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#2119705 - 07/18/13 03:48 PM Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013!  
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SAVE THE DATE: Join us for an exciting
Tour of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Friday September 8th, 2017 !


Use This Form to sign up for the 2017 tour.

BELOW ARE DETAILS AND PICTURES FROM OUR 2013 TOUR
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That's right, it's that time again!

The folks at Mason & Hamlin are very proud of their pianos, their factory, and their people. And we'll take in all three, plus a free lunch :-)

They give a fantastic tour led by engineer & legendary piano designer Bruce Clark.

You'll get to see the process of building a high-end piano from choosing the wood to polishing the cabinet. And you will have the opportunity to see how they utilize a combination of the latest technology combined with old world craftsmanship.

And if you're really good, they just might have some nice newly minted pianos for us to play at the end of the tour.

Mason & Hamlin is so confident in their products and their processes, they allow us to take pictures throughout the tour. In fact, here's a thread with pictures From our 2007 Tour of Mason & Hamlin

Make plans now to join us in September. Respond to this post so we know you're interested, then...

Space is limited, so send me frank@pianoworld.com your
details right away if you want to join the factory tour.

Space is limited and the tour tends to fill up fast.


I'll need your:
Forums Name
Real Name
State
Phone



We would like to post your forums name, and the names of anyone you are bringing, along with your state (and country if coming from outside the U.S.).
Let me know if it's not ok to post your real name in addition to your forums name.
If you plan to bring others with you, please provide their details as well. (We will NOT post phone numbers or addresses). Your additional guests should also provide us with an email address so we can include them in any updates/changes.

The tour will start at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
Lunch and new pianos will be served after the tour.

I've also found out Cecil Ramirez, National Sales Manager, and long time Piano Forums member (his member number is in the 60's, as in two digits) will there to represent the company.
Cecil made special arrangements because he wanted to be with our group (thank you Cecil).
For those of you who may not know, Cecil is also a talented piano/keyboard musician, composer, and recording artist.


Additional Details Below the Pictures



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ATTENDING THE 2013 TOUR:










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dynamobt

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dcb

aTallGuyNH

B.C.

danielshafner

Carolyn Macneal

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Leo Todd

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mrm2

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JGJ

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Faival44

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The Nosy Ape

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Marilyn Burris

Robert Richter

Mrs. Richter

Marc Gendreau

Dave Berke

A.C.

B.C.

Daniel Shafner

Carolyn Macneal

Burgess Macneal

Leo Todd

George Kelley

Terri Kelley

Debra Hamel

Michael M.

Scott Van Hoven

J.Gulotta

Steve Young

Jin Young

Doug Janssen

Christopher Berard

Amy Berard

Nathan Smith

Russell Liebe

Michael Wolin

M. B. Wolin

Steve Yao

Mary Yao

Don Kent

Don Kent III

Mary Rich


NH

MA

MA

MA

MA

NH

NH

CT

VA

VA

ME

MA

MA

MA

MA

NY

MA

MA

MA

MA

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MA

MA

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CO

CO

MA

MA

ME

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To Date 31 Participants Maximum number of participants for this tour is 35.
WE WILL NOW TAKE NAMES FOR ALTERNATES. Every year some people drop out at the last minute. If you would like to join us, send me your info and I will put you on our alternates list. You will be contacted immediately if we have an opening.

Costs There is no charge for the tour. You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging.

General Information:
Keep in mind you will be touring a live factory in full production mode. Lots of dangerous machinery, tools, and many people moving around.

It will be approximately a 3 hour tour (just like Gilligan's Island).
At the end of the tour there will be freshly minted pianos to see and play.
Because we usually end up with a large group, anyone wishing to play must keep it short so others have a chance.

The group needs to stay together, stay out of the way of the workers, and LISTEN to what the tour director (Bruce Clark) is saying.

We do a LOT of walking (and standing). Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. The factory is clean (other than sawdust), but you may brush up against a piece of machinery, pile of wood etc.

Our thanks to the Burgett's (owners), our own Cecil Ramirez (national sales rep), Bruce Clark (piano designer, technician and tour moderator), Tom Lagomarsino(sr. vp), and all the other fine folks at Mason & Hamlin for hosting this event.


FYI, the factory is in Haverhill, MA (pronounced Heyvrill). About 45 minutes north of Boston.
If you are not from the area and would like a primer in understanding "Bostonian", please see this post
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/916668/

If any PianoWorld members would like to stay in Haverhill overnight, there is a Best Western Merrimack Valley Lodge nearby. www.bwmerrimackvalley.com

I've stayed here a few times, it isn't fancy but it's clean and comfortable.
The hotel is about a 10 minute drive from the factory.

Mason & Hamlin Piano Company
35 Duncan St. Haverhill, MA 01830
www.masonhamlin.com

AND NOW WE'VE ADDED A PIANO PARTY THE SAME DAY!


