What is piano voicing?

Do you find your piano’s sound too harsh or too muffled?

Toning or voicing is the fine adjustment of the sound of your piano, broadly speaking how bright or mellow it is. With careful work we can fine tune the attack of the hammers to give you full dynamic control, from pianissimo to fortissimo. 

Toning is one of the more rare and skilful elements of our work. We re-shape the hammers to correct wear, fit them accurately to the strings and finally adjust the tensile structure of the hammer by inserting needles at precise points. It may also involve treating the hammer to harden it if required. 

It is a common observation that some well-known and first class pianos from the Far East seem very bright & loud, they do not need to be. Most large-scale production pianos come from the factory “unvoiced” giving a neutral pallet for the pianist to work with their technician to obtain their preferred tone.  

Piano tone is subjective to an extent but there are some rules of thumb. A concert piano should be bright and powerful but never ‘clattering’ or ‘clanky’. Some C.19 Blüthner pianos were conceived as Salon pianos, to have a round unaggressive sound suitable for the drawing room.  

Most of all, the compass should be even in tonal response giving a neutral, homogenous pallet from which the pianist can create their own sound.

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