Piano Voicing Tools
There are several techniques in using the Piano voicing tool, the first most basic technique is the needle voicing tool. Deep Shoulder needling in a piano the sides of the hammer are the shoulders. You poke very gently the Hammer head on side then the other (shoulders). You will want to walk the voicing tool which means you will poke the front side of the hammerhead and you will do it about 5-6 times across the width of the hammer and you will repeat on the backside.
Another technique is by making a sloppy intrusion with the needles right in between where the three strings marks are on the hammer head. You want to be very careful where exactly you put the needles because it makes a huge difference, you can do two pokes if it’s not enough voicing.
We have various models of Piano Hammer Voicing Tool with pear shape hardwood handle. It has 3 or 4 Replaceable Needles, it has set screws to hold the needles in place. Depending on your voicing technique you can remove the needles and work with the ones you need. If you want to shorten them, you take the needles out and cut them using a wire nipper to the length that you want. Best for when working upright pianos and vertical pianos. It’s smaller and gives more clearance when working with a vertical piano.
Piano Hammer Voicing Tool Adjustable. It has 3 different positions, you can adjust it and tighten it down and put it in a partial angle and if you are working with upright pianos you can put it in a full angle.
If you want to make the tone better you will be working from the top center of the hammer to the front.
Piano Hammer Voicing Tool which is designed to be used with the Piano Combination Handle. The handle in this one is a little bit longer and heavier. It has the same adjustments as hardwood pear shape handle. The only difference with this one is the handle, the voicing tool is the same.
Piano Single Needle Voicing Tool is designed to be able to fit down between the strings of a grand piano and poke into the hammer. It’s a really good tool to have if you are doing grand piano voicing because you don’t need to take out the whole action, you can actually do the voicing with the piano action in the piano.
You poke very gently the Hammer head on side then the other (shoulders). You will want to walk the voicing tool which means you will poke the front side of the hammerhead and you will do it about 5-6 times across the width of the hammer and you will repeat on the backside.
There is a little know at the end and that is used to loosen or tighten the set screw that holds the needle in place. The Needle is Replaceable.
Hammer voicing rest blocks for when you are doing grand voicing. There’s a medium and a large one. They go underneath the back of the hammers to hold it in place that way you can put your voicing tool into the handle while the hammers are being supported by the rest blocks. Each one works the same, the larger one covers a larger amount of hammers.
Piano Hammer Head Smoothing Iron with handle is a manual one, requires you to heat the iron using a blowtorch or a lighter. It irons the felt to make a smoother more finished surface on your hammer.
Piano Brass Hammer Smoothing Iron without a handle is designed to be placed on a soldering iron. You just plug in the soldering iron and let it heat up.
If the hammers or to dull or dull sounding and they don’t have enough tone, you can use the Hammer head hardening solution. You apply the solution to the hammer, you let it dry. Then on the crown of the hammer you have to do a little poking with the voicing needle tool.
Article courtesy Gemm Piano Supply
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