Join us for a fun time on September 9th. Our friends Larry and Pattie of E.J. Buck & Sons Pianos have kindly offered to host a
Piano Forums Piano Party immediately following the Mason & Hamlin factory tour.

You DO NOT have to be a forums member nor do you have to attend the factory tour to join us for the piano party.

YOU DO need to like piano music, good food, and having fun :-)



Speaking of good food, we always appreciate contributions of food and drink at these functions.
If you can bring something, please do, and please let Larry and Pattie know what you plan to bring.


E.J. Buck & Sons Pianos

www.ejbuckpiano.com

171 Lincoln St Lowell, MA 01852

(978) 458-8688


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#2119809 - 07/18/13 07:46 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Count me in! Will send details via email.


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Working on: my aversion to practicing in front of my wife

1978 Vose & Sons spinet "Rufus"
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#2119834 - 07/18/13 08:30 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Awesome! Can't wait.

#2119913 - 07/18/13 11:18 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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I'll have my Department of Redundancy Department Answer:

Include me in.

Forums name: Palindrome
Real name (as real as it gets): Jim Orr
State: Blissfully retired in Illinois.

Phone: Will PM


There is no end of learning. -Robert Schumann Rules for Young Musicians
#2119931 - 07/18/13 11:42 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Palindrome]  
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Originally Posted by Palindrome
I'll have my Department of Redundancy Department Answer:

Include me in.

Forums name: Palindrome
Real name (as real as it gets): Jim Orr
State: Blissfully retired in Illinois.

Phone: Will PM

Great, looking forward to seeing you again Jim.
Hoping you will also consider joining us on the next European adventure!
Congratulations on being retired. I hope I can join that club some day :-)


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#2120304 - 07/19/13 07:22 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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I have e-mailed you all my information as I would like to attend this tour. As of right now, it will be only me and not my husband. If this should change, I will amend as soon as possilbe.

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#2120912 - 07/21/13 08:59 AM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Hey, Palindrome - didn't you see enough factories in Europe? HA!

I often attend but wait until all those that have not been there before, get their chances to sign up.

Great factory! Great pianos! she says biasedly!

LL


"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."
#2121357 - 07/22/13 03:42 AM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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I want to be on this tour, very much so.

Danielshafner - forum name
Daniel Shafner -real name
From Connecticut

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#2121725 - 07/22/13 11:32 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Added you to our list Daniel, see you at Mason & Hamlin.



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#2123613 - 07/27/13 12:26 AM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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I love that the "Bostonian" tutorial is included!


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#2130108 - 08/08/13 09:16 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: GretchensPianos]  
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Originally Posted by GretchensPianos
I love that the "Bostonian" tutorial is included!

It is first rate, definitely.

For those who are more visual/auditory learners, check out "Boston as a Second Language", which really hits it out of the park pahk.

My personal favorite: learning the distinctions between "shaks", "shaks", and "shak".

There's even a translation function!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Mundy 9/9, it's gonna be wicked pissah!

cool

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Working on: my aversion to practicing in front of my wife

1978 Vose & Sons spinet "Rufus"
1914 Huntington upright "Mabel"

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#2130144 - 08/09/13 12:20 AM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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I would love to come but, I went four years ago and I feel I should leave the spot for someone who hasn't been there.



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#2130417 - 08/09/13 01:44 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: woodfab]  
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Originally Posted by woodfab
I would love to come but, I went four years ago and I feel I should leave the spot for someone who hasn't been there.



Dan,

Keep the date open.
If we have less than 35 people for the tour, you are welcome to join us.



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#2134097 - 08/16/13 10:30 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Hello,

I and my friend, Denise Mustico would like to attend the M & H tour and the Larry Buck get together.

Dave

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#2138910 - 08/25/13 05:43 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Frank,

I did think I was going to be able to come, but a number of recently scheduled events (including the Chicago Beethoven Festival have supervened, and I'll have to cancel. I hope to be able to come at some future time.

best regards,

Jim


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#2143736 - 09/03/13 11:07 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Frank,

For the sake of us hapless schleps who actually need to prepare for this, what is the general etiquette of "anyone wishing to play must keep it short"?

Are we talking one minute? two minutes? five minutes?


"...when you do practice properly, it seems to take no time at all. Just do it right five times or so, and then stop." -- JimF

Working on: my aversion to practicing in front of my wife

1978 Vose & Sons spinet "Rufus"
1914 Huntington upright "Mabel"

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#2143770 - 09/03/13 11:52 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: aTallGuyNH]  
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Five minutes would be good.

There are approximately 30 people on the tour.
Not everyone plays, but most do.

Keep in mind there is a party at E.J. Buck & Sons after the tour, which will provide more time for playing.



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-------------------------
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#2145769 - 09/07/13 12:59 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Is it OK to bring a backpack with water bottle and small snacks to stay hydrated and keep from getting too hypoglycemic as we go along?

