladys Knight, Bob Dylan, and Bonnie Raitt.
"It has a cross between the projection and Brilliance of a * Mark VI sound and the fullness and body of a *King Super 20." ~ Charles McPherson
Played overdubs for Clint Eastwood's Charlie Parker film "Bird".
Hailed as a master improviser by critics worldwide.
Innovative Contemporary Jazz Artist
"The horn feels great right out of the case. The action feels very much like my Mark IV, so there is no trouble getting around on it. All the keys are in the right place which is really nice. The altissimo is very nice too. It's going to be a great horn for me. It's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Congratulations to the Cannonball team for a great job." ~ Gary Meek
"I've been playing Cannonball Saxophones for 5 years now and I'm always asked about them. Three things come immediately to mind: 1. Playability, 2. Durability and 3. Intonation from Altissimo to low B flat. You can't ask for more than that! If there is, Tevis and Sheryl would figure it out." ~ Skip Mesquite
Founding member and lead tenor, Tower of Power.
Played with Cold Blood, and Deniece Williams.
Famous Bassist, Saxophone, and Bass Clarinet Player.
“Cannonball is the saxophone that makes my dreams come true. It has my ideal sound and power. And it is versatile. I want people of the whole world to play Cannonball.” ~ Yucco Miller
"After playing Baritone sax for about 50 years and trying every sax out there. I have come to the conclusion that the Cannonball Raven Baritone is the best new sax out there. After playing it a few minutes it was like I never left home. I felt like I was playing my Mark VI. The action, scale, balance, projection and intonation is superb. From one sax player to another, Tevis you have created a killer horn" ~ Pete Miranda
Bari Player for Latin Giants of Jazz (formely the Tito Puente Orchestra)
"The "Arc" Soprano is better than my Mark VI*for the "Tonight Show" situation. It cuts through the band a little easier. It is a clear, clean sound." ~ Ralph Moore
Sax player with the "Tonight Show Band".
"Powerful sound combined with modern technique. Strenghtness and lightness, all in one saxophone. Raw finish conffers an unique vintage sound. Cannonball: the legendary reborn of the good old steel!" ~ João MortáguaSee João Mortágua's official video about Cannonball Saxophones.
"Thanks very much, Cannonball! I was looking for a saxophone with an old, huge sound. I have played a lot of Mark VI horns but when I played the Big Bell Tenor, I was overwhelmed. This horn is the best I ever played, it has an incredible warm sound and the intonation is amazing! Since I’ve been playing the Big Bell Tenor, people keep asking me about the instrument and its great sound. I play the sax in many different contexts and it is the perfect horn for every kind of music." ~ Johnannes Müller
"I love my Cannonball soprano so much. It is a graceful and elegant horn with beautiful response, an unparalleled design, and wonderful artwork. I can unequivically recommend this horn to both students and professional." ~ Bill Murphy
"I knew from the first few notes that this horn was for me. I need a horn with a full bodied sound, but that can play sweet and light as a flute. The Big Bell curved soprano did that for me." ~ Michael Stephenson
"Up until Cannonball I wouldn't even consider playing a horn that was made after the 60's." ~ Christopher Hemingway
"I was looking to see what was out there in the saxophone world. I tried everything on the market, new and old. I came across a Cannonball. I have to say, I never thought I would find a better horn for what I do that what I already had. I was wrong. This horn plays like it's alive!! Bravo Cannonball, after 20 years New Century has found a home." ~ Stephen Pollock
One of the hottest saxophone ensembles in the market today.
