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 assemblies 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.
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.
Wood specie: Terrain SpectraPly
Length: 11 3/4″
Description: SpectraPly is a birch composite made with dyed veneers. Basic earth tones, green, gold, and red. The handle is comparatively larger than normal with a ball diameter of 2 1/4″. Itoshin tip.
Wood specie: Andira
Length: 11 3/4″
Weight: 12.3 oz
Description: The handle is heavy andira from Central America. It is a coarse grain wood, but the grain is completely filled in with poly finish. The ball is 2 1/4″ in diameter. Itoshin tip.
Coolibah Burl CF-TR
Wood specie: Coolibah burl
Length: 12 5/8″
Description: Coolibah is an Australian specie. This piece was cut from a large burl cap about 10 years ago. I almost threw it away because of all the deep checks in the wood. Finally I tried infusing the entire piece with water thin epoxy, twice. So the black stripes are actually epoxy filler. It was well worth the time and effort. By the way, if you haven’t noticed, this tuning hammer is heavy.
Bog Oak CF-TR
Wood specie: Bog Oak
Length: 11 7/8″
Weight: 10.2 oz
Description: An extraordinary wood! The black color is real, no dyes! Dated at 3000 to 6000 years old, bog oak occurs when an ancient oak tree falls by a stream as the result of erosion. The tree settles into the silt and is virtually preserved in the airtight mud. The coloring comes from minerals that wick into the wood over the millennia. I was lucky to find this rare wood. It’s so black that the photo just doesn’t do it justice. THERE ARE MORE OF THESE IN THE MAKING AS SOON AS THE NEW BLOCKS REACH OPTIMUM MOISTURE LEVEL.
Arizona Ironwood CF-TR
Wood species: Arizona ironwood
Weight: 15.2 oz
Description: After the convention in Tucson this summer, I had the unique opportunity to buy some genuine Arizona ironwood. These woods are very rare and very expensive. To my knowledge, there is no other place in this country where this ironwood is grown. It’s very heavy and dense. Its density is much on a par with Gabon ebony. And they don’t call it ironwood for nothing. I had to use carbide tools to shape the handle. The grain and color of this wood make this a piece of art.
Wood species: Buckskin SpectraPly
Length: 12 1/2″
Weight: 11.4 oz
Description: SpectraPly is a composite made up of dyed birch laminates. Quite colorful! You’ll never loose this in your tuning kit. SpectraPly has one other big advantage: stability, no checks, no splits. Itoshin tip.
Weight: 12.9 oz
Description: Katalox is a dense, heavy wood from Central America. It darkens with age to an almost black color. Nice diffuse grain.
SpectraPly II CF-TR
Wood species: Safari SpectraPly
Weight: 11.5 ounces
Description: Please read the comments on the SpectraPly #1 on the page. Beautiful colors! The enlarged ball shape on the end is very comfortable in your hand. Itoshin tip.
Wood species: Purpleheart
Length: 11 1/2″
Weight: 12.4 ounces
Description: Well aged purpleheart, over 25 years. The wood is solid, but it’s a three piece ‘glue up’ made from a single plank. Starting with this tuning hammer, I will be including an Itoshin tip with every unit. These tips have been so popular that it just makes sense to upgrade all subsequent levers with them.
Wood species: Sapele
Length: 11 1/4″
Weight: 10.7 ounces
Description: Sapele is a South American specie. A dense wood with rich brown grain. This lever includes an Itoshin tip. A rather short tuning hammer for those who prefer a reduced length.
Wood species: NorthWest myrtle
Weight: 9.8 ounces
Description: Myrtle has two big pluses. It’s light weight, and it’s very smooth to the touch. Itoshin tip.
Wood species: Bloodwood
Weight: 12.6 oz
Description : Bloodwood is South American wood. It’s very dense and pleasantly aromatic. Although this is solid wood, it’s a three piece glue-up made from the same board. Itoshin tip.
Weight: 12.9 oz.
Description: Brownheart is a South American wood. Very dense and heavy. Lots of figure and contrasts. Itoshin tip.
Macassar Ebony CF-TR
Length: 11 1/2″
Weight: 13.1 ounces
Description:Macassar ebony comes from Southeast Asia. It’s highly prized for its color and grain. Itoshin tip.
Redheart, Padauk, Zebrawood, Cherry CF-TR
Length: 11 1/2″
Weight: 10.8 ounces
Description: Another colorful multi-lam glue-up featuring red heart, padauk, , zebrawood, and cherry. Note the distinctive design in the zebra layer. With Itoshin tip.