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 optimize 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 setup 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.
A-String: Stainless steel wound over a steel core (18.5 kg / 40.8 lb)
D-String: Stainless steel wound over a steel core (14.1 kg / 31.1 lb)
G-String: Tungsten wound over a rope core (13.8 kg / 30.4 lb)
C-String: Tungsten wound over a rope core (13.5 kg / 29.8 lb)
Provides Richness and Warm Overtones
I play a hand-made Montagnana style, full-size cello. For the last year, I have been using Pirastro Perpetual Edition strings. They are powerful strings and project very well. In my opinion, at least on my cello, the sound was a little too focused and lacked some warmth and overtones one would expect from a Montagnana cello. On my cello, the A string had a tendency to sound a bit nasally or maybe its metallic. You didn't really hear it under the ear so much but when recorded from the audience's perspective, it was very apparent. Since the the strings were now over a year old, perhaps the lack of warmth and the A string issues were string-age related. I play an average of 2 hours per day so they were probably due to be replaced. For my replacement set, I chose Larsen Il Cannone Cello String Set, Warm & Broad. Even when first tuning the cello, I could immediately tell that these strings were a game changer. For my Montagnana cello, the Il Cannone Warm & Broad strings added a rich, robust sound that was much rounder than the Pirastro strings. The warmth and overtones came alive and the A string lost its nasally sound. These strings project just as well as the Pirastro strings but with a deepness that just wasn't there with Pirastro strings. The Il Cannone strings require very little effort to make them sing - I think they are just a much more forgiving string, perhaps. Anyway, This is now my favorite cello strings and I am extremely happy with these strings. Every cello is unique so your mileage may vary.
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