NEW CENTURY SAX QUARTET
My B5-L Bariton is "Easy intonation, a great application, powerful and crisp sound. In short, a fantastic/amazing instrument" ~ Guido Nijs
Guido Nijs is an independent bariton-tenor-alto-soprano saxophonplayer He is bandmember of Caro Emerald, JazzInvaders and BEEF
"One of the"For years I went back and forth between my Mark VI tenor and a Yamaha Custom. I liked the sound and control I had with the Mark VI but the even response of the Yamaha in all the registers kept me going back and forth between the two. I've finally found the horn that does both. I'm getting the sound I like, can play as hard as I want and never feel like I'm blowing the horn out of control and the response from the very bottom up into the altissimo is impeccable. Thank you Cannonball!" ~ Vince Norman
Joe McCarthy Big Band Former US Army "Jazz Ambassadors" Member
"Fifteen years ago I switched from a Yamaha 875 to a Cannonball Soprano Royal Crown and have always loved the greater flexibility of tone it gives me. Whether I'm playing Jazz or a Hymn it allows me to create the sound I want. Recently I began playing Cannonball Saxophones exclusively and absolutely love my Stone Series Alto and Tenor for the response and intonation I get throughout their full range. The resonant sound I get has already been noticed by listeners during performances. Cannonball Saxophones make playing even more rewarding. Try one for yourself, you'll love it!" ~ Brandon Oberhamer
"Cannonball is fat and powerful! Easy to control! And versatile!" ~ Eiji Otogawa
"I was looking for a horn that could give me the best possible sound and control within a number of diverse musical settings; the Cannonball Vintage Reborn pro tenor has delivered exceptional results, bridging the gap brilliantly between the warm vintage sound of an old horn while maintaining the functionality and reliability of a new horn. The constancy of intonation throughout the full range is impressive, enabling me to work within horn sections and session environments with ease. It's held up extremely well having been toured with around the world extensively. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the instrument is knowing that I can get a real range of dynamics and textures right down to fantastic control over low subtone phrases, and when needed, I can push it into a real powerhouse of a tenor sound!" ~ Tim Ower
"I'm skeptical when comparing any horn to my Mark VI, which is a very good axe. The new Cannonball Big Bell Global Series Alto floored me! It had a huge sound, a more even timbre, and the altissimo and overtones were very easy to sound. Everything my mouthpiece does well on my Selmer, it did even better on the Cannonball." ~ Larry Panella
irector of Jazz Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
Played in the One O'Clock Band at North Texas, and the Phil Collins Big Band.
"My Cannonball Vintage Reborn Tenor plays in tune with a full and powerful tone, and is incredibly easy to play evenly in all registers. While it is a really solid horn, it also has a unique, flavorful sound. I feel confident taking my Cannonball on any gig. I love to play the blues on this horn!" ~ Tony Peebles
Former tenor with Tower of Power. Soloist with Smokey Robinson, and the Bob Florence Big Band
"No more able to play any other....." ~ Andrea Poltronieri
“The highest praise I can give any saxophone company, is that it allowed me to retire my beloved vintage saxophones from active service without sacrificing quality of tone, playability, intimacy between player and instrument, and inspiration. My Cannonball saxophones have exceeded all of my expectations, and have inspired me to grow in different ways as a player. Thank you Cannonball for your commitment to excellence, as well as your continued innovation.” ~ Brian "Snowman" Powers
BRIAN "SNOWMAN" POWERS
"I have always thought of my instrument as an extension of my heart and soul, and as a means for my expression to come to life. In the 10-plus years of playing the saxophone professionally, only the craftsmanship, innovative, and extremely-detailed fabrication of the Cannonball horns has allowed me to achieve everything I've ever wanted in my playing and in my sound. It's true that an instrument's aural qualities are monumental features one should look for, but when you can find a horn that looks, sounds, and feels as amazing as a Cannonball, you know you've found a whole new kind of instrument, you've found a Cannonball saxophone." ~ Manuel Ramirez-Ruiz
"I need a Horn that allows me to express myself..That horn is a cannonball Horn." ~ Riley Richard
Finnish musician, composer and record producer, who is known for his experimental and innovative style with the clarinet and saxophone
Saxophonist, Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, and Composer Saxophonist with Beyoncé Knowles' All Female Band
"What an amazing HORN! I fell in love from the first second i played it! It's easy to play in all the register with that fat sound and projection that all the saxophonist we are looking for. Thanks Cannonball for this amazing and beautiful instrument." ~ Cristian Romero
"Cannonball Saxophones are by far the best classical saxophones I have ever played.They offer better intonation, response, and tone than my previous "Big 4" horns. The Brute alto has greatly facilitated the difficult altissimo passages of the Finney Concerto as well as the tricky large intervals of the Bonneau Caprice and the Rueff Sonate. Your innovations in design are engenious. Thanks Cannonball!" ~ Rob Rose
"For anyone who hasn't tried a Cannonball saxophone in the last couple years, you should educate yourself! I only became aware last year when I was at the NAMM, compared them next to the newest top of the line Selmer Saxophones and Yamahas and I was blown away by, not only the warmth and fatness of tone but how expansive the sound was. I could push and get more sound, while on the Selmer and Yamaha it hit a threshold much sooner. I love my SVR-L Cannonball Soprano. The pitch and ease of playing is the best I've played. It's got a great center to the sound and the more I play it the more I develop a personality on it. I'm aiming to get the Vintage Reborn Cannonball Alto Sax next. As a saxophone player who has played nothing but vintage Selmers all my life, I have to say I'm blown away by the new series of Cannonball saxophones." ~ Rick Rossi
"I have been a creature of habit for as long as I can remember in playing my old horns. But when Cannonball came around, I thought I would give them a try. The Cannonball Tenor gives me a big sound. I am able to create the sound that is in my head and have the Cannonball be that horn that lets me produce my passion. The Cannonball's also hold up to the riggers of touring. Thank you Cannonball." ~ Marc Russo
Former member of YellowJackets, and Tower of Power. Currently with The Doobie Brothers, and Chicago.
