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 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 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.

 

 

 

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Blue and charcoal SpectraPly CF-TR

 

Wood specie: SpectraPly
Length: 12″
Weight: 11.4 oz
Price: $295
Description:SpectraPly is a composite made up of dyed birch veneers glued up into a pallet. In this case the colors are blue and charcoal. SpectraPly has one big advantage over solid wood… stability. It doesn’t check or split. Also this handle has a well pronounced ‘ball’ on the end, good for working the lever from the very end of the handle.

Western Maple  CF-TR


Wood specie: Western maple
Length: 12″
Weight: 10.8 oz
Price: $295.00
Description: Dark earth tones on this Western maple with an interesting curl on the knob.

Curly Maple CF-TR


Wood specie: Curly maple
Length: 12″
Weight: 10.8 oz
Price: $295.00
Description: This is a beautiful maple sent to me from a good friend, Bruce Cartier, in Minnesota . Note the colorful “sap” ring on the knob.

Myrtle CF-TR

Wood species: Myrtle
Length: 12″
Weight: 10.2 oz
Price: $295.00
Description: Myrtle when sanded and finished has an ultra smooth surface. Lots of curl in this one.

Satinwood CF-TR

 

Wood species: Satinwood
Length: 12″
Weight: 11.0 oz
Price: $295
Description: This satinwood handle comes from eastern Asia. Note the wild, asymmetrical grain pattern.

Crossbones SpectraPly CF-TR-X

Wood species: Crossbones SpectraPLy
Length: 14″
Weight: 11.7 oz
Price: $315.00
Description: This is a newly designed tuning hammer, the CF-TR-X. The length has been extended to 14″ to enhance the leverage of the tuning hammer; and, surprisingly, the control this tuning lever gives you is incredible. I’ve also created added rigidity to the long shaft by encasing it in a tube of carbon fiber on the inside of the handle.

Bloodwood/red oak  CF-TR

 

Wood species: Bloodwood and red oak
Length: 11 1/2″
Weight: 11.9 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Sometimes it’s fun to glue up blocks with contrasting colors. Here’s a 1/2″ plank of oak sandwiched between two pieces of well aged (25 years) South American bloodwood.

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Brazilian Cherry CF-TR

 

Length: 12″
Weight: 11.6 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Brazilian cherry is much prized in the flooring industry. A dense, hard wood with exceptionally variegated grain. And, like most Brazilian cherry, this handle has been dyed red. This lever also has a smaller than normal knob on the end. Its diameter is 1.80″. Notice also that the tuning tip is a Jahn #2. This is one of many choices you can have in head angles, tips, and adapter.

 

Curly Maple CF-TR

 

Length: 10 3/8″”
Weight: 10.1 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: A few customers have requested some shorter tuning levers. This one is only 10 3/8″ long. And, because the tuning shaft is shorter, I implanted a 3/4″ carbon fiber tube in the handle to stiffen the wood. The tuning head is a 15 degree with a 5/8″ adapter for better clearance.

 

 

East Indian Rosewood CF-TR

Length: 11 1/2″
Weight: 10.3 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: The origin of this wood is rather self-descriptive: Indian. This variety is lighter than other rosewoods though. Still it has a tight grain, dark brown (almost black) color.

 

Crossbones SpectraPly CF-TR-X

 

Length: 14″
Weight: 11.8 ounces
Price: $315.00
Description: Please read the description of the X above. This is an extra powerful lever with more leverage and control.

 

Acacia CF-TR

Length: 11 1/4″
Weight: 10.1 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: This variety of acacia comes from Australia. It’s a medium density wood, mostly gold in color with reddish sap streaks.

 

 

Spalted Western Maple CF-TR

Length: 11 1/4″
Weight: 9.6 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Spalting occurs when freshly felled wood leaches minerals from the ground. Maples are especially vulnerable to spalting. But the results are most interesting. Because spalted wood is a bit softer, I treated the wood with Min Wax wood hardener. This give the wood a very tough ‘skin’.

 

Spalted Western Maple CF-TR

Length: 11 5/8″
Weight: 10.0 ounces
Price: SOLD
Description: Please read my above description of spalted wood. This has also been treated with a wood hardener. Check out the figure on the knob.

 

Birdseye Rock Maple CF-TR

Length: 12″
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Price: $295.00 (currently on loan to the PTG Foundation)
Description: This is high density rock maple with a combination of curl and birds eyes. It also have a greenish sap streak. Unique and excellent piece of wood. The knob diameter is 1.90″; so, if you have smaller hands, this will be very comfortable.

 

Burmese Padauk CF-TR

Length: 11 3/4″
Weight: 12.2 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: East Asian padauk known for its swirly grain and deep red color. A very dense wood.

Bubinga CF-TR

Length: 12″
Weight: 11.2 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Bubinga is an African wood. It has distinct color variations from gold to brown to a rose red color.

 

 

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