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I used to own the Schaff kind with the sliding weight, I sold it off because it could not develop enough impact to deal with some exceedingly stiff new Asian pinblocks I was encountering.

These days I'm having a lot of problems with more very tight Asian pinblocks from different mfgrs, and I'm developing some physical problems because of it. I'm thinking maybe a 2 lever technique where I rough it with a regular lever (extended) then tap it to perfection with an impact lever.

So it seems that the Schaff model is still available, and I see that Reyburn has one too, but it's not adjustable and I'm betting it's no good with these ultra-tight pinblocks.

Are there any alternatives these days that might be better able to deal with 200+ pounds torque??

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I know Mike Swenson in Calgary makes them and so does Joe Goss www.mothergoosetools.com


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Brian,

I don't see any impact levers on the Mother Goose website, just his usual lever. Am I missing it? What page is it on?

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I invented my 'TCHAMMER' to combine the atributes of a " WODDEN HANDLE, A BALL HANDLE AND AN IMPACT HAMMER" . I have to tune a lot of new Chineese pianos and I have found this hammer with its weight in the ball and its length to be quite effective in handeling those tight pinblocks. You can see more information if you visit my webpage
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Tom - does the brass weight in the ball move or is it stationary?



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Tom,

I looked at your site and tried to digest the design concept.

As it happens, I have a little-used lever I call "Iron Mike" that in the past I used to persuade obstinate pianos and frighten off street thugs. It's a one piece steel lever with a lot of weight concentrated at the handle end. Are you familar with it? However since it is cold steel and not ergonomically shaped it is uncomfortable and I gave it up.

But what I will do is try it again on some bad boy pianos and see what I think about the control issue and shoulder/arm/back pain, ignoring the uncomfortable grip.

If I feel I'm getting something better than what I get with my Jahn lever then maybe I'll see about a TC Hammer.

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The brass weight is stationary. But if you rest the heel of you hand against the ball then the balance point is inbetween your ring and index finger. The TCHAMMER is designed to have power warmpth and fine control. I too have one of those IRON MIKE hammers. and I use it now only when I have an IMPOSSIBLE piano to tune. I did get some of my ideas for the t


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The brass weight is stationary. But if you rest the heel of you hand against the ball then the balance point is inbetween your ring and index finger. The TCHAMMER is designed to have power, warmpth, and fine control. I too have one of those IRON MIKE hammers. and I use it now only when I have an IMPOSSIBLE piano to tune. I did get some of my ideas for the TCHAMMER from using the IRON MIKE hammer extensivley .


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Hi Tom,

Well I did have a nearly impossible one today (and I have such quite frequently). I unearthed Iron Mike for half the tuning. Flexed the shaft actually, that's how tight they were. Then I went back to the Jahn (extended). Had more control, speed and hand comfort with the Jahn. As far as muscle pain goes they were about the same. When they are that tight, I don't know how far the mechanical advantage of the heavy handle takes you.

In less tight pianos I can see where your model might give more advantage- but I'm not really having problems in the less tight ones. The ones I am dealing with I actually fear will shear off a tuning pin.

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Let me know when you shear of a tuning pin. I think you will need sombody to talk with. help


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