The CF-TR Faulk Tuning Hammer
The Faulk tuning hammer features a tuning shaft made with a .625″ outer tube of 3AL-2.5V titanium tubing reinforced by an inner tube of .10″ wall carbon fiber. The combination gives the tuner an exceptionally rigidity in a smaller tube. The handles are individually hand turned and made from quality hardwoods. Because these are hand made, they can also be customized on request to fit a particular tuner’s needs. The tuning heads are removable. They feature a coupling adapter that allow you to use Hale type tips as well as Jahn tips.
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.
Important news: I’m happy to tell you that I’m introducing a new enhancement to my tuning hammers … Itoshin tips! Itoshin in a premium tuning tip from Japan that provides incredible tip-to-pin fit. For an additional $30.00 on your purchase of a Faulk tuning hammer, you can now have the best tip on the market. Once you use it, you’ll see why I’m so enthusiastic about the Itoshin.
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.
TUNING HAMMER SOCKS
These beautiful hand knitted tuning hammer socks are made to fit handles with a ball end. Handmade by Barbara Bauguess in Grand Junction, CO, they come in four different colors. They are made with Peruvian, washable yarn.
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.
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.