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Pianos of Mason & Hamlin

The World's Finest Piano!

Glorious. Magnificent. Inspirational. Mason & Hamlin – exalted as the world's finest piano. Mason & Hamlin's uncompromising commitment to perfection has inspired renowned artists and composers to project their immortal masterpieces through this supreme instrument. The rich, warm, smooth, distinctive tone results from the original patterns, scales and designs, faithfully preserved for over a century. The Mason & Hamlin piano is hand-made with meticulous workmanship, using only premium materials to produce aesthetic encasements that are triumphantly durable. The important extras not found in any other piano help explain why Mason & Hamlin is recognized as the standard of excellence at so many schools and universities and by informed music lovers. The Mason & Hamlin piano can bring about a full range of emotions, opening up a world of excitement and wonder with the touch of your skilled fingertips.

Durability

Mason & Hamlin is built to last, with solid posts and rim laminations that are 18-ply, over 4" thick. As a result of the strongest and most costly construction in the industry, the grand piano outweighs other makes by an average of at least 20%. The larger plate (for stability), larger soundboard (for improved tone), extra layers of seasoned hardwoods in the rims (for strength) and heavier legs – all combine to make a superb instrument.

Tension Resonator

This exclusive device assures Mason & Hamlin owner original pure tone for the life of the piano. The patented Tension Resonator safeguards the crown the soundboard for proper resonance. Radial arms of inflexible steel joined underneath the soundboard are bolted to the piano's inner rim (or frame, in the case of the Model 50). These metal rods are drawn to precise tension and locked into position by factory craftsmen, never again to be touched. By holding the rim in rigid position, the Tension Resonator maintains the crown of the soundboard.

Duplex Scale

In the treble, where the strings are shorter, the aliquots permit tuning of the "non-singing" portion of the string beyond the bridge in Mason & Hamlin's Grands. Hand-placed, the tiny bars for each pitch produce precise harmonics that enhance the treble. It is this precision, combined with longer string length between the bridge and hitch pins, that results in Mason & Hamlin's unmatched tonal warmth and depth throughout the treble register.

Action

The Mason & Hamlin action is constructed of the finest hand-selected hardwood, assuring uniformity in over 7,000 working parts, including graduated hammer shanks and hand-shaped hammers for clarity of tone. Unique features include costly ebony sharps and repetition springs that can be easily and accurately adjusted. Designed specifically for use with the duplex scale, it provides the ultimate in repetition speed, sensitivity and response.

Rim & Case

Mason & Hamlin forms inner and outer rims separately. With separate rims, easier access is attained for making adjustments in obtaining plate/bridge height relationship, a requisite for full, even tone. Mason & Hamlin adds the outer rim only after final adjustments of the tone-producing unit have been completed.

Tuning Pins & Pinblock

Nickel-plated pins prevent rust or corrosion on coils; blued steel cores grip the pinblock tightly. The hardwood maple pinblock is made of 7 layers of quarter-sawn maple, at a 90-degree grain angle on each layer. The wood has been treated to correct moisture content, whereby long-lasting tuning stability is attained.

Soundboard

The soundboard is constructed of the finest grade, air-cured, kiln-conditioned white spruce. It is precisely installed by hand, with a tapered crown for optimum resonance. The Tension Resonator helps maintain that crown for the life of the piano – regardless of age or climatic conditions.

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