The voicing of Steinway pianos is adjusted to the personal preference for our customers . Even though our pianos are tuned to a 440 pitch, some pianists prefer a mellow sound while others like a brighter tone. Over time, all pianos acquire a brighter tone. Every two or three years a piano should be voiced. A uniform tone throughout the keyboard is accomplished by the voicing process. With the use of special tools, the hammer felts’ resiliency is adjusted. Every note is balanced. Only professional piano technicians possessing the special skills needed should perform the task. The hammers of Steinway pianos undergo a juicing and careful shaping process, to make the tone consistent throughout the scale.
Some people mistake piano tuning and voicing as being the same process . Actually, the piano’s tone is in part based on the quality of the felt covering of the hammers which strike the strings. With much playing , this felt becomes compressed and hard and the strings cut into the surface. The projecting tonal quality will then be fairly harsh and “bright”.
In the process the resiliency of tile hammer felts is adjusted with special tools and then all notes are balanced so that the tone is uniform throughout the keyboard. This is obviously a job which demands special skills and should be attempted only by a professional piano technician specially trained on Steinway pianos.The pitch is not affected when the tone is changed. A good comparison is turning the treble and bass knobs on a stereo. The tone changes, but the notes are not altered. Skilled piano technicians are able to change the personality of the tone to be mellow, bright, robust, or delicate. The Steinway piano hand built design allows a good degree of modification to the player’s taste.
Steinway pianos are truly unique in tone among pianos that are of the same size and model. All pianos should have a tone range that expands from sweet and soft to bright and loud. From lowest to highest, the tone should be even. Most importantly, it should be musical.
Trained technicians of The Piano Store can regulate the evenness that has varied due to the use of the piano. The way a piano is used determines how often it needs to be regulated. A concert piano should be regulated before each performance.
Piano regulation is done by adjusting a piano’s mechanical aspects to compensate for changes caused by wear. Buckskin, felt, and cloth used in piano construction compacts and settles. Humidity causes dimensional changes in wool and wood parts.
The damper system, the trap work, and the action are involved in regulation. Action transfers finger motion on keys to hammers that strike strings. The assemblage of springs, dowels, and levers is the trap work. It connects pedals to the action. The mechanical part that stops string vibration when keys are released is the damper system. The pedal and keys control the system.
Piano Case Finish Care
Pianos are showpieces in most homes. Dust is abrasive and can scratch the finish. Dust and fingerprints are wiped away with clean cheese cloth or soft cotton flannel cloth that is slightly dampened by plain water. Lightly dusting with a feather dust can also be done. Coarse synthetic fabric can also scratch the finish. If a damp cloth is used, follow immediately with a dry cloth. An unattractive build-up results when the instrument is waxed. This must be professionally removed, and is therefore, not recommended. Both white and black keys should be cleaned with a lightly dampened cloth. Moisture should be kept from the key sides.
The Piano Store pianos have a variety of finishes. Traditional had rubbed lacquer, polyester resins, and modern polyurethane are used. The finish is designed as protection for the wood from liquid spills and dirt. Reducing the humidity effects is another function the finish serves. Clear finishes enhance the wood’s beauty.