I recently decided that I was going to start tuning my own piano, mainly to save money as it is expensive to have someone else do it. But to be honest, I really don't know that much about it. I know how to play quite well, and thats about all I know about pianos. I've never even seen my own piano being tuned (I'm 18, been playing since I was 3.. my mom always took care of that, I just happened to never be home when the time came I guess). So I read an online tutorial, figured out what I needed, and how to do it, and I ordered the supplies. well today I went to tune it for the first time, and it was going fine, I had no problems at all. then about half way through, my tuning hammer totally stripped. And it actually started cracking in like 4 places. I think the problem is, it wasn't a great quality hammer. And I should have sent it back as soon as it came, it looked like it had been used and it was supposed to be new. But I was too excited I guess and figured "as long as it works". Here is the tuning hammer I purchased
Now what my problem is, is I don't really have the money to go out and spend a lot of money on getting a new, better quality one.. I have been looking around for hours to see if I can just replace the head, as it is removeable, and all I found were star shaped heads, and I need a square head (I think..)or if there are any suggestions on where I can find a new one that will at least last me a while for cheap. As long as it gets the job done, that is all I am worried about at the moment. But what I don't understand is, what is the difference between a square head and a star head (well obviously one is square and one is a star) but I read somewhere that if your tuning pins are square shaped, then you need a square head. I read somewhere else that a star head will work for either one. I read somewhere else that all tuning pins are star shaped.. So you could say I'm quite confused.
"I read somewhere else that all tuning pins are star shaped" - I meant to say I read that they are all square shaped