"For years I looked for ways to find my sound, I used hundreds of mouthpieces and ligatures, I bought several brands and models saxophones, selmer MK VI,selmer MK VII,selmer SA80, Yamaha 62, Yamaha Custom EXS, Yanagisawa's among many others, I spent a lot of money and I still felt something was missing. Cannonball Raven joined everything I was looking for in a saxophone: - Sound incredible, Versatility for different necks, perfect mechanism, great finish and beauty! I can Express everything I think and fell through this saxophone! " ~ Nenê Santos
In my search for a new Soprano Saxophone I reached out to rekindle my relationship with Cannonball Saxophones that goes back to the late 90’s while I was on tour with Tower of Power. After seeing and hearing so many of my colleagues playing these horns my interest was most certainly piqued. Not only did the “Big Bell Stone Series” Soprano blow me away in the sound, pitch and ergonomics the horn is a solid, well constructed Saxophone with so much attention to detail. I had to have it and a “Big Bell Stone Series” Alto as well. I look forward to many years of playing these beauties and continuing my relationship with the Cannonball Musical Instruments team…Thanks Cannonball!!! ~ John Scarpulla
"The first time I played The Big Bell Stone Series Alto I became very impressed by the enormous sound cooming out of this marvelous horn.Since then I have integrated to my arsenal, becoming my principal instrument in presentations around the World. Its ergonomic fingering design makes it easy to flow in all the scale, maintaining a remarkable consistency of sound and intonation trough all the instrument.This horn has a great combination of beauty,warmness that truly represents the great caliber of its craftmanship. Big Bell, Big Sound, Awsome Beauty!" ~ Edwin Sepulveda
"I really like this horn. It plays great, has a big sound and blends well with a small group and the big band." ~ David Schiff
Smooth and urban jazz saxophonist
ART SHERROD JR.
"Cannonball saxes are of the highest calibre!! No other manufacturer comes to mind in terms of the level of finish work on each and every instrument. The result of the hand work gives them superior pitch and one of the most stable overtone series I have ever experienced! With two necks of different finishes, the player is afforded different tonal spectrums and resistance. Haven't played a Cannonball yet that wasn't outstanding. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!" ~ Sam Skelton
Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone, Kennesaw State University
"The reason I like playing my Cannonball Brute Baritone Saxophone is because it is flawless. The intonation, the tone, smooth key action and durability of the horn allow my voice to ring true through the instrument. I wouldn't play any other horn!!" ~ Sly5thAve
Bari player with The Eagles.
Played with Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.
