Dissecting the Tone of Piano Hammers Part 2
Not to be a contrarian but just want to offer my two cents on these two methods and hammer voicing procedures generally. I have heard many pianos treated with fabric softener. I would not suggest this method except under the most extreme circumstances when the hammers are otherwise non responsive to any other methods. While fabric softener will soften the outer layers to which it is applied that's not really the goal in voicing. Hardening agents have different properties and we should be aware of what we are trying to accomplish and why we might pick one product over another. The reason we voice can be distilled to a few points.
Chernobieff Piano Restorations
Yes, I understood that and I understand the technique. I realize many people use it and my post wasn't to be taken as a criticism of individual choice. I'm just not a fan. It's certainly a quick and easy remedy of sorts. I just don't care for the result.