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closeup view of sound post hammer 

Posted 12/24/2013 12:23:48 PM

The was made from the head of a hex bolt and 1/8" stainless steel tubing. I cut off the threads then thinned the head down to fit in the most slender f-holes of my fiddles. The stainless steel tubing was inserted into a hole drilled into the side of the bolt head for a snug fit and pressed in. A drop of CA was added as insurance. The loopback on the handle was necessary to prevent the hammer from twisting in your fingers while tapping. It works great. I had never seen one of these until I was in Horoshi Izuka's living room watching him adjust a viola soundpost as we casually conversed while he placed the soundpost and tapped it into place. He made it look easy.

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