Cannonball Musical Instruments: A Brief Overview

Cannonball is a woodwind and brass instrument manufacturer based in Sandy, Utah just outside of Salt Lake City. It was founded in 1996 by Tevis and Sheryl Laukat.

Prior to starting Cannonball, the Laukats were accomplished musicians and educators. They got their start designing instruments when tweaking and modifying a saxophone in their kitchen. That gave them the idea to start their own company, which became Cannonball Musical Instruments.

Today, they are one of the most prominent instrument manufacturers in the music industry. They’re best known for their Big Bell Stone Series saxophones, but also produce a wide line of other student, intermediate, and professional instruments:

  • Saxophones, including alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone saxes.
  • Clarinets and flutes, all of which are produced under the MIO brand.
  • Trumpets, including Bb and C trumpets.
  • Trombones, including small-bore tenors, large-bore tenors, and bass trombones.

Most Cannonball instruments are manufactured in Taiwan, then go through an extensive acoustic customization process when they reach their Salt Lake City headquarters.

They own over 30 trademarks and patents. Many of them involve how their semi-precious stones affect their instruments’ resonance and tone production.

Cannonball Musical Instruments factory entrance in Taiwan
Cannonball Factory in Tawain

Where to Buy Cannonball Instruments

Unlike almost every other brand, you can’t find Cannonball instruments anywhere online. They sell exclusively in-store through their dealer network. If you don’t know where your local dealer is, reach out to Cannonball directly and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Learn More About Cannonball Instruments

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