"Il Cannone Guarnerius" - Paganini's favorite violin made in 1743 by the great Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri. Paganini received this great violin as a gift from an amateur violinist and business man, after losing his valuable "Amati" in gambling. It is known that Paganini liked to gamble a lot in his youth. "Il cannone" is now considered a national treasure and it is on exhibit at GENOVA - MUSEO PALAZZO TURSI, ITALY
Niccolo Paganini (27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.