Il Cannone for Cello

New from Larsen Strings

A Step Change in Cello String Design


 The new Larsen Strings Il Cannone cello range has been hailed as a step change in cello string development. Available in two variants, Direct & Focused and Warm & Broad, all eight strings are mutually compatible and fully interchangeable. By design. Il Cannone for cello gives you a toolbox of options to choose from to optimise your individual sound.

Matthias Bartolomey

Matthias Performs with Il Cannone for Cello

“It doesn’t matter if I am playing classical or progressive rock on my cello. The possibilities of colour, shapes and power in Larsen strings are sheer endless!

And when I think it can’t get any better – they always take it one step further!”

Matthias Bartolomey. 

Introductory Offer


Additional A & C String Options

Built upon the powerful foundations of a rich and expressive core sound, Il Cannone for cello offers you a rich palette of set up combinations. With our launch set we are delighted to include two additional strings, upper and lower, to experiment with the options. The launch set is supplied as ADGC Direct & Focused with additional and complimentary A and C, Warm & Broad, alternatives.



Il Cannone for Cello

Your Personal String Workshop

Nicolas Altstaedt. Image © Marco Borggreve

Nicolas Altstaedt

Nicolas performs with Il Cannone for Cello

Warm & Broad Direct & Focused

Free to Choose

As a key element of the development process we work with musicians, one on one, testing string prototypes. The responses and insights gained directly influence the formulation of new designs with the final phase being live performance playing the final design over many months. World renowned cellists such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicolas Altstaedt, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Christian-Pierre La Marca and Jian Wang are currently performing with Il Cannone for cello. During their own personal workshops they found their ideal strings amongst the same selection  that is now available to you.

A ready-made toolbox of string options avoiding the expense and frustration of unreliable trial and error. You can modify and control the tone of your instrument in a way that is easy to predict.


Direct & Focused or Warm & Broad?

The core sound can be blended with any Il Cannone string combination(s) because all of the options are of a similar moderate tension and engineered to complement one another. For example, combine the Warm & Broad C with the Direct & Focused G and you will notice that C becomes more focused and the G becomes warmer.

Christian-Pierre La Marca

Christian Performs with Il Cannone for Cello

“Il Cannone is THE new voice of cello! Sublime, powerful… It is really impressive, spectacular!”

Christian-Pierre La Marca .

Personal Workshop


 Suggested Test Process

  • With your existing strings fitted, remove the C.
  • Add the Direct & Focused Il Cannone C and listen.
  • How has the sound changed?
  • Substitute the C with the Warm & Broad option.
  • Again, how has the sound changed?
  • Which C option is your favourite? Keep this.
  • Working up from the lower strings, fit the G & D.
  • Finally, experiment with the two A options and combine with the alternative C until you achieve your optimal sound. Enjoy! And remember that there are Warm & Broad options for the D and G available. 

Please view/download the information sheet for tensions, silks and further information.

Narek Hakhnazaryan

Narek Hakhnazaryan performs with Il Cannone for cello.

Jian Wang. Original images © Xu Bin.

Jian Wang performs with Il Cannone for cello.

Larsen Workshop
Larsen Workshop Thomas Zwieg



What are the key differences between the new Il Cannone and existing Larsen cello strings such as Magnacore?

All eight of the Il Cannone strings are designed to be mutually compatible. To accompany and to support one another to produce the optimal sound colour from the instrument. We encourage experimentation and the following information will help to explain the main differences compared to our existing product range.

Il Cannone C

The main difference between Il Cannone C in comparison to Magnacore C is a distinct, defined and long lasting core sound which provides a more focused sound. This applies to both Il Cannone C variants.

Magnacore C strong provides the most focused C in the Magnacore family offering a somewhat broader, less centered core basis than the Il Cannone. That being said, major artists such as Gautier Capuçon and Daniel Müller-Schott still prefer their beloved Magnacore strong. Il Cannone is a new and versatile add-on to our portfolio rather than a superior replacement. Different rather than better subject to personal preference.

