The sax pictured is the actual sax you will receive!
The Big Bell, created by Cannonball in 2001, enhances the ability to create a broad range of dynamics for a depth of the sound color and lower partials. The increased size also lends to a big, warm sound.
Semi-precious stones adorn the key touches, neck, and bell key guard of the Premium Big Bell Stone Series. These beautiful stones give the instrument a striking look, and are also patented for the way they change the instrument’s resonance.
Each Premium Pro Big Bell Stone Series saxophone (T5) comes standard with two hand-customized necks. The second neck on alto and tenor models is the FAT Neck which has the octave tube on the underside of the neck. This creates a more free-blowing feel and emphasizes the mids and lows, resulting in a FAT feel and FAT sound.
This sax has been professionally serviced - it had some minor adjustments done, key corks replaced where needed, and was also sanitized. It comes with the hardshell case pictured.
- Big Bell: The Big Bell projects a bold, warm sound, yet allows you to play with the most subtle nuances, creating a contemporary version of the big-sounding American horns from the early to mid 1900's
- One-Piece Hand-Hammered Bell: Each Cannonball saxophone bell is formed from a single sheet of brass and hand hammered before being meticulously hand-smoothed and evened
- Two Hand-Customized Necks
- High F#: The High F# key extends the saxophone’s range and makes high passages easier to play
- Ribbed Construction: 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
- Annealed Bell, Bow and Neck: The bell, bow, and neck goes 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. The Cannonball hand-hammering process, which follows annealing, hardens the brass and gives these instruments superior ring and resonance
- Convex Nickel-Plated Brass Resonators: Pads have riveted nickel-plated brass resonators that are specifically chosen for optimum performance and sound
- Blue 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
- Power Forged Keys: Forged brass has much greater strength and uniformity than molded brass, so keys resist bending and hold their adjustment exceptionally well over time
- 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 use synthetic cork, which (unlike natural cork) resists compression over time, so the fine adjustments on your saxophone will last.
- Adjustable Metal Thumb Hook: Sturdy brass thumb hook is adjustable so you can set it to the angle that best fits your own hands
Pivoting C#-B♭ Table Mechanism: The “tilting spatula” rocking mechanism allows fast and fluid transitions between the low C-sharp and low B-flat keys
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 they have added an additional lateral brace to keep it in place, especially when the horn is hit or dropped
- Relief Springs on G# and Low C# Keys: Relief springs help lift open the G-sharp and low 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, 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: an added extra arm to reinforce the large bell keys and keep them in adjustment over time
- Double Bell to Body Brace: In addition to the front-to-back stabilization of the traditional “logo” brace, a side-to-side brace was added to keep the bell section in place if the horn is hit or dropped
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