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Finest Piano Tuning Hammers

These piano tuning hammers will last a lifetime . . .
Best Value for your dollar.

Piano tuning levers, or piano tuning hammers as they are usually called (why they ever got to be called "hammers", I will never know - you certainly do not want to use them as a hammer) are constructed of three main parts:

  • The Handle - this is usually made out of hardwood or nylon. Some handles also have an extension feature that is very useful, especially when you encounter very tight tuning pins. You can adjust the length of the handle to give you more leverage. What a saving on the old arm!

tuning hammer

The tuning lever pictured above is the student model. This is a very basic tuning hammer . . . oops! there I go calling it a hammer again. Oh well, it is hard to break tradition. Anyway, this lever has a one-piece head & tip that is non-replaceable. It is the best choice for beginners who are not sure if they wish to invest in a more professional model until they decide that this would be a great career. So, here is an inexpensive way to "get your feet wet" in the field of piano technology.

Before I go on to discuss other models of piano tuning hammers, I would like to show you the other parts of a tuning lever.

  • The Tuning Lever Head
tuning hammer head

The tuning lever head, pictured above, comes in various lengths. As well, the handle can be screwed into the head at an angle of 5 degrees or 15 degrees. The different lengths and angles are useful when you need clearance for the handle so that it does not rub against the lid of the piano. Some lids protrude further than others and so you need to select a length & angle of head that will make it possible to position your piano tuning hammer free of any obstructions.

Many technicians also use an extra long head & tip, about 5" long combined, when tuning the high treble on a grand piano. This gives clearance for the handle to extend over top of the piano rim. Otherwise, you end up in a rather awkward position trying to position the handle pointing away from you so that it does not hit the inside of the grand piano rim.

  • The Tuning Lever Tip
tuning hammer tip

Above, you will see a picture of a tuning hammer tip. This part screws on to the head and is available in various sizes. A #1 star tip fits best on 1/0 tuning pins; #2 star tip on 2/0 tuning pins, etc. You will notice the star shape at the opening of the tip.

Even though tuning pins have square ends, the star shape permits you to set the tuning hammer in the best position. You want the tuning lever to be positioned nearly vertical or inclining slightly to the right. This is not always possible with piano tuning hammers that have a square opening.


Craftsman Tuning Lever

This is a Craftsman Tuning Lever. It is the same as the Student Lever except it has a removable tip. This is useful if you expect to be tuning pianos with various size tuning pins. You can change the tip as necessary. Most pianos have 2/0 tuning pins so the most common tip that you will use is the #2 star tip.


Nylon Handle Tuning Hammer

The difference with this tuning hammer is that it has a nylon handle. This handle is very durable and comfortable to hold. I have personally been using a nylon handle for the past 30 years & it is still as good as new.


Professional Tuning Hammer

The tuning lever pictured above is really the best option when selecting a professional model. It has the extension feature that I mentioned before. It also is available with a nylon handle or if you really want to go all the way, you can get a tuning hammer with a Rosewood Handle.



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