Tuning Tools

Ref. 84xx
Tuning hammers


These are modelled on an antique hammer that I own, and are, like the original a delight to use. The handle is usually Rio rosewood, and strikers and shaft are bronze. i make handles in 2 lengths and shanks in 3 lengths; for piano pins the shank is heavier and of intermediate length, or very short (35mm) with the shank offset in the handle giving increased leverage and control without the danger of bending pins that can occur when using a lever. i have found this helpful when tuning the treble of virginals and square pianos, where the lid gets in the way.

Ebony or blackwood 'tulip' pattern levers Ref. 163, 164 with a silver steel shaft threaded for Steinway pattern tuning heads are available for the discerning piano tuner
(usually to special order).

Ref. 163
Modern piano tuners' lever – tulip pattern, nice to hold;
Steinway threaded
Handle is 140mm long,  total 235mm.

Ref. 164

Longer version of Ref. 163 for those of a weak disposition or for 'after the night before'.
Handle is 190mm long, total 295mm

Ref. 172

Toning needle holder This uses a single needle.
Good in restricted spaces.
Ref. 201.xx
Double head, Steinway pattern

Ref. 218
Aluminium T-hammer handle

Ref. 219.xx
Hardened shank for ref. 218 handle, all sizes

Tuner's emergency kit.
All you need – you can fit the handle and several different sized shafts into a mobile phone pouch or similar. Your turning gear won't spoil the lines of the dinner suit!