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Voicing Your Piano

A piano also periodically requires a service called "voicing" which entails changing the tone of specific notes or groups of notes. To prepare for voicing the hammers must be shaped and the piano must be in fair regulation. Then the hammers need to be fitted to the strings and the strings leveled. Often these preparation steps will solve the tone problems.

The voicing process can include the jabbing of needles into the hammer felt to change the tone of the hammers. The process can also include treating the hammers with a liquid to soften or another liquid to harden the hammer.

Note: I often run into customers who want their new piano voiced because it is too loud, harsh or bright for the room. I often suggest that they try putting more sound absorbing materials in the room such as a rug underneath the grand piano. Another suggestion is to wait for at least six months before having any voicing done as you may begin to appreciate the bright tone. Needle voicing procedures can be long lasting, so take some time to explore the sound of a new instrument before deciding to change it.

Benefits of voicing your piano:

  • The tone quality of your piano is consistent throughout the scale
  • It improves the dynamic range of your piano (cleaner sound in loud and soft passages)
  • The piano is kept in top performance condition

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