Every piano has its own unique voice, also called tone quality. The voice is the result of the piano’s design and craftsmanship. The mass, shape, and density of its hammers affect the instrument’s tone quality and tonal responsiveness. Most piano owners aren’t aware that the voice of their piano can easily be tailored to suit their taste by a registered piano technician.
Piano voicing is the process of adjusting the piano’s quality of sound. A professional can subdue a bright tone and brighten a mellow tone by modifying the firmness of the hammers. However, the tone can only be changed to a certain extent. Skill and experience are crucial but factors such as design and regular maintenance also affect the extent in which you can modify a piano’s tonal quality. Even when a piano sounds perfectly in tune, it can still carry an uneven tone. Every piano needs occasional piano voicing to maintain its best sound all year round.
Before voicing can take place, a piano must be professionally tuned
and regulated. Owners then need to determine the tonal quality they desire. Voicing procedures are long-lasting; hence, we always recommend our clients to explore their instrument’s sound before having it changed.