Symptoms for when you should regulate your piano:
- Keys do not play.
- Keys are slow to return.
- Keys do not have fast repetition.
- When you have difficulty playing soft.
- When you have difficulty playing loud.
- When some keys feel different than others.
What is voicing?
Voicing is a procedure that makes the tone even from note to note and from section to section. Voicing is done by changing the density of the hammer to implement a certain tone.
When does my piano need rebuilding?
- When the piano is not able to hold a tuning for long periods of time.
- When the soundboard has 2 or more cracks.
- If the ribs are separate form the soundboard resulting in soundboard buzzes.
- When the strings are rusty and have no tonal quality.
- When the action does not respond to adjustments.
What is Tuning?
A piano is tuned by adjusting the tension of the strings so that the harmonics are properly lined up.
How often should I have my piano tuned?
A piano less than two years old should be tuned 3-4 times a year depending on the humidity control. A piano older than 2 years old should be tuned 2-4 times a year depending on the humidity control.
What is Regulation?
In order for the sound on a piano the to be uniform all of the parts must move efficiently from one key to the next. Regulation is the adjustment of the action parts to allow for uniform movement from key to key. Regulation should be preformed approximately every 5 years but can vary based on the amount of play. If your piano is played on a regular basis you may find the need to have the regulation worked on more frequently. Voicing is often performed at the same time as the regulation.