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The Stewart Piano Tuning Hammer PTH-5-1
#2860272 06/19/19 02:05 AM
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What do you think of this design? Maybe someone already has such a tuning hammer?

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Re: The Stewart Piano Tuning Hammer PTH-5-1
Vlad Ants #2860347 06/19/19 08:45 AM
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It looks to be beautifully engineered. It's nice to see how much thought has gone into this crucial tool of the trade in recent years, with the Fujan carbon fiber, the Levitan C Lever etc.

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Vlad Ants #2860349 06/19/19 08:51 AM
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I've been very tempted...

I'm not sure how it would match my style of gripping the lever; I find myself moving along the length depending on pin tightness and other factors rather than just holding at the end.

I did get one of his tuning lever tips and it is beautifully made, though I'm not really picky about the tip/pin fit.

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Personally, I think a bit too much "stock" gets put into the actual lever itself. I have learned that I can tune with any lever. It's not the lever...its me (unless the tip is truly trash and the lever very sloppy). I can feel the pin move with all of my hammers.

Currently I use a Fujan to which I have actually added weight to the ball end, and almost completely taped up the handle with a nice "grippy" tennis grip material.

Both the Fujan and this one here suffer from the same issue which is the large tip end which obscures (to some degree) ones view of the next tuning pin(s). That is a SLIGHT impediment to speed in tuning, but not enough to lose sleep over. They both say that it is necessary to preserve the stiffness factor, which I believe to be true. I have adapted to it. I'm a big boy...I can handle it.

I don't think I'll be buying o be of these. I can tune with a gooseneck if I have to.

Pwg

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I am with Peter on this.

I do own a Faulk hammer and I love it. The Stewart looks like it has no angle between the head and the handle. On some grands with tall struts I wonder if clearance problems might arise.


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Vlad Ants #2860411 06/19/19 11:39 AM
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The Titanium Torque Shaft projects 1 inch from the handle at a 5 degree angle. It says here http://www.kineoptics.com/stewartpth.html

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I used the popular APSCO nylon extension lever for a while, then a full size Schaff Rosewood (non-extension) lever, and now a compact Rosewood lever. I also have a really small wood lever another technician gave me which he made.

I much prefer small levers so something like this usually wouldn’t appeal to me, but I think it looks really appealing.

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I too wish my Fujan was about an inch or two shorter for various reasons, but I like it.

The only other hammer I have tried that tempted me to change was the Reyburn Cyber hammer (the stiff one with the ball on the end). I have to admit it was REALLY nice, but I had to walk away from it since I had recently bought my Fujan. Enough is enough (if you know what I mean).

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I use a Schaff extension hammer with either a #2 or #1 tip, with separate heads so I do not have to fight when I need to change them. I think that #1 tips are not available any longer. I better guard mine. They are the best thing for tight quarters.


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It looks beautiful and well made.

But, I'm accustomed to my hammer. I'm still using the original hammer I bought as a student in 1978. It's either a Hale or a Schaff extension lever with a walnut handle.


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Re: The Stewart Piano Tuning Hammer PTH-5-1
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Originally Posted by Vlad Ants
The Titanium Torque Shaft projects 1 inch from the handle at a 5 degree angle. It says here http://www.kineoptics.com/stewartpth.html


I could see the 5 degree angle after you mentioned it.

I intend to stick with my Faulk hammer. The guy finds the most beautiful wood for his handles, and my hands are not fatigued after a day of tuning.


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I use my Fujan for grands and alternate between it and Cyberhammer for verticals. Love both levers.


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I just wanted to update: I was wrong about the #1 tips. They are still available.


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