The Kestrel 4 Ounce Tuning Lever
Please view the video above for a detailed information.
Each lever will be made to order, on a first come first served basis. Actual lead time will depend on current demand, but we will do our best to keep it under 3 weeks. Pro models take longer to produce due to the hydro dipping and epoxy finishing and polishing. For each production run, the number of orders we can accept will be limited. If this item is showing as "Out of Stock," it means we are temporarily not accepting orders because we are gearing up for the next run while getting the current run out to customers.
When ordering, be sure to select your tip (40mm, 30mm, 20mm or NONE). We offer the option to purchase without a tip because we know some people already have the Jahn tips with the male threaded stud, and would prefer not to pay for something they already have.
The total length of the Kestrel is approximately 11 inches. If you want a different length, please enter a note in the box during checkout. The maximum length we are willing to produce at this time is 12 inches (it's a Kestrel, not a Condor - if you're looking for a breaker bar for super tight tuning pins, this isn't the tool for that job). Keep in mind that if we offer a carrying case or storage bag in the future, it will be made to fit the standard 11 inch length.
Actual weight can vary slightly, and the Pro models may be about a tenth of an ounce heavier due to the epoxy finish.
11" lever with 20mm tip: 3.9 ounces
11" lever with 30mm tip: 4.3 ounces
11" lever with 40mm tip: 4.7 ounces
Ball handle diameter = 52mm
Carbon fiber tube shaft diameter = 22mm
Head is 15 degrees (but downward offset of ball lowers the point of applied force, making it effectively a 12 degree lever).
Difference between Student and Pro:
The difference is basically cosmetic. The Student model has a black plastic ball handle, and the carbon fiber tube has a slight texture, which is typical for unfinished CF tubing.
The Pro model has a hydro-dipped ball handle (burl wood pattern), and the CF tube and ball handle have a gloss epoxy finish.
Answers to Common Questions:
Q: Will you offer 12.5, 10, 7.5 or 5 degree heads in the future?
A: Maybe, but if we do, it will be reluctantly. Using a low degree head usually results in having to use longer tips or tip extensions to overcome the clearance issues produced by the small head angle. This just makes the tool heavier and less responsive, while elevating the grip hand, which means the desired reduction in flagpole forces (the whole reason small angles SEEM like a good idea) is lost. We hope to produce a video in the future to demonstrate this more clearly.
Q: Does the hydro-dipped burl wood pattern really look like wood?
A: Yes, it's quite stunning, as the hydrographic film is a photo reproduction of real wood grain. Everyone who has seen the prototype in person thought it was wood.
We will add more Q & A later on....