Your piano also may require periodic voicing. Voicing is the process of changing the quality of the tone that the piano produces. This can adjust the relative brilliance of a piano and provide an even gradation of volume and tone over the entire range of the keyboard. Voicing procedures may involve reshaping or filing the hammers, the use of needles on the hammer felt and/or the application of special softeners or hardeners in order to produce the best sound possible. You should discuss with your technician what changes in your piano’s tone are practical and together, decide what steps should be taken to effect these changes.
Although you may have your piano tuned regularly, you must specifically request regulation or voicing procedures. These procedures aren’t included in a normal tuning. It should also be noted that voicing can only be accomplished after a piano has been freshly tuned.
Hammer replacement is more common in institutions where the piano is heavily used. However older pianos in the home or heavily used pianos suffer the same wear but at different rates of time. The hammer would need to be replace because the felt is no longer workable.
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