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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Spalted Maple  CF-TR

 

Wood specie: Spalted western maple
Length: 12 ”
Weight: 9.9 oz
Price: $295.00
Description: Beautiful spalted lines with rich red coloration on the knob.

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.

Poplar and Bocote CF-TR


Wood specie: Poplar and bocote
Length: 12″
Weight: 10.6 oz
Price: $295.00
Description: A pairing of two woods with similar colors. Poplar is both a compliment and a contrast to the gold and green colors in the South American bocote. The bocote has a “wild” grain figure. Great combination.

Western Maple CF-TR

 

Wood species: Western maple
Length: 11 3/4″
Weight: 10.9 oz
Price: $295.00
Description: This was part of a billet with deep reds and green coloring.

Zebrawood CF-TR

 

Wood species: Zebrawood
Length: 11 3/8″
Weight: 10.2 oz
Price: $295
Description: Vintage zebrano wood. This is a shorter lever for those who prefer a compact length.

Georgia Pine CF-TR-X

 

Wood species: Georgia pine
Length: 14″
Weight: 12.6 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. The Georgia pine is over 100 years old, recovered from the old Whitehall textile mill in Baltimore, MD. My thanks to Ben Frock for sending this to me.

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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Royal Camo SpectraPly CF-TR

 

Length: 12″
Weight: 10.5 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Another excellent product from the Cousineau company in Maine. The composite is made with dyed birch veneers glued into a block. Besides the brilliant colors, the chief asset of this material is its stability … no splits or checks.

Birdseye Maple CF-TR

Length: 11 3/4″”
Weight: 11.0 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: This handle has birdseye spots, curl, and a beautiful sap design on the knob.

 

Spalted Maple #2 CF-TR

 

Length: 12″
Weight: 9.9 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: More beautiful spalting with rich sap color. Quite a gem!

 

 

Walnut/Oak/Zebrawood CF-TR

 

Length: 11 3/4″
Weight: 10.9 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Rather than throwing out exceptional pieces of walnut and zebrawood, it’s always fun to do a ‘glue-up’ and make a bit of art from the undersized blocks. This is a gorgeous blend of three contrasting woods. Nice, huh?

Birdseye Rock Maple CF-TR

Length: 12″
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Price: $295.00
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.

Sapele CF-TR

Length: 12″
Weight: 11.5 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: This handle is my own version of a calabash design. It was very common in the early 20th century. Sapele is a South American wood often used for flooring and tool handles. The grain resembles mahogany.

Satinwood CF-TRX

Length: 13 1/2″
Weight: 11.9 ounces
Price: $315.00
Description: The CF-TRX is an extended length tuning lever reinforced with a sleeve of carbon fiber in the handle core. The extra length gives you surprising control over tuning pins; and, of course, maximal leverage.

Ambrosia Maple CF-TR

Length: 12″
Weight: 10.7 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Ambrosia maple is created by the infestation of the ambrosia beetle. The beetle enters the tree and leaves a fungus that stains the wood. The result is a vivid outline of amber with an earth green color inside. The black dots are the filled remnants of the beetle’s bore into the tree. You should see the other side!

 

Carpathian Elm CF-TR

 

Length: 12″
Weight: 9.9 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Carpathian elm from California. Lots of swirls and grain variation.

Redheart CF-TR

Length: 12″
Weight: 10.7 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: Redheart is a specie prominent in Central America. The core wood is a natural maroon red, and the wood has a density similar to maple.

 

Myrtle (dyed) CF-TR

 

Length: 12 1/4″”
Weight: 10.3 ounces
Price: $295.00
Description: This is a well figured myrtle wood with contrasting halves. I decided to dye the woo a “merlot” color … like red wine. You can still see the myrtle grain and the light/dark contrasts. Again the handle shape is designed to accentuate the ball shape on the end.

Teak CF-TR

 

Length: 11 3/4″
Weight: 10.1 oz
Price: $295.00
Description : Teak is used frequently for decking due to its resistance to wood rot. This handle will darken with age and sun exposure.

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