In the field of musical instruments, Laurus is a piece of history of Italian violin making. Completely hand-made, there are only 900 electric Laurus basses worldwide and every year only 25 to 30 individual new instruments are introduced into the market. The skilled luthier, Pierluigi Cazzola, founded the small workshop called “Laurus professional bass guitars” in 1982, in the town of Schio (VI), an hour’s drive from Venice.
“I started playing the guitar and the bass guitar when I was six – says Pierluigi Cazzola. At the time, electric musical instruments were very expensive and the only solution was to hire one. My family helped me. This was a great opportunity for me. I could replace each instrument at the end of every month. After some time, I had tried all the guitar and bass guitar brands available in stores. This gave me the opportunity to appreciate and compare different instrument making techniques that existed between brands, building on ideas and technical solutions. In the mid-70s I started to build a bass guitar just for fun, trying to reproduce a major American model.”
Today, Laurus is an established brand in Italy and its musical instruments are also sold worldwide in countries such as: Germany, France, Switzerland, The UK and The USA. The cost of these basses start from a minimum of €3,600. Professional bass players who have become testimonials of Laurus include: Dany Noel, Alex Lofoco, Federico Malaman, Joeri Hommerson, Cico Cicognani, Pierluigi Balducci, Red Canzian, Andrea Balasso and many others. Ric Fierabracci, for example, played a Laurus bass guitar during a number of tours with Chick Corea, Frank Gambale, Billy Cobham and Dave Weckl Band.
Among the technical innovations made by the Italian luthier there is the “piani armonici sospesi” a technical solution first used in the first Fretless model “Extraharmonic” and then also used in the Fretted version: T 900 XRH.
“I’ve been working on the tonal chambers – said Cazzola – specifically, these are little compartments built in the body of the instrument that are to sensitise the body’s reaction to the vibrations. The result is a much faster and emphasised vibration that enhances certain frequencies characterising the sound and making the entire instrument particularly sensitive”.
Even the electronic parts are state of the art technical solutions and have been optimised in partnership with two companies, one Californian and one German.
The future of Laurus lies in a new partnership
Pierluigi Cazzola has put all his passion and effort into the production and innovation of his Laurus electric basses. Now his dream is to awaken the interest of potential partners who are interested in creating a partnership with Laurus. The main objectives are to strengthen Laurus’ brand positioning and to build on the know-how gained in craftsmanship and technological innovation to keep on delivering high quality state of the art musical instruments in years to come.
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1 Laurus is an established brand in Italy and its musical instruments
2 Completely hand-made, there are only 900 electric Laurus basses worldwide and every year only 25 to 30 individual new instruments are introduced into the market.
3 The dream of Mr. Pierluigi Cazzola is to awaken the interest of potential partners who are interested in creating a partnership with Laurus.
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