Your piano is built to last and can give you a lifetime of pleasure if you take good care of it. Any piano that is used regularly generally requires minor repairs after a certain number of years. You may even need to replace hammers, dampers, or strings. Often, the pedals can also take a lot of abuse. It really is a good idea to get a yearly inspection when you get your piano tuned!
When a piano is used heavily or reaches a certain age, its tone can become too bright or uneven, making it harder to control. It may then be time to inspect the hammers and make some adjustments. Voicing involves various techniques designed to restore hammer felt to its original softness in order to produce a rich and singing tone. Naturally, if the hammers are very old and dried out, voicing will not be enough. In this case, the only way to restore the piano’s full, beautiful sound is to replace the hammers.
Regulation has a significant impact on a piano’s sound. The hammers of the 88 keys must follow the same trajectory to ensure an even tone. Poor regulation makes it is very hard to control shifts between pianissimo and forte. If you play a lot, don’t hesitate to have your piano’s regulation checked every year.