MINIMUM HOUSE CALL: (estimate or appraisal) – $55
(this fee is waived with any other service)
pricing is for local area only
Prices are subject to change without notice
- Verticals – $125
- Grands – $125
- Antiques – $350 & up
- Raising to pitch – $80 & up
- Installed – $105 each
- Grands – $100
- Drop Action Spinets – $95
- Uprights – $80
- Grand – $500 & up
- Upright – $300 & up
How often you play the piano, and the setting and preferences, factor how often to voice a piano. The goal is uniform tone quality across the piano.
The felt hammers of the piano tend to harden over time. The continuous impact causes the felt to become compressed. Hammers that harden turn out a brighter tone quality, which can become harsh and undesirable.
Piano technicians will soften hammers with special tools known as voicing needles.
The strings can eventually wear grooves into the surface of the hammers. Once the grooves become deep enough, voicing cannot restore the piano’s tone.
Technicians will file the hammers, restoring their original ovoid form. At the expense of making them somewhat smaller, this method could repeat many times.
Once there’s not enough felt left on the hammers they will need to be replaced.
Len Hess Piano Service is a full-service piano repair shop. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions.