|This Mason & Hamlin grand piano (a brand held by many pianists in as high or higher regard than Steinway) has been fully rebuilt and refinished to its original splendor.
This rare Cherry veneered Mason & Hamlin was fully refinished to a chocolate (more of a brown) semi-gloss finish; with 11 coats of hand rubbed lacquer. The hardware: casters, ferrules, pedals, lid hinges, continuous hinges, and other assorted hardware are all original solid brass and have been polished to sparkling perfection. Additionally all of the case felts and buttons were replaced with new.
The soundboard and bridges are original and were restored. The soundboard decal was replaced to match the original. The plate was rebronzed and re-lettered by hand. The pinblock is new as are the size two nickel tuning pins and Mapes strings. The aliquot bars are original, were buffed and polished and replaced by hand during stringing. The damper heads were refinished and the damper felts were replaced. The damper action has been fully reconditioned, regulated, and timed.
The action was fully rebuilt with new Abel Natural Felt Hammers, Shanks, and Flanges. Within the wippens, all of the felts and cords were replaced with new. The hammer rest felts were replaced as were the felts on the key frame. Both the front and balance rails received new key bushings. The plastic keytops have been replaced with new. The action has been regulated to factory specifications and the piano tuned to Concert Pitch A-440.
The period between 1900 - 1938 was Mason & Hamlin's golden era - when their best pianos were built. This piano has a perfect balance of authentic, classic Golden Age Mason & Hamlin sound, touch response and dynamic range.
Simply put, this piano sings in a way few others are capable.