Cannonball Musical Instruments
|Type||Musical Instrument Manufacturer|
|Founder(s)||Tevis and Sheryl Laukat|
|Products||Woodwind instruments, Brass instruments|
Cannonball Musical Instruments is a manufacturer of saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, flutes, and musical instrument accessories. The company was founded in 1996 by musicians Tevis and Sheryl Laukat, and is based in Sandy, Utah. Cannonball specializes in professional, handmade, and uniquely "acoustically hand customized" instruments.
- 1 Saxophones
- 2 Trumpets
- 3 Clarinets
- 4 Flutes
- 5 Patents
- 6 Artists
- 7 The Cannonball Band
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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).
Historical List of Saxophone Models
- Royal Crown Series
- Wizard 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.
- Gerald Albright signature soprano, alto, and tenor models are the only Big Bell Stone Series models with hand-engraving. They feature a modern engraving motif that includes a pair of golf clubs as a nod to one of Albright's hobbies.
- Vintage Reborn Pete Christlieb signature alto and tenor models are engraved with a traditional flower design and have no limited numbers.
- Vintage Reborn soprano models are also engraved with a traditional flower design.
- Big Bell Stone Series models (excluding Raven and Hotspur) produced since early 2013 are hand-engraved instead of laser-engraved.
A limited hand-engraving series for alto and tenor Vintage Reborn Series saxophones is made concurrently with the unlimited Pete Christlieb engravings. Chronologically, the limited engraving series to date are:
- Lady Godiva
- Sea Dog
Serial Numbers and Manufacturing Dates of Saxophone Models
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.
42 Artist Series
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.
Big Bell Stone Series
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.
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 
- Branford Marsalis 
- The New Century Saxophone Quartet 
- Raul Agraz 
- Winston Byrd 
The Cannonball Band
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.
- Enright, Ed (August 2007). "Cannonball's Ascent". Music Inc. Magazine: 26.
- Warchol, Glen (16 November 2003). "Quality is instrumental to Utah business' success". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. E6.
- Sollitto, Zach (May 2014). "What to Look For in Today's Professional Model Saxophones". Downbeat: 80.
- Cannonball saxophone models webpage
- Jazzwise Magazine, retrieved 25 September 2009
- Cannonball saxophone finishes webpage
- Phillips, Zach (May 2010). "Brute Force". Music Inc. Magazine: 99.
- Cannonball Saxophone Tour - Engraving webpage
- Cannonball Hand Engraving webpage
- Pete Christlieb Bio webpage
- "Sax maker Cannonball adds Stone Series Pro trumpets". Music Trades Magazine. June 2005.
- "Editor's Choice Awards". Music Inc.: 83. March 2014.
- "Best of the NAMM Show 2014". Downbeat: 72. April 2014.
- "Bavarian Lion's Dark Roar". Downbeat: 84. April 2013.
- "Let's Hear it for the Band!". The Music Trades: 76. September 2013.
- Cannonball trumpets webpage
- "Cannonball Attacks a Bigger Battlefield". Music Trades Magazine. May 2008.
- Cannonball clarinets webpage
- Cannonball clarinet barrels & bells webpage
- "Flute Expansion". Downbeat: 70. April 2013.
- Cannonball blog: flute introduction
- "Introducing Mio". Music Inc.: 55. June 2013.
- Mio flutes webpage
- "Retail Holiday Gift Guide". The Music Trades: 77. September 2013.
- "Gear: Pro Flute". Music Inc. Magazine: 76. August 2007.
- "Patents". Salt Lake Tribune. 21 July 2009.
- Patents.com, retrieved 25 September 2009
- Cannonball artists webpage
- Gerald Albright FAQ webpage
- YouTube video of Branford playing Cannonball Alto
- NSCQ links webpage
- Raul Agraz equipment webpage
- Winston Byrd artist page
- blog introducing Cannonball Run song
- Cannonball YouTube playlist of Cannonball Band songs
- "Cannonball Musical Instruments and Gerald Albright Bring a Taste of NAMM to Spaghettini". Smooth Jazz News: 24. February 2013.