Cannonball Musical Instruments first began as a saxophone manufacturer. Cannonball saxophones in current production are student Alcazar, intermediate Sceptyr, and professional Big Bell Stone Series, Vintage Series, and Key Artist Series models, are made in a variety of finishes including The Brute (aged brass), Raven (iced black), Mad Meg (bare brass), and Hotspur (iced black and iced silver).Royal Crown Series
'96 Excalibur Series
1998 Knight Series
98 Knight Series
99 Knight Series
Big Bell Global Series
'03 Excalibur Series
Big Bell Stone Series
Vintage Reborn Series
Gerald Albright Signature Series
Key Artist Series
Most professional Cannonball saxophone models are hand engraved at the Utah facility, and are categorized as Unlimited or Limited.
UnlimitedGerald Albright signature soprano, alto, and tenor models feature hand engraving on the bell, bow, body, and key guards, including a pair of golf clubs as a nod to one of Albright's hobbies.
Vintage Reborn soprano, alto and tenor models are engraved with a traditional-style flower design.
Big Bell Stone Series models produced since early 2013 (excluding Raven and Hotspur) are hand-engraved instead of laser-engraved.
Key Artist altos and tenors
A limited hand-engraving series for alto and tenor Vintage Reborn Series saxophones is made concurrently with the unlimited engravings. Chronologically, the limited engraving series to date are:Lady Godiva
The first Pete Christlieb signature Vintage Series models were a limited edition sporting an engraving motif of a drag racer emitting smoke and flames to portray one of Christlieb's interests. Following the limited series, these Signature models were engraved with an unlimited flower design, and were eventually replaced by the unlimited Vintage Reborn series.
A detailed list of serial numbers and approximate manufactured dates of Cannonball saxophones is available at the Serial Number Chronology page.
After about a decade of manufacturing saxophones, Cannonball introduced a trumpet line. Cannonball trumpets currently in production include professional Artist Series, Big Bell Stone Series, and Lynx; semi-professional Sceptyr; and student Alcazar.
Made in the USA and introduced in 2014, Cannonball's Artist Series trumpets include 42 (Bb), 42C (C), and 779 (flugelhorn) in various finishes. These received multiple industry awards soon after their release.
There are two professional models of Big Bell Stone Series trumpets. The Big Bell 725 series has a 4.921" (125mm) bell, and the Bavarian Lion reverse leadpipe 789RL series has a 5.315" (135mm) bell. Both have a medium-large 0.459" (11.66mm) bore and are hand-built in Germany.
The Lynx 688LX-S series, also made in Germany, is a pro model designed for lead trumpet players with a unique leadpipe, 4.803" (122mm) bell, and medium-large 0.459" (11.66mm) bore.
A silver-plated semi-professional model, the Sceptyr, was added in 2014. The student model Alcazar trumpet was introduced in 2013, with availability limited to lacquer finish.
Cannonball Arezzo clarinets were added in 2008, and include student Zeloso, semi-pro Fiore, professional Veloce, and premium professional Piacere models. Cannonball also produces various designs of clarinet barrels and bells in cocobolo and grenadilla.
Cannonball introduced its full line of Mio flutes in 2013, including professional, intermediate, and student C flutes; professional and student piccolos; alto flutes; and bass flutes. Intermediate and solid-silver professional Mio flutes are supplied with both a standard silver-plated crown and a "Royal Crown" made of titanium with an inlaid dome-shaped stone.
Cannonball owns many design patents and utility patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, protecting its innovations such as the Fat Neck and the use of semi-precious stones.
Cannonball instruments are endorsed by over 150 musicians such as:Gerald Albright
The New Century Saxophone Quartet
To show their company is run by musicians, Cannonball ownership and staff compose, record, and produce music videos of live and studio recordings. Most songs are composed by CEO Sheryl Laukat, with others by Gordon Goodwin and Vince Norman. Performances feature President Tevis Laukat and staff Ryan Lillywhite, Randal Clark, and Daron Bradford on saxophones, and Ryan Laukat and Howard Summers on trumpet.
In January 2013, the Band performed with other Cannonball artists at the Cannonball Artist NAMM Jam hosted by Gerald Albright in conjunction with the NAMM Show.