Anne Akiko Meyers

Featured Larsen Artist

“V (‘ex-Vieuxtemps’) is very happy with the Larsen Solo Il Cannone strings.”

Anne Akiko Meyers

Larsen Strings for Violin

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The Il Cannone ® celebrates Paganini’s legacy with what we believe to be a truly revolutionary sound.

In the design and development process here at Larsen we always aim to produce the exceptional but it is only during the testing and trial process with hands-on musicians that we can truly know for certain. And we would seem to have succeeded. The feedback from musicians has confirmed that playability and feel on the fingerboard is excellent with a good resistance to the bow.

Designed to bring out the best in your violin, Il Cannone individual strings and sets are available as two versions. The Medium variant has a more moderate tension with an open, colourful, projecting, richer and powerful sound whilst the Soloist brings a fuller tone, with even more presence and focus. 

Descriptions of the sound that our Il Cannone sets deliver include: ‘Noble and powerful. A biting tone with real punch. Highly colourful with many intricate harmonics. Clear. Open. Brilliant. A very fast and easy response especially in spicatto.

Renaud Capuçon Il Cannone

Renaud Capuçon

New Options

Individual A strings and both sets are now available as original or new Warm & Broad A.

The Il Cannone E string, now available with a dedicated loop option, is made using a unique carbon steel, while the A, D and G strings build on a new, synthetic multi-filament core. The A string is wound with precision rolled aluminium flat wire and the D and G strings are wound with pure silver.

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Il Cannone Violin A
Il Cannone Violin D
Il Cannone Violin G
Il Cannone Soloist E
Il Cannone Soloist A
Il Cannone Soloist D
Il Cannone Soloist G

“I use the new Il Cannone violin strings and my violin and me have never been this happy with a line of violin strings. I have been using Larsen strings for several years now and this line is specifically perfect for a soloist bringing that extra kick of power and quality to it!”

Rusanda Panfili

Il Cannone Rusanda Panfili. Image: Stefan Panfili

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Il Cannone for Violin

‘It’s the perfect string for a powerful soloist who needs that extra kick of sound.’

Rusanda Panfili

Il Cannone A Medium Warm & Broad
Il Cannone A Soloist Warm & Broad

Il Cannone A Options

During the development phase of Il Cannone violin with musicians we identified two trends in terms of player response. One group of violinists preferred the directness of a set using one prototype ‘original’ A whilst the other group chose the warmer and broader feel of an alternative A variant.

Warm & Broad or original A? We have completed an extensive trial testing Il Cannone A options. We listened to your feedback & are pleased to announce that the Il Cannone Warm & Broad A is now available as a permanent option. See some of the musicians who participated in the testing process below. All images submitted by the participants.

Larsen Artists testing Il Cannone A

Video: Braimah Kanneh-Mason testing the Il Cannone A options.

Warm & Broad A
Il Cannone Violin Direct & Focused Medium A

Direct & Focused A

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Il Cannone Violin Direct & Focused Soloist A

Direct & Focused A

Peg End Silk

Il Cannone Violin Warm & Broad Medium A

Warm & Broad A

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Il Cannone Violin Warm & Broad Soloist A

Warm & Broad A

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Larsen Strings Reviews

Independent reviews submitted by musicians

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Emma Jardine

The Streeton Trio

“When I first put these strings on my violin, I almost changed them back to the old set immediately, because they were so different to what I was used to. They initially felt metallic, and took a little while to stretch in. But I’m so glad that I stuck with them! The metallic sound soon settled down, into something more resonant and golden, and they have now become my all-time favourite strings.

I play on them all the time, and I love the change they have created in my playing. The bright, silvery tone gives my instrument the best projection I’ve ever found on any strings, and also allow a wider variety of colours than I’ve ever had before. The sound speaks immediately and easily from the strings when the bow touches the string, allowing greater flexibility with my bow usage – I can use very light strokes without any fear that the sound won’t speak.

I actually find that they make my modern violin (made in 2007) sound like a much more expensive, older instrument, in that they give it a more sophisticated, louder and more silvery tone. Since changing to these strings, I’ve had many more comments from audience members praising my instrument’s tone.

As a violinist playing predominantly in a piano trio, it’s always been a struggle for me to balance my sound with the much thicker, louder sound of the piano. These strings make the balance in the trio much easier, allowing my sound to penetrate without having to force or push at all. I couldn’t be happier with these amazing new strings!”

“I have played Larsen Virtuoso on my violin for a while and am very happy with these strings. Now, I have tried Il Cannone with the a-string ‘warm and broad’ sound. With Il Cannone I am even more excited. The warm, focused, pure and voluminous sound suits my violin excellent. Thank you very much for this wonderful creation!”

“The strings are bright, focused and very responsive. I had tried dozens of brands and types of strings but all of them left me wanting. The Il Cannone filled all the missing gaps, bringing added presence and sweetness to the sound of my Amati. The moment I first tried them, I knew I had finally found the right strings for my precious friend. I’ve been using them ever since and have no desire to try any other strings. In fact, I always ensure I have at least one spare set in my case at all times!”

Information Sheet

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Violin Silk Colours

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Laurits Th Larsen, Founder & Director

Laurits Th. Larsen.

Our Journey with ‘Il Cannone’.

Much of our string development process has always been actively ‘hands-on’ with musicians both here at Sønderborg and across Europe. Trialling and testing new strings with the direct feedback and input supplied by players…

The Violin
The ‘Il Cannone’ Guarnerius violin, 1743, was made by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ of Cremona (1698–1744).
The violin acquired its name from the former owner and virtuoso Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840). Il Cannone is known for its resonance and power and is so deeply associated with Paganini that the violin is often known as simply Il Cannone, ex-Paganini.

The Virtuoso
Niccolò Paganini’s exceptional virtuoso talent and his remarkable dexterity and flexibility accorded him an almost mythical and rather mystical reputation during his lifetime.
Paganini possessed unusually long fingers and was capable of playing three octaves across four strings in one hand span. His talent was viewed as so extraordinary, verging on the unnatural, that he was seen as having associations with the supernatural. Something that he apparently did nothing to discourage given the publicity and notoriety that he was subsequently rewarded with.

‘Dedicated to the Artists’ was Paganini’s own dedication accompanying the release of his 24 Caprices for Violin (1820).

Alternative Options for Violin

Virtuoso® Violin

Virtuoso® Violin

Violin Original

Original Violin

Tzigane® Violin

Tzigane® Violin

Aurora Violin

Aurora Violin

Il Cannone® Violin

Il Cannone® Violin

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Aiming for sustainable solutions

Our aim here at Larsen Strings is to progressively work toward sustainable solutions in the way that we operate as a company. Some steps are small and some, such as our decision to upgrade to a C0² neutral electricity plan are larger steps towards our destination.

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