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Hello everyone, I have always wondered how on earth Andrea Amati was able to invent the violin in nearly perfect form from the start. Reason for which while closely examining the 1570 "Charles IX" a couple days ago I suddenly realized that the filled-in peg holes in the oddest of positions make it rather plausible that the instrument originally had 3 pegs instead of four. That would put in line with the violin depicted in 1534 by Gaudenzio Ferrari in his affresco in the cathedral of Saronno, which likewise has only three pegs and yet is considered the first iconographic image of a modern violin. What currently is the consensus on this? Are their other early violins which originally had only three pegs? Thanks.