Mason & Hamlin Restored Grand Piano Model A Serial #26716 circa 1915-1919, Boston



Founded in 1854, Mason & Hamlin is one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers. Of the hundreds of American piano companies that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mason & Hamlin is one of only a handful that survive today.
The Mason & Hamlin Piano Company was one of the original Boston piano manufacturers and a pioneer of the full-perimeter plate design. The Mason & Hamlin family ancestry dates back to the arrival of the Mayflower on Plymouth Rock in the 1600’s. Henry Mason’s father, Lowell Mason, became the first music teacher in American public schools and is known as the Father of American church music, and the Father of American public school music education. Lowell Mason was the co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music and later became the superintendent of the Boston school system.
For over a century, Mason & Hamlin has been known for the superior quality and sound of its hand-crafted pianos. Based in Boston and renowned originally as reed organ manufacturers, Henry Mason and Emmons Hamlin began building pianos.  Today, Mason & Hamlin manufacturers continue the hand-crafted tradition and standard of excellence in producing pianos that pianists love for their large palette of rich sonorities, responsiveness, and depth of sound. Mason & Hamlin limits its production of new grand pianos so that each instrument receives the individual attention to detail that it needs to be consistently accurate and superior.
The Crown Retention System is unique to Mason & Hamlin and lends stability to the piano. The system consists of the tension resonator (designed and patented for Mason & Hamlin by Richard W. Gertz in 1900), heavy case ribs, thick, hard rock maple rims, and eastern white spruce soundboard. As commonly observed on Mason & Hamlin pianos built in the late 19th and early 20th century, the Crown Retention System has preserved the crown of the soundboard, and the original power and tone, throughout the life of the piano.
The oversized soundboards used in Mason & Hamlin pianos are meticulously grain-matched using the highest quality spruce available: eastern white spruce. The soundboard ribs are pre-crowned to the soundboard for a precise fit. Mason & Hamlin piano soundboards have a speaking area that is larger than other equally-sized pianos.
Today, Mason & Hamlin is headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, not far from its original location in Boston, the birthplace of American piano design and manufacturing.

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