"I have been playing the Cannonball soprano and baritone saxophones for several years and I love 'em; but I have not been quick to change over on the alto and tenor. The new Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series definitely put me over the edge, and I'm very excited to say that I am now playing the whole set of Cannonballs. If you have not tried the Stone Series Cannonball, you have got to give it a chance. Don't do anything rash until you do, because it is going to blow you away. There are a number of good horns out there, but the Stone Series is really something special. I've never played a horn that was so resonant. It has a robust, rich sound that vibrates like crazy. The response is good from bottom to top, but the altissimo is especially impressive. As one who finds himself in the recording environment frequently, I particularly appreciate the excellent intonation of this instrument. Less important to me, but cool: the instruments are really attractive and come in a variety of finishes. Every horn comes with two necks. Try different finishes and different necks. The versatility of the horns is valuable to me as someone who needs a horn that does jazz and classical equally well. I have been impressed with the innovative developments at Cannonball as I have watched them hone the instruments over a number of years, and their tireless efforts to make the best saxophone ever made are yielding amazing results. Bravo, Cannonball!!" ~ Dr. Ray Smith
Professor of Saxophone Brigham Young University
DR. RAY SMITH
"No quirks, yet plenty of character. Intonated to perfection, yet plenty of soul. Sexy and stylized, but always has classic charm. As a multi-instrumentalist, I want horns that I can pick up cold and give me an immediate positive response. The Cannonball line of winds do just that and more. They allow my musical personality to shine through due to their transparent playability and superior quality. They have become an extension of my body: the true definition of a superior instrument." ~ Dino Soldo
"Cannonball build 21st century saxophones for 21st century players. The T5-L tenor has all the mobility of a Selmer combined with the big punchy sound of legendary vintage horns such as the King Super-20, yet with its own unique character. It's one serious saxophone" ~ Simon Spillett
Award Winning British Jazz Saxophonist
British Composer/ Producer/ Recording Artist
"Unleash your sound with these horns! Cannonball has brought back the fun in practicing and performing. Whether it's the alto (Vintage Reborn) or the tenor (The Brute) it just Feels So Good." ~ Dayve Stewart
Songwriter and recording artist.
"I have played on every make and model of tenor saxophone imaginable. The Raven is by far the best tenor I have ever played. It is consistant, in tune, and the sound is beautiful! The look and feel of the horn is like nothing I have ever seen or played. If you are serious about your playing, you owe it to yourself to try a Cannonball!" ~ Erin Stroup
"My Cannonball is by far the best instrument for creating a variety of tones and dynamics suitable for different musical situations. It’s so rare to find an instrument that performs with such reliability yet manages to be so exciting to play. Their brilliance as an instrument is enhanced further by how striking these instruments look, something which is frequently commented on by other players and audience members alike.” ~ Justin Swadling
"From the time I began to play my very first Cannonball Big Bell tenor, an insatiable love affair began! I have never had an instrument that allowed me so much freedom of expression. The tone has such body and presence to it. The instruments allow me to speak through them and thats all any instrumentalist wants. The construction is spot on as well. As a traveling musician, I havent had one issue with any of my Cannonball saxes.It is an honor and priviledge to be part of such a profound and solid family. Thanks again Cannonball for giving me my voice." ~ J. Sylvester
"The people at Cannonball Music are passionate about making the best horns they possibly can and are willing to try a broad band of materials and nuances. They could be the company that will put an American brand back on the forefront of saxophone manufacturing! Very nice horns. The response and intonation is great. The sound is huge! Lots of power in the horn!" ~ Evan Tate
"I'm a believer. Cannonball horns rock! The tone, feel and responsiveness are truly amazing. They're so fun to play I don't want to stop. Don't wait as long as I did to try one." ~ Paul Taylor
Recording artist and current Rippingtons Saxophonist
Tenor Sax Player with Five Iron FrenzyVisit Five Iron Frenzy's official Website.
LEANOR ORTEGA TILL
"Cannonball saxes are the best hands down! Theses saxes feel and play great all up and down the horn effortlessly. All the finishes are amazing. Plus the people at Cannonball are awesome! These are my horns for life. Thanks Cannonball!" ~ Landon Torbett
"Je jouais un Mark 6 pendant longtemps. Dès les premières notes avec le Saxophone Ténor "The Raven", j'ai enfin trouvé la réponse à mes exigences musicales ! Les Cannonball stones séries ont la justesse, la qualité et la projection sonore qui répondent au jeu actuel des saxophonistes !" ~ Sebastien Trognon
Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist
"I became one with your horn the first few notes I played." ~ Stanley Turrentine
"First of all, I like the sound of Cannonball. Cannonball has many finishes so you can find your favorite. Then you can enjoy the deep sound and good response. You can pursuit your own sound with Cannonball." ~ Yuichi Uesugi
"A Cannonball is such a professional horn you can trust and lean on in every situation. My Hotspur-tenor is a really eye-catcher which let me play from soft and slow up to the full register. I'm proud to to play Cannonball alto & tenor." ~ Sjoerd van Eerdenburg
SJOERD VAN EERDENBURG
"When I first tried my Brute alto I only knew how it looked, but since the first note I played I completely fell in love with the horn. Fat sound in every register, great projection and intonation! Thank you Cannonball for giving me the chance to play such a great saxophone!" ~ Gianni VanciniVisit Gianni Vancini's official Website.
