Scott Cao 850 Cannon Violin – Artistic Series
Scott Cao has built an amazing reputation among the finest players and teachers throughout the world. Instruments bearing his name are always of the utmost quality in performance and craftsmanship. The Scott Cao 850 Cannon Violin is part of the Scott Cao “Artistic Series” instruments. These instruments are each made in honor of historic violins and violin makers.
As a master luthier himself, Scott works tirelessly in training other luthiers who in turn train the factory workers. This constant push to educate and train the next generation of string luthiers holds true to the world’s finest standards of the trade.
Scott Cao Artistic Series
The Scott Cao Artistic Series violins are made in tribute to historic violins of the past. Seeking to provide you with an instrument with a hint of the performance character, both acoustically and aesthetically, the Artistic Series instruments replicate the dimmensions of these famous violins as well as the unique cosmetic elements.
Artistic Series Models – 750, 750E & 850
In the GuangZhou workshop of Scott Cao, Scott is teaching a whole new generation of luthiers. The top luthiers in this shop are responsible for the Artist Series violins models 750 & 850, as well as the body manufacturing for the 950 (which is then varnished and setup in California). These violins represent the absolute best performance value in the string market today. Outperforming violins that are 3-5 times their price. The various models out of this shop are differentiated by the materials used in their build.
- Scott Cao 750 | Italian Spruce Top with Highly Flamed Chinese Maple Back & Sides
- Scott Cao 750E | Italian Spruce Top with Moderately Flamed Bosnian Maple Back & Sides
- Scott Cao 850 | Italian Spruce Top with Highly Flamed Bosnian Maple Back & Sides
Case & Bow
The Scott Cao 850 Cannon violin is sold most commonly as an instrument only, but we often run special promotions (like a free Carbon Fiber Bow). We also offer great “bundle discounts” to help give you a bow & case package at a reduced cost that meets your needs. Our best selling “bundle” upgrade is the CodaBow Diamond NX.
Scott Cao 850 – Cannon Model
The Scott Cao 850 Cannon is one of the most inquired about models in the series. Customers are interested in it due to the connection with Paganini. However, the Cannon uses a unique design that makes it not as great of a fit for most players. The original Cannon uses taller sides and a thicker top than many violins. This extra mass helped make the Cannon possess its dark, clear tone, but also added an extra level of difficulty as it requires a player with a stronger bow hand. The Scott Cao 850 Cannon has been modified slightly to balance out this performance style while still staying true to the original Cannon tonal characteristics. However, we recommend that players who do not fit that playing style look at other instruments, like the Kreisler. For players who do tend to be heavy on their bow hand, the Cannon is an amazing performing instrument!
About the actual Cannon
The home town of Niccolo Paganini (1782 – 1840), Genova is the place where the famous violin, made by Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu is conservated. It seems that Paganini came in possession of the ‘Cannone’ around 1802, although the circumstances are not very clear. Paganini used this violin throughout his entire career and he was quite jealous of it, since the only violinmaker who could make a copy directly from the original violin was Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.
During the winter of 1833/34 he was encharged to restore the Cannone and he took that opportunity to make a copy of it, that was given to Paganini: later the virtuoso passed that violin to his pupil Camillo Sivori (1815 – 1894) who left it to the town of Genova after his death. The two violins owned by Niccolo Paganini are today exhibited in a special room of the town hall building, now converted into a museum. According to his father’s will, the Cannone was consigned by the son of Paganini, Baron Achille to the Major of Genoa on 17th July 1851.
Source: Alberto Giordano & Co. -view original article-
Being based in the desert of Las Vegas, we have a very unique ability to let instruments “age”. As string instruments age and the wood dries, the instrument will improve over that time. However, as these instruments dry in our desert climate of Las Vegas, this process of aging occurs much faster than most areas of the country.
This aging gives you an instrument that is more vibrant, responsive and more stable as a result of this aging!
We do make sure to monitor our instruments and make any necessary adjustments that are needed as a result of this process prior to shipping to you.
In Home Trial
Kessler & Sons Music offers a 3 day trial / return policy on the Scott Cao 850 Cannon Violin outfit. There are no cleaning fees or restocking fees (assuming that the item is returned in proper condition). We know that you need to be able to test the instrument to make sure that it is the right instrument for you. We carefully package the instrument so that it arrives safely to you.
Please note that when we ship the instrument, we wrap the bridge and the tailpiece in tissue paper so that IF the bridge were to fall down in shipping, no damage occurs to the instrument. We do not ship the violin with strings under full tension but there is enough tension to keep everything in place while in transit. If you do decide to return the violin, please make sure to follow the same guidelines so that the instrument is returned in the same condition it was sent out.
Please read our terms & conditions (link at the bottom of the page) for full details on this policy.
Why Buy from Kessler & Sons?
Every instrument we sell has been chosen for the performance value that it offers. We firmly believe that it is our responsibility to help the customer pick the right instrument for them. We evaluate every instrument up against the competition on the market and only choose to sell the instruments that offer you the best value.