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After a lot of thought and some experimentation, I made a tool to easily insert the sound post on a violin. To make the tool we need some thick wire, pliers, and waxed dental floss. Here are the steps to make one: 1) Fold the end of the wire as shown in the picture below: 2) Fold the end as shown in the picture below. This is where the sound post will be supported. 3) Cut the excess wire at the end and make the first loop: 4) Leave 7 to 8 cms. and make the second loop as shown in the picture below. Don't worry about the bent, it will be fixed latter. 5) Make the last cut, straighten the wire and adjust the distances so the top and bottom are lined up properly. The top part will help us position the sound post in the right place. 6) Before using the tool, it is very important to file out, using a metal file, any rough edges. We don't want to scratch the violin, cut ourselves, or allow the dental floss to get caught. Once you have a very smooth tool, you can attach the sound post to the tool. In the picture below, that is not an actual sound post (my sound post is inside the violin already) but a piece of dowel I cut for tests. 7) Thread the dental floss as shown below. 8) Finally, pull the dental floss tight and secure it as shown in the picture. For this to work properly you'll need waxed dental floss. To inset the sound post in the violin use the f hole as usual. Once you are satisfied with the location of the sound post you can either unravel the dental floss, or just cut it and carefully pull out both the wire tool and the dental floss. In all, it took me about half an hour to make the tool, including taking the pictures. Using the tool, it took me about a minute to set the sound post. Making this post is taking me over an hour and fifteen minutes and counting! I hope you find it useful. Jesus