I can muster OK, but my little waif of a daughter is worried about passing out or starving to death if she doesn't have her morning snack. smile


"...when you do practice properly, it seems to take no time at all. Just do it right five times or so, and then stop." -- JimF

Working on: my aversion to practicing in front of my wife

1978 Vose & Sons spinet "Rufus"
1914 Huntington upright "Mabel"

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#2145808 - 09/07/13 02:07 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: aTallGuyNH]  
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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Is it OK to bring a backpack with water bottle and small snacks to stay hydrated and keep from getting too hypoglycemic as we go along?

I can muster OK, but my little waif of a daughter is worried about passing out or starving to death if she doesn't have her morning snack. smile


It's ok to bring, but I'd plan on leaving the backpack in the office/showroom area unless it's really small. You don't want to get caught on any machinery, or scratch any newly born pianos.

M&H usually provides water bottles, but of course you can bring your own.



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My Keyboards:
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-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
Invite everyone you know to join our piano forums!


#2146789 - 09/09/13 07:35 AM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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The day is here!!!! I'm headed out in a few minutes! Can't wait to see lots of pianos in the making and meeting new people!!!


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#2146793 - 09/09/13 07:45 AM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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+1! Couldn't sleep last night, very excited!


"...when you do practice properly, it seems to take no time at all. Just do it right five times or so, and then stop." -- JimF

Working on: my aversion to practicing in front of my wife

1978 Vose & Sons spinet "Rufus"
1914 Huntington upright "Mabel"

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#2146981 - 09/09/13 01:57 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: aTallGuyNH]  
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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
+1! Couldn't sleep last night, very excited!


You LUCKY people !!!!!

Please give us a full report !!!!

(Owner - 2003 M&H BB)


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#2147172 - 09/09/13 08:02 PM Re: Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2013! [Re: Piano World]  
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Wow, they make one excellent product. What a great tour. Who can top American manufacturing? Not enough attention to the finishing department (the spraying and the rubbing/polishing). But I'm a finisher so naturally I'm going to feel that way.

Thank you to you folks who arranged this tour of their factory.


My connection to the piano industry is that I am a wood finisher and a touch up specialist.
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I had a fantastic time today. Second time at the M & H factory. But learned things today. Bruce was very thorough. Everyone went all out for PW visitors. Well worth going.

I had fully decided to go to EJBuck Pianos. But got down on the street and realized I was more tired than I thought. (chronic fatigue) So, decided to come home and practce for my lesson tomorow.

I really enjoyed the tour. Thank you Frank for puttng this together! And thanks to Mason & Hamlin.


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My wife and I had a great time on the tour. It is one thing to see a picture of someone notching a bridge, it is a completely different thing seeing someone doing it in person. As an engineer it was very interesting to hear Bruce talk of all the various design and manufacturing considerations that go into producing a high end piano. My wife is an interior designer (architectural, not a decorator) and she was fascinated by the wood working as well as the layout of the factory.

On our way to the factory my wife was mentioning that she had been having a craving for fried chicken the past couple of days. Guess what they served us for lunch after the tour? You got it, fried chicken. How did they know?

During lunch I had the privilege of chatting with Bruce. He gave a detailed run down of the history of Mason & Hamlin that was quite interesting. Afterwards I played a couple of the pianos that they had available for us. There was a concert grand that was everything I expected out of such an instrument but I was more interested in the 5'4" baby grand next to it. It was amazing how you could get such a big sound out of such a small piano. The action was very responsive and the case work was beautiful.

Thanks to Cecil and Bruce and everyone at Mason & Hamlin for treating us to such a wonderful experience. And Thanks to Frank and Kathy for setting this up. I wish I could have gone to the party at Larry Buck's but, alas, I had to get to work (they were waiting for me with a fire I had to put out).

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Thanks for sharing...

everything I would have expecting it to be, having been there a few times...

the artisans are just amazing!


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As always, had a great time touring the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory!

Always good to see Bruce, Chris, and Cecil, as well as all the other talented folks who work in the factory.
We had a good sized group (about 30), well behaved, and they appeared to all have a good time.

There is no doubt about the pride Mason & Hamlin takes in building their pianos.

And on top of a very educational tour, they served us a delicious hot lunch!
Our thanks to Marilyn for doing her usual great job.

I will follow up with some pictures soon, hoping others will do the same.



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My daughter and I had a great time as well -- especially since she got to play hooky with Mom & Dad's blessing.

I put together a little slideshow:
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Sadly, this is not me playing. It is a stock audio clip from YouTube's Video Editor, called "Talkies" -- it seemed to fit well for the feel of an old fashioned factory.


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Very nice TallGuy!! Great to meet you and your daughter!!!


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Originally Posted by dynamobt
Very nice TallGuy!! Great to meet you and your daughter!!!

Thanks! It was great to meet you too!


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