The Direct & Focused C offers a sound not known from a Larsen C before whereas the Warm & Broad C approaches the Magnacore C medium. Warmer and broader but with the new core basis.

The second difference is ‘playability’. The Magnacore C Arioso, because of its low tension, offers the easiest playability in pianissimo in the Magnacore family. The Il Cannone C strings get very close to this level despite the higher medium tension.

Il Cannone G

The Il Cannone G strings are designed to partner and support the other strings in the set, especially the new C strings. In comparison to the popular Magnacore G strings, the Il Cannone G variants solve one issue: there is no potential metallic sound when playing open strings, the sound is uniform across all positions.

Another difference to the Magnacore G is the flexible construction of the Il Cannone G. This provides easier playability and a faster response. However, players preferring the resistance of a string to bow and finger will probably prefer the Magnacore G and observe them to be faster in response. Again, Il Cannone is a great and versatile add-on to our portfolio and not necessarily a better replacement.

Il Cannone D

The Il Cannone D Direct & Focused delivers a clear and projecting sound. Its character is close to our Magnacore Arioso D, but at a lower string tension level. This strengthens the A string in its projection and makes the sound more open. The Warm & Broad D string has a beautiful almost saturated warmth as with our Magnacore D medium yet offers more clarity in sound and is more powerful than the Magnacore without an increase in tension.

Il Cannone A

Our new and patent pending Direct & Focused A string combines qualities of several of our popular A strings: the singing quality of the Arioso A, the edge of the Magnacore A and the sound body of the Soloist A. The testing cellists reported very easy playability and sound response plus considerable durability.

The Il Cannone Warm & Broad A string adds distinctly more warmth and body and is the ideal choice for very bright sounding instruments needing these qualities from the A string. The optimum result here would be combining the Warm & Broad A & D. Alternatively, combine the Warm & Broad A with the Direct & Focused D to open up the sound and to add greater clarity.

‘It’s all about the music’

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Il Cannone for Cello


We would love to hear about your experience with Il Cannone and what combination works best for you and your instrument. Sheku, for example, chose a 50/50 blend to optimise his Amati and his style but which set up will you choose?

Contact us direct. Let us know what you think and feel free to ask any questions that you may have:

Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Image © Jake Turney.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku performs with Il Cannone for Cello

Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Original images © Jake Turney. Nicolas Altstaedt. Original images © Marco Borggreve. Matthias Bartolomey. Original images © Andrea Peller & © Stephan Doleschal. Jian Wang. Original images © Xu Bin. Narek Hakhnazaryan. Original images © Narek Hakhnazaryan. Christian-Pierre La Marca. Original images © Laurent Speller/Sony Classical.

Il Cannone Cello A Warm & Broad
Il Cannone Cello D Warm & Broad
Il Cannone Cello G Warm & Broad
Il Cannone Cello C Warm and Broad
Il Cannone Cello A Direct & Focused
Il Cannone Cello D Direct & Focused
Il Cannone Cello G Direct & Focused
Il Cannone Cello C Direct & Focused

Alternative Options for Cello

Tzigane® Violin

Original Cello

Tzigane® Violin

Crown Strings®

Tzigane® Violin

Soloist Cello

Tzigane® Violin

Fractional Cello

Tzigane® Violin

Magnacore® Cello

Tzigane® Violin

Magnacore® Arioso Cello

Aiming for Sustainable Solutions


We are participating in Project ZEROThe entire Sonderborg area is involved in the vision of creating a COneutral growth area before 2029. Larsen Strings has been awarded Silver Certification.

Our aim is to work toward sustainable solutions at Larsen Strings.  As a company we have chosen to support the environment by upgrading to the CO2 neutral energy plan ‘Medvind’ as supplied by SE’s Danish Land Wind Turbines.


Elholm 6, 6400 Sønderborg, Denmark.

Larsen Strings A/S has chosen to support the environment by upgrading to the CO2 neutral energy plan ‘Medvind’ as supplied by SE’s Danish Land Wind Turbines. Awarded Silver Certification as a corporate participant in Project ZERO (Sønderborg).