hi i just bought a ms200tt and still waiting for it to come in the mail and i kept thinking if i needed an awl... tim said it's nice to have on around. So i look online and i see that they are around 4-8 dollars. Then i remember when i was at university i bought a medical teasing needle, i tested this with a couple of my rackets and behold it worked!! Now i don't know if it will actually work because i dont' have my machine in, but for 50 cents... i guess i can't beat that. I'll reply with a update if it works when i start stringing. And oh yes you could probably pick one of these up at any university boook store or a medical supply store most likely not over 1 dollar.