" The first time I saw a Connonball horn I was very impressed by the elegance and beaty of the craftsmanship. As soon as I had a cannonball in my hands I felt the quality. When I finally played it, I heard the power. Its so easy for your feelings to come through these horns, you feel in control at all times. Cannonball horns will take your playing to another level. " ~ Uriel Vega
"I've been spreading the word or shall I say notes about Cannonball Music. Besides the unique appearances of the horns people joyfully comment on the beautiful tone they hear. Keep up the great horn innovations." ~ Edgar Wallace Jr
EDGAR WALLACE JR.
"The Cannonball Stone Series saxophones play with a silky smooth sensation, The low register responds effortlessly with a gorgeous, gauzy sound and the altissimo register pops out with equal ease. I was very impressed when I slapped my mouthpiece on the tenor and instantly began connecting with it. The jasper stones on the instrument add a touch of class that is unparalleled in the saxophone market today. It's a beautiful instrument in both arenas, audio AND visual." ~ Ross Walters
Tours with Benny Hinn
Recorded with Boyz II Men and Donna Summer
I love my Cannonball cause it's Big, Black, and Beautiful. That's how it looks -- That's how it Sounds! ~ Edgar Winter
Legendary Pop Icon
"Having played vintage horns for years, but always seeking a bit more from the instrument, I tried a Cannonball Stone series tenor and was pleasantly surprised to find so much of what I’d been seeking. A huge colorful sound with a strong core and evenness in all registers. I was impressed enough to sell my beloved full pearls King Super 20! I recently acquired a Vintage Reborn tenor and man, they’ve really taken into account player’s feedback because this horn is an absolute beast. The intonation is impeccable (literally the best I’ve found in a tenor), the core sound has a vintage Selmer focus, and the keywork flies. I get so many comments from players that assume I’m playing a $10K vintage horn." ~ Brian Wolfe
"Like most sax players, I felt like I knew what the ‘top of the line’ horn should be. After picking up a Cannonball, the entire game has changed for me. These horns can outperform any of the horns I’ve ever played. Period. Cannonball is the only horn I trust to keep up with my schedule and be ready to play night after night." ~ Nathan Woodward
"After almost 15 years of playing with my beloved Selmer, I felt I had to change into something that would cover the needs and demands of a modern jazz/contemporary player. The only (and best) description I could give about how I felt when I tried my Stone Series Cannonball, is that it made my old horn sound as if I was playing in mono mode. The depth of the sound and the ability of maintaining the tone quality regardless of the amount of blowing, are characteristics I was looking for a long time in a horn and thanks to Cannonball, I found them!" ~ Vasilis Xenopoulos
"My set of Cannonball big bell series Soprano,Alto and Tenor silver saxes are quite simply the best horns I've ever played! These horns are even and powerful and especially rich in the lower register and I'm grateful for how incredibly blessed I am to own these wonderful instruments" ~ Andrew Young
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist from the United Kingdom.
"Initially looking for a back-up horn, I happened upon the Cannonball 'Raven' Big Bell tenor saxophone and found that it outperformed my main axe with a superior 'fat' low end, superior balance and intonation throughout, smooth key mechanism and feel, great harmonic overtones allowing ease in the altismo range, and a great overall sound. After getting over the shock and counterintuitive notion that the Cannonballs should not be more affordable than the other available professional horns, I am happily 'sold' on the Cannonball horns. My Cannonball is now my main axe. I recently have been playing the 'Raven' Big Bell curved soprano saxophone which has the elusive soprano sound I have desired and had been unable to find. I have not had this much fun playing since I was a kid (a few years ago)." ~ Robert Zuckerman
Saxophonist with San Francisco/Bay Area legend Lydia Pence and Cold Blood