After a piano is properly tuned, a technique known as 'voicing' can be used to drastically change and improve the tone
of the instrument. An excessively bright tone can be mellowed, eliminating harshness. Likewise, if the tone is too mellow, the notes
will not 'sing'. The correct balance throughout the 8 octave range from the bass to the treble will give a well-rounded sound that is
full and expressive.
In voicing, old worn hammers are first filed and reshaped to their original teardrop shape, eliminating old grooves and
string-cuts, so that the hammer strikes the string with clean felt.
The hammers are then aligned to the strings so that they strike correctly, with full force. (If you have a Grand Piano,
the soft (left) pedal will not work properly unless the hammers are properly aligned to the strings.)
Finally, the hammers are 'needled' (if needed), to soften the felt and eliminate excessive brightness and harshness.
Additionally, it may be necessary to harden the hammers if they are too soft, using chemical solutions.
Our voicing prices range from approximately $150 to $400.
Keep in mind that the piano must be tuned before voicing is done.