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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. 

 

 

Masur Birch CF-TR

 

Wood specie: Masur birch
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 10.9 oz
Price: $377.00
Description: Masur comes from the dual regions of Finland and Western Russia. This wood has a rich perplexity of bore insect markings. 

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.

South American Ironwood CF-TR

 

Wood species: SA ironwood
Length: 11 1/8″
Weight: 12.9 ounces
Price: $357.00
Description: I acquired this ironwood about 15 years ago. The wood is dense and, of course, heavy. For those of you who prefer a shorter lever, this is the one. 

 

Sapele CF-3

 

Wood: Quilted sapele
Length: 13″
Weight: 10.8 ounces
Price: $367.00
Description: Sapele is of African origin. It’s a medium density wood. The quilted features make this a superior cut. 

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. 

Bog Oak CF-TR

 

Wood: Bog oak
Length: 11 7/8″
Weight: 10.9 ounces
Price: $367.00
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. 

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
Price:$357.00
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. 

Karelian Birch  CF-TR

 

Wood: Karelian birch
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Price: $377.00
Description: Karelian birch is just another appellation for masur birch. But, since the supplier called it that, I feel obligated to follow. What a beauty! There is no ‘bad’ side to this handle. The block was cut directly from the core of the tree, so the end of the handle looks like a kaleidoscope. 

 

Bog Oak CF-TR #2

Wood: Bog Oak
Length: 12 1/4″
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Price: $367.00
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. 

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