Piano Tuning

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Pianos go out of tune primarily because of changes in humidity, so they should be tuned regularly. Typically I reccomend twice a year, when seasons change. The longer a piano is left out of tune, the more time and effort it will take to restore it to correct pitch. While there is no evidence that being out-of-tune permanently harms the piano itself, it awfully unpleasant to listen to.

Voicing

The felt hammers of the piano tend to harden over time.as well as forming grooves where they contact with the strings. Harder hammers produce a brighter tone quality, which may ultimately become harsh and undesirable. Hammers can be softened using special tools called voicing needles to ensure a uniform tone quality across the piano.

Regulation

Over time, the performance of a piano action tends to decline, due to the compression of felt, warping of wood, and other types of wear. The process of restoring an action to its optimal state, is called regulation.

Regulation involves making a range of adjustments from turning a small screw to sanding down a wood surface in order to make the piano's touch and sound consistent across all notes. This will allow it to achieve the widest possible dynamics range, and make the keys feel responsive to rapid or subtle motions of its player.Many new pianos are not perfectly regulated when released from the factory, or quickly lose their regulation when moved to their new home, and benefit from regulation in the home.