Faulk Tuning Hammers



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.”

~David Andersen

 CF-TR and CF-3 Tuning Hammers

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.

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. 



SpectraPly “Crossbones” CF-LITE


Wood specie: SpectraPly “Crossbones”
Length: 12 3/4″
Weight: 9.4 oz
Price: SOLD
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. 

Masur Birch CF-TR


Wood species: Masur birch
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 10.9 ounces
Price: $357.00
Description: This is a wood from Finland or Western Russia. The black curls are made by boring insects that commonly invade these birch trees.

Aromatic Cedar CF-LITE


Wood species: Aromatic cedar
Length: 12 1/8″
Weight: 7.9 ounces
Price: $340.00
Description: A mere 7.9 ounces in weight. These LITE levers provide a maximum amount of feedback. 

Black Walnut CF-LITE



Wood: Black walnut
Length: 12″
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Description: The CF-LITE has an abbreviated handle for weight reduction. And, because I’m using lighter (usually American) woods, I can sell them at a reduced price. 

South American Ironwood CF-3

Wood: SA Ironwood
Length: 12″
Weight: 12.7ounces
Price: $367.00
Description: The final third ironwood handle from the same piece as described above. 

Spalted Maple CF-3

Wood: Spalted Western maple.
Length: 12″
Weight: 9.1 ounces
Price: $387.00
Description: Another rare spalted, curly maple wood. The spalted area on the wide end of the lever 
been hardened. A real collector’s item.

Teak CF-TR

Wood: Asian teak
Length: 12″
Weight: 10.0 ounces
Price: $357.00
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… 

Zebrawood CF-TR


Wood: African zebrawood
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 11.4 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
Length: 12″
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Price: $357.00
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. 

Western Maple  CF-LITE

Wood: Western long leaf maple
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Price: $340.00
Description: Rigid, low mass, reduced cost, and sensitive to micro movement in the tuning pins.


Bog Oak CF-TR #2

Wood: Bog Oak
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Price: SOLD
Description: Bog oak is reputed to be between 1000 and 3000 years old. The black coloring is the result of an oak tree that becomes preserved under the silt of a river. In its air tight environment, the wood absorbs the minerals in the mud. This piece came from Ukraine. 


Walnut CF-3

Wood: Western walnut
Length: 14″
Weight: 9.7 ounces
Price: $290.00
Description: The above is a ‘used’ tuning hammer I’ve worked with for a few years. It does have some dents in the finish. The carbon fiber tube is ultra high modulus with a .123″ wall thickness. The tuning head and #2 Jahn tip are both new. I’m selling it “as is”. 

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