Piano Hammers

Have you ever watched your piano’s hammers move while you play?  What you can see is that they hit the strings when you press a key. 

What you can’t see (because it happens too fast) is how the hammer and the strings react to each other.

 The hammer pushes the string out of its normally flat shape, creating the vibration that we hear as sound.  The tone and volume of that sound are partly controlled by the strings’  vibration patterns, formed by the hammers.

The other thing you can’t see (because it happens too slowly) is that the hammers are being eroded every time they hit the string.  They get a little harder each time, too.

Sooner than you might imagine, the hammers will develop grooves from the strings, which will affect the tone and the way your piano plays.

And as the hammers get harder, the vibrations they produce give your piano a hard or overly bright sound. 

Remember how your piano sounded when it was new?  That’s because the hammers were new, too.

Your piano technician can reshape and “voice” your piano’s hammers if they are not too worn, bringing back the beautiful sound you treasure.  If the hammers are too worn to be voiced, they can be replaced.  Think of it as an investment in your musical future!  Ask your technician for more information