I'm looking for information and guidelines to communicate with my RPT for a follow up visit on voicing my Steinway Model B and the new hammers we put on last fall. I love the fundamental color range that the Wieckert hammers give the piano, but I'd like it to be just a bit brighter sometimes. At home, I find myself playing a louder than I want to reaching for a brightness to the tone that I just never reach, especially when playing pop, rock, or gospel styles. However, I don't want to sacrifice too much of the color range when playing softly. The hammers have been on for about 9 months now. They've had very little B72 solution applied to them. My RPT recommended that we take a very conservative approach on applying hardener to the hammers to try to let them play in naturally. I don't know much about B72 crystals or even what it is, but it seems to be the recommended method for working with Ronsen hammers. My RPT says that it is more malleable to work with. He definitely prefers it over any type of laquer. Is this true? I thought I'd get the PW take on it to see what else I can learn about it.
The piano gets played about 1 to 2 hours a day on average -- depending. Usually, everyone is at home when I'm home, watching TV, studying, etc. so I try to be very conservative about my playing volume. Should I hold off a little longer and see what I think down the line or should I have him try adding a little B72 to see what I think? I don't want to do anything that will have negative or irreversible results that will damage the hammers. And it's not like it's a performance or recording piano.