• Charles Faulk

    Charles Faulk is a native Arkansan, born in North Little Rock. In addition to his work as a piano tuner technician, he has worked as a theatrical music director, pianist, and actor in numerous productions across the Midwest. Charles also plays jazz and popular music in the Jack Mitchell band and many smaller ensembles in the region.

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Welcome to Faulk piano service

Welcome to my new web site. I can now post new products much more quickly and serve you more efficiently. Thanks for your patience!

Charles Faulk, Registered Piano Technician, Piano Technicians Guild, is a pianist, piano technician, and professional woodworker. He has 45 years experience in piano manufacturing, piano restoration, and concert level piano work.

Mr. Faulk has been making piano tuning levers since 1996. Over the years these tuning hammers have evolved from titanium based tools to carbon fiber and metal (titanium and aluminum)/carbon fiber products. From the point of inception, his goal has been to produce levers that are lightweight, well balanced, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. He has also redesigned the tuning head to eliminate the point loading problems of conventional tuning hammers caused by the narrowing of the tuning shaft at the threaded end.

Good news! After a long wait, I will soon have all the parts for the tuning hammers on Thursday, Mar. 3. I’ve already started manufacturing new tuning hammers, so please visit the site for some new product. These new parts are being made by Spring Creek Custom Machining. They are excellent partners who make quality parts. Thanks for your patience.

CURRENT PRODUCTS

The CF-TR and CF-3 Faulk Tuning Hammer

There are now two models of Faulk Tuning Hammers to choose from: The CF-TR which features a tuning shaft made with a light weight titanium with an inner core of carbon fiber high modulus tubing. The CF-3 features a shaft made of 3/4″ ultra high modulus carbon fiber tubing. The wall of this tubing is 1/8″ thick. Both models are hand made with ergonomic, aesthetically pleasing hard wood handles. Both of these are extremely rigid. I can also do custom levers to meet your individual needs.

Announcement: At the age of 72, I’ve felt for a long time that I needed to pass this joyful business, this stroke of luck, to a younger person. But let me say at the outset of this paragraph, I’m not retiring! Well, not yet. I thought I’d wait until I got old! Anyway, this ‘younger person’ is my friend and colleague, Jacob Erwin. Jacob has all the enthusiasm and all the skill to take these tuning hammers to another level. I think most of you will know Jacob as part of the best piano rebuilding teams in the country, Erwin’s Piano Restoration. So I’m happy to introduce some of Jacob’s work on this page. Please look at the first two tuning hammers on this page, and you will understand how fortunate I feel to have him on my team.

 

KEY STRIKING TOOL

The key striking tool is made with solid PVC and has a thick leather pad which contacts the key surface. It fits in your palm. By placing your forefinger close to the leather pad, you can orient your location on the key by touch without having to look down at the keyboard. This tool will prevent damage to your finger joints.

DEAR CUSTOMERS

Thank you for visiting FaulkPiano.com. Over the last 17 years, I have developed an array of tuning hammers dedicated to the concept of lightness and balance. These levers are so diverse that they sometimes cause confusion with you. I’m asked, “Which one is the best? Which one is the strongest? Which one will suit my needs?” I feature a variety of lengths, head angles, handle shapes, wood choices, and weights. WHY? Basically because we are all different. We see the ultimate use of this simple lever from different perspectives. We envision how our customers will react when they see this special tool come out of our tool case. We were guided by our individual physique when we learned our trade. I’ve spoken to hundreds of tuners in these years, and it’s astounding how much their approach to tuning varies. And so, it’s my belief that there is no uniform product out there that will please everyone.

Having said the above, I want to leave you with one last thought. Choosing a tuning hammer isn’t always about examining your strengths and preferences. Try to think of this tool as a ‘mate’, as something you gradually become accustomed to. You’ll find that your future preferences will be forever guided by the relationship you nurture with your tuning lever. Sounds hokey? Perhaps. But it does happen.

STRING LEVELING

The string leveling tool works differently from conventional tools. Instead of lifting the string with a hook, the Faulk string leveling tool uses leverage. The tool has grooves cut on both ends that will slip in between the strings and bend the strings very minutely by pulling or pushing on the other end of the tool. It takes very little effort and produces very precise results.

The string leveling gauge consists of an aluminum base with a vertical slot cut on one side. The base sits on the plane of the strings and references the level of the strings from the string plane rather than the level of the keybed. The string level is determined by a small ½” wide rule that rests loosely on its end on the strings. By lifting the dampers and plucking each string of the unison, you can determine the level of the strings by listening to the buzz against the rule. When all three strings of the unison buzz equally against the rule, the strings are level.

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