cannonball sax

by Szedrick
(McAllen Texas USA)

What can you say about cannonball sax? Is it better than selmer,yamaha or keilherth?Regarding price and quality.I'm interested in soprano sax.

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Oct 19, 2009
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Not really
by: Devin

In my experience, cannonballs have not been able to measure up to selmer, yamaha, or keilwerth in quality of horn. However, they are still not a bad horn and one thing they have over the other brands is growth and improvement. The people at cannonball are always trying to make a better horn and they will take player's suggestions and aren't afraid to tweak aspects and dimmensions to see if the result is something better. The other brands, especially selmer, definitely do not do this, as they have the approach of, "it sells, so why would we want to change anything?"

Nov 20, 2009
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Why buy a Cannonball ?
by: Sean

Ok, I'm a Selmer player and have owned a few other brands as well, including a Cannonball tenor. I know not everyone can afford a Selmer, but if you are going to pay $2600.00 on a Cannonball, you should just add a few more bucks and buy yourself a Yamaha. Cannonballs are great eye candy and are one of the better horns coming out of China. (Jupiter has got to be the best as far as price & quality).As a Selmer player I do recommend to my students to buy Yamaha or Jupiter if they don't have the funds for a Yamaha.The biggest problem I found with the Cannonball was that the upper register was weak, and the altissimo was out of tune. I know you Cannonball fans will disagree with me, but if you were to do blind test you will see and hear what I am saying.

Jun 11, 2010
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Cannonball sax
by: Anonymous

Those are great saxes...for jazz. It's a great horn and everything but since it has larger neck bores it causes tuning problems that you can't get away with in a concert setting. I say go for the Selmer or Yamaha if you're more into playing classical. Keilwerth-I don't know anything about these saxes.

Oct 31, 2010
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Cannonball is a great sax
by: Anonymous

For the guy who commented that it won't hold up in a concert setting - humph! You just need it tuned and adjusted, and then use the right mouthpiece. I get more upper register than any Selmer's - and I get eye candy to boot.

Jan 17, 2013
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Great performance saxo
by: Mark_pr

Since I own my Big Bell "The Brute" alto sax the sound performance and execution are awesome. The sound, specially with the fat neck, is stronger, focuse and round. It's fell free blowing, better than my Buescher Aristocrat. Maybe Yamaha sound very well but it has a bright sound. If you want versatility in sound I suggest you try The Brute.

Jan 31, 2014
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Alto Cannonball vs. Alto Yamaha
by: Anonymous

I played on a Yamaha alto for four years. My horn was in pretty good condition, and it was a great horn for learning. But even with upkeep (which got extremely expensive for the Yamaha's worth) my sound quality was decreasing. I went into the music store, wanting to buy a Jupiter, but fell in love with a Cannonball. The sound quality is great, the look is great. It was worth the money. I've had it now for almost six years, and they are built to last. Low maintenance, minimal wear (I do take extra care of my horns, though) and the sound quality is just as great as ever. In my opinion, from ACTUALLY OWNING and playing both a Yamaha and a Cannonball, Cannonball dominates.

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