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Roberts Pianos

87 St Clements Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1AR
England

We have been moving pianos since 1980 and offer a fully insured piano removal service, moving millions of pounds worth of pianos each year. Official ...

Courtney Pianos

43 Botley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 OBN
England

We are specialists retailer of traditional pianos - particularly the better-known makes/models built between the 1890s and 1940s. Based in Oxford, our...

Roberts Pianos (Oxford)

87, St. Clements St
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1AR
England

We stock over 100 top quality new, modern and traditional grand,
baby grand and upright pianos.

OUR HISTORY
The Roberts family ...

Leon Maciocia BSc ALCM DipABRSM


Headingtom
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 7DN
England

Friendly, experienced and qualified.
Member of European Piano Teachers Association.
All ages and levels.
Also tuition in Theory of Music and ...

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Did You Know Piano Facts

What is Piano Voicing or Toning?

What is voicing?

Voicing is an extremely difficult area. It's subjective in the extreme, and has caused endless discussion in piano maintenance circles. But the final goal of voicing is to have the hammers striking the notes of the piano to offer a uniform sound from the bottom to the top of the instrument. Goes without saying that evaluating this capability is governed by the capability of the piano, and the construction of the action parts. But, often a technician will find extremes in voicing, such as a particularly hard hammer, which may result in a note sounding louder than the rest. But, this too can be laid at the door of regulation. This is where the tuner's skill comes into play here. Voicing can be accomplished by pricking the hammer with a set of needles. This pricking changes the structure of the felt, and softens the hammer to a degree.

What is toning?

This is the reverse of voicing, and accomplishes the inverse sort of thing. May be necessary to bring up a particularly soft sounding hammer, and bring it into line with its neighbours. This is accomplished by applying a special material to the hammers or ironing with a special tool.