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

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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

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

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.

Il Cannone Violin E
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
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 and focus of a set using one prototype A whilst the other group chose the warmer and broader feel of an alternative A variant. 

Warm & Broad or Direct & Focused? 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 A Direct & Focused

Direct & Focused A

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Il Cannone Soloist A Direct and Focussed

Direct & Focused A

Peg End Silk

Il Cannone Violin Warmer & Broader

Warm & Broad A

Peg End Silk

Il Cannone Soloist A Warmer & Broader

Warm & Broad A

Peg End Silk

Information Sheet

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Violin Silk Colours

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Violin Sound Compass

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Alternative Options for Violin

Virtuoso® Violin

Original Violin

Virtuoso® Violin

Virtuoso® Violin

Tzigane® Violin

Tzigane® Violin

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).

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).