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 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 yr 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.
Wood specie: Redheart Length: 12 1/4″ Weight: 7.6 oz Price: SOLD Description: This is 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. Redheart is found mostly in Central America. Bright apple red coloring.
Amboyna Burl CF-TR
Wood species: Amboyna burl Length: 12 1/4″ Weight: 11.9 ounces Price: $425.00 Description: Red amboyna burl is a costly and rare wood coming from Indonesia. It’s a dense wood with colorful swirls. The other side of this handle is equally beautiful with red curls.
Wood species: Chechen Length: 12 1/4″ Weight: 8.3 ounces Price: $340.00 Description: Chechen is a favorite furniture wood from South America. The photo above is a bit overly light. The real color is gold, yellow, and brown.
Western Maple CF-LITE
Wood: Western maple Length: 12″ Weight: 8.7 ounces Price: SOLD Description: Westen long leaf maple. The photo above is slightly washed out because of my shop lights, but the real color is a light tan.
Carpathian Elm CF-LITE
Wood: Carpathian elm Length: 12 5/8″ Weight: 8.4 ounces Price: $340.00 Description: Carpathian elm is frequently used for paneling veneer in expensive cars. There are a few burls on the ball end. The wood grows in America as well as in Europe.
Wood: Andira Length: 12″ Weight: 10.7 ounces Price: $357.00 Description: Andira is also known as partridgewood. Found mostly in South America. The jagged grain is a characteristic feature of these woods.
Western Maple CF-LITE #1
Wood: Curly Western maple Length: 12″ Weight: 7.0 ounces Price: $340.00 Description: At 7 ounces, this is about as light weight as it comes. Plus, look at all the brilliant colors.
Curly Western Maple CF-LITE #2
Wood: Western culy maple Length: 12″ Weight: 7.0 ounces Price:$340.00 Description: This is the other half of the above maple blank. Again, very light and lots of colorful figurations.
Gmelina Burl CF-LITE
Wood: Gmelina burl Length: 12 3/8″ Weight: 8.7 ounces Price: $355.00 Description: Gmelina wood comes from Southeast Asia. It’s very dense. Most notable are the dark bark inclusions.The knob on the end is smaller than usual due to the size of the original wood blank.
Wood: Montouchi Length: 12″ Weight: 10.5 ounces Price: SOLD Description: Montouchi is a native wood from both Surinam and Guyana in the NE corner of South America. The core wood can range from maroon red to red/orange.
Wood specie: Redheart Length: 11 7/” Weight: 6.7 ounces Price: SOLD Description: Redheart is native to Southern California and Baja. This piece has a distinctive knot in the middle of the ball end. The small knot was stabilized with a CA glue filler.
Wood specie: Western maple and amboyna burl Length: 12 1/4″ Weight: 8.7 ounces Price: SOLD Description: A combination of two very distinct woods. The amboyna burl knob was a cutoff from another project. This burl is so rare and expensive that I couldn’t waste it.
Wood specie: Bihlwara
Length: 12 1/4″ Weight: 8.3 ounces Price: $340.00 Description: Bihlwara comes from SE Asia. It’s used frequently for flooring due to its rot resistance.