I figure I’ve tuned over 25,000 pianos in my life, and I’ve definitely become sensitized to the process. The stability of my tuning depends on setting the pin properly, and to do that I’ve spent 35 years developing pin sensitivity in my body. Finally, finally, Charles Faulk has made a tuning lever that frees me to use all of that experience. The Faulk carbon fiber/aluminum lever allows a level of pin perception and “micro” movement that is truly extraordinary, leading to more fun and less work, more “in-the-zone” moments and far less frustration. It’s the best tuning lever I’ve ever used by two or three orders of magnitude.”
CF-TR Tuning Hammers
I’m introducing the new line of CF-TR tuning hammers. These tuning levers feature a threaded head/shaft connection that will allow you to change heads easily in the field. If you are a frequent tip changer, this design will be especially helpful. All you will need to do is to keep an extra head/tip assembly in your tool kit. You’ll be back to work in seconds! This design features a tuning shaft that has an outer tube of titanium with an inner tube of carbon fiber for added strength and stiffness. You will have a choice of 5, 10, or 15 degree tuning heads.
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 team in the country, Erwin’s Piano Restoration. So I’m happy to introduce some of Jacob’s work on this page.
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. From this point on, all my tuning hammers will be equipped with Itoshin tips.
Wood specie: SpectraPly “Ruby Ridge”, hard maple, and bubinga
Length: 12 3/4″”
Weight: 11.5 oz
Description: SpectraPly is a composite made with dyed birch laminates. The kaleidoscope design was created with two laminates cut at an angle. The end knob is the same wood turned on its side. Cool, huh?
Gold Narra CF-3
Wood specie: Gold narra
Length: 12 1/2″
Weight: 10.8 oz
Description: Gold narra comes from SE Asia. The wood is rather coarse grained; but, with multiple coats of polyurethane, the wood is smooth to the touch.
Curly Maple CF-TR
Wood specie: Western curly maple
Weight: 10.2 oz
Description: A curly maple handle from Oregon. I used a new finish (for me, at least): tung oil. One of the big benefits of tung oil is that it soaks into the wood unlike topical finishes like polyurethane or varnish. It also has a silky smooth feel.
Wood specie: Canarywood
Length: 13 3/8″
Weight: 12.1 oz
Description: Canarywood is a fairly plentiful wood in Central America. The photo doesn’t really show the mixture of yellow, red, and brown coloring as well as it should. Note the length of this lever.
Wood species: Sapele
Length: 13 1/2″
Weight: 10.3 ounces
Description: Sapele (pronounced sah-pee-lee) is also known as African mahogany. It has a curly grain, and it’s rot resistant.
Wood species: African padauk
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 12.3 ounces
Description: An unusually dark red padauk lever. Padauk is a medium density hardwood with coarse grain.
SpectraPly “Crossbones” CF-TR
Wood species: SpectraPly “Crossbones”
Length: 12 ”
Weight: 11.4 ounces
Description: SpectraPly is a composite made up of dyed birch veneers laminated to form a block. I like the Zen simplicity of two contrasting colors.
Chakte Viga CF-TR
Wood species: Chakte Viga
Length: 11 1/2″
Weight: 12.5 oz
Description: Chakte Viga is a wood grown mostly in Central America. It’s dense and hard. The satin sheen of the wood is due to a new finish on the market. It’s called “Odie’s Oil”, a wax/poly finish that is very smooth to the touch.
Wood species: Zebrawood
Weight: 11.9 oz
Description: I used a new finishing product on this handle. It’s call “Odie’s Oil”. Odie’s is a wax/poly mix that is ultra smooth and silky to the touch. It also imparts a dark, satin color to the wood.
Gold Narra CF-TR
Wood species: Gold narra
Weight: 10.9 oz
Description: Gold narra comes from SE Asia. It’s a bit lighter in weight than its cousin, red narra.
Wood species: Zebrawood or zebrano
Weight: 11.3 oz
Description: Zebrawood is from Western Africa. It is a coarse grained wood; but, when it’s sanded, it has a smooth feel.
Length: 12 5/8″”
Weight: 10.9 oz
Description: Teak comes from South East Asia. It’s especially water and rot resistant. The wood is finished with “Odie’s Oil” making the already waxy wood even smoother.
Weight: 10.6 oz
Description: Yeah, that’s white ash recovered from a 100 year old upright. The Cinnamon dye brings out the grain beautifully. Ash is noted for its strength and light weight.