I read this recent post
which is related to what I have been thinking of.
My current piano is a fine C.Bechstein upright but it has a quite sharp tone so I always use ear props that are supposed to lower the volume by 25 dB equally over the whole tone spectrum. I am very tired of using these.
Alas I have constant tinnitus and do not want more, so I have to use them.
I haven´t had the hammers sanded and voiced for a number of years. Sanding and voicing would of course make the tone more soft, but would that be enough? Or would it make the tone quality too muffled? Impossible to answer, I know.
An alternative I therefore am considering is the Kawai CA97. It has not yet arrived to the local dealer so I haven´t had the opportunity to try it, but I have tried it´s predecessor.
It was the best DP I had played until then, with regard to touch and sound, with exception maybe for Yamaha AvantGrand, which is too expensive.
I got a little worried when I read the above referred post regarding CA97 and tinnitus. But the CA97 has the Virtual Technician and other settings which I can experiment with myself.
If I let a piano technician work on the hammers and find out a week later that more has to be done, I can not recall him by pressing a button. And I have to pay him, as opposed to the Virtual Technincian which works free of charge. But buying the CA97 would of course cost more than letting a piano technician work on the hammers.
Wise or unwise thoughts or experiences of this little predicament would be appreciated.