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The Largest Piano Tuning and Service Organization in the Western United States Exceeding Your Expectations Since 1976

  • An association of piano technicians, working under the guidance of Shawn Skylark, a highly acclaimed concert tuner with over 36 years of experience
  • The only piano service to offer a money-back, 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Whatever type of piano you have, whatever level of service you require, we have the right technician for you!
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Voicing

What is voicing?

Simple answer: Voicing refers to the tone quality, which is often described with words like bright or mellow. It can be adjusted more than most people realize, but is not generally changed simply with tuning. Not all tuners are skilled at this complex art.

More details: This is the most important and least understood area of piano service. Even after the piano is tuned and all the strings are producing the correct pitch; even after the action is adjusted so that the keys function flawlessly, the instrument can still sound terrible. Why? Because the hammers that hit the strings can produce a tone that is sweet and clear, or harsh and bright, depending on how hard they are. A hard and brittle hammer will produce a harsh and thin tone, while a soft hammer will fail to produce any power or sparkle.

Does your piano sound uneven, with some notes noticeably harsher than others? Does it sound dull and muted? Even though there are 88 notes, each one should "sing" as if it was produced by the same singer, with the same "voice," or tone. Many otherwise competent technicians are not adequately trained in this skill.

First, an experienced voicer will listen to the overall tone to see if it can be improved throughout, or just needs touching up in spots. Then he or she needs to understand why the tone is the way it is. Do the hammers need to be fit better to the strings? Does the felt need to be manipulated in spots to open up or mellow out the tone? Do the hammers need to be filed, so that the "dead" layers of felt will not interfere with the sound?

Even the humblest of pianos can be improved with voicing, and often it does not take very much time at all, and can be very inexpensive, with a huge benefit in improved sound. And the finest, high end instruments can never achieve their true potential unless they are being serviced by a technician who is trained in the art of voicing.

The tone of my piano is very harsh and bright, (or dull and "muted"). Can this be adjusted?

Almost always. That is what voicing is all about, and often at very little additional cost.

We Specialize in:
  • Bosendorfer
  • Steinway
  • Petrof
  • Schimmel
  • Yamaha