* Real quality ebony fittings and fingerboard
* Despiau 3-tree French bridge
* Setup with our preferred Kaplan Amo Strings or D'addario Zyex - whatever sounds best on this particular violin
This is a replica of the original Guarneri Cannon Violin
Niccolò Paganini passed on his Guarneri del Gesù violin ‘Il Cannone’ (The Cannon) to the City of Genova, which received the instrument from Paganini’s son Achille in 1851, eleven years after Paganini’s death. For over a century it was carefully conserved by the Genovese authorities and rarely played; this has given us a priceless gift of a masterpiece in astonishingly pure condition.
In the 1960s the ‘Cannon’ was refitted and set up for modern playing conditions. From the late 1970s up to the first years of this century it then went through quite an intense period of use and some of the world’s best players had the privilege to play it.