The new Larsen Il Cannone cello range is the next step in cello string development. 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. Read more
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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. 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.
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 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. The cellist can modify and control the tone of his/her instrument in a way that is easy to predict. 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.
The launch set is supplied as ADGC Direct & Focused with additional A and C, Warm & Broad, alternatives, for free included. You can use this set to experiment with different setups on your own instrument.
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.
How compare the Il Cannone strings to the other strings of the Larsen 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.
- Both C and G strings have steel rope cores and tungsten windings,
- Both Ds and the ‘warm and broad’ A have solid steel cores and stainless steel windings.
- The ‘direct and focused’ A string uses a unique material that is currently being patented.
|A string material||Solid steel core, stainless steel wound (warm), patented core, stainless steel wound (focused)|
|D string material||Solid steel core, stainless steel wound|
|G string material||Steel rope core, tungsten wound|
|C string material||Steel rope core, tungsten wound|