Voicing: The felt hammers of the piano tend to harden over time, as the felt becomes compressed by repeated impact. They also form grooves at the points of contact with the strings. Harder hammers produce a brighter tone quality, which may ultimately become harsh and undesirable.
Your piano may benefit from voicing if:
- Your piano sounds different than when you purchased it
- You don’t like the sound even after it has been tuned
- Tone varies radically from note to note
- The piano has lost its ability to play softly
A piano’s tone changes with use. As the hammers wear and compact, the tone often becomes too bright and harsh, robbing the pianist of the ability to produce a sweet, delicate sound. As parts wear, the action becomes uneven – not accurately transmitting motion from the fingers to the hammers – and the pianist loses control over volume and tone.
Piano owners are not always aware that tone can be customized to their own taste and room acoustics, and corrected for deterioration and age. If the only service your piano has received is tuning, the sound can likely be improved by voicing.