I’ve been using a NewOctave Global tuning hammer since I started tuning my pianos myself. While it works fine, the flex in the shaft means that precision movement of the tuning pins is difficult to achieve. And because I am still learning the finer nuances of hammer technique, each tuning takes me quite some time. A temperament or stretch style change takes about three hours, while a maintenance tuning takes about 2 hours.
After reading about how the Fujan CarbonTube hammer can increase tuning precision and save some time, I decided to dig deep into the pocket to get one.
I ordered the 11″ hammer with a 15° head, 5/8″ tip extension, Watanabe #1, #2, and #3 tips, and a tip wrench. I rationalize away the cost of the hammer by amortizing it over the life of the hammer (which is a lifetime).