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.”
The CF-TR and CF-3 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 of the CF-TR features a tuning shaft that has an outer tube of titanium with an inner tube of carbon fiber for added strength and stiffness. The CF-3 has an ultra high modulus carbon fiber tune, 3/4″ width. You will have a choice of 5, 10, or 15 degree tuning heads.
Wood specie: Western black walnut
Length: 11 3/4″
Weight: 8.9 oz
Description: This is the first of a new model called CF-LITE. The lever is made with a high modulus
carbon fiber tube with a .065″ wall thickness. This low mass lever can detect micro movements in the tuning pin. And yet the thin walled tube is remarkable strong.
Wood species: Mesquite
Weight: 10.9 ounces
Description: Mesquite is native to the desert areas of Texas and Arizona. It is “Lite” for this specie.
Wood species: SpectraPly “Black Velvet” composite
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 9.8 ounces
Description: SpectraPly is a laminate made with dyed veneers of birch. This LITE tuning hammer features a .065″ carbon fiber high modulus tube. It’s amazingly strong and responsive.
Wood: Spalted western maple
Length: 12 1/8″
Weight: 8.8 ounces
Description: Spalting occurs when the felled maple log lies on the ground for a long period. The log absorbs minerals from the earth leaving dark streaks on the wood. This wood handle is “hardened” to make the wood more durable.
Length: 12 3/4″
Weight: 10.1 ounces
Description: Shedua is found mostly in SW Africa. A medium density wood with contrasting tan and brown coloring.
Wood: Spalted Western maple.
Weight: 9.1 ounces
Description: Another rare spalted, curly maple wood. The spalted area on the wide end of the lever
been hardened. A real collector’s item.
Wood: Asian teak
Weight: 10.0 ounces
Description: Teak is noted for its resistance water rot and durability. For centuries, it was the wood of choice for ship decking. I’m not suggesting that you should throw this beauty into a vat of water, but just in case…
Wood: African zebrawood
Length: 12 5/4″
Weight: 9.1 ounces
Description: Found mostly in western Africa, it looks more like a lion’s mane than a zebra.
Red Canarywood CF-TR
Wood: Red canarywood
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Description: Canarywood is a South American specie. Most pieces have a light yellow color, but this particular handle is closer to the core, thus, the red.
Wood: Western long leaf maple
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Description: Rigid, low mass, reduced cost, and sensitive to micro movement in the tuning pins.