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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300832
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If one is completely delighted with the tone, touch, and yes, even the pedal response on a new piano, why change it? A fine pianist knows what to expect from an excellent piano and is perfectly capable of making those assessments for themselves.

Not everyone feels the need to hype a new car to shave one second from the 0-60 mph specs.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: Minnesota Marty] #2300841
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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
If one is completely delighted with the tone, touch, and yes, even the pedal response on a new piano, why change it? A fine pianist knows what to expect from an excellent piano and is perfectly capable of making those assessments for themselves.

Not everyone feels the need to hype a new car to shave one second from the 0-60 mph specs.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


+1


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300856
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Well you'll have two types people , some who want perfection and a concert level sound and others who won't know the difference or even care.




Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300868
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There are people who want perfection and do not know the difference.


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300872
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I just bought it - and am looking forward to getting it in my house. I played it somewhere between 6-7 hours (spread across a few days) in the store, trying a lot of different music. Simply an amazing instrument.

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Congratulations!!! I didn't chime in with an opinion because I lack expereicne with a lot of pianos. But, I love my vintage BB. Recently, I played a friend's new M & H AA. A lovely instrument. I'm sure you will be very happy with your new BB!!


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300877
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Congratulations !!!

Enjoy - Enjoy - Enjoy


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300903
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Congratulations on purchasing a great piano!

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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2300920
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Originally Posted by lotsofquestions
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I just bought it - and am looking forward to getting it in my house. I played it somewhere between 6-7 hours (spread across a few days) in the store, trying a lot of different music. Simply an amazing instrument.

I've owned my BB for eight years now - and (with a little help from my piano tuner/technician) it keeps getting better and better. smile

Congratulations !!!!! thumb

Last edited by carey; 07/10/14 09:50 PM.

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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2301172
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Mind if I ask if its the one at Classic in Bellevue?


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2301190
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Originally Posted by Markarian
Mind if I ask if its the one at Classic in Bellevue?


It is. Same piano you played?

Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2301281
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lotsofquestions...

I'm assuming the BB has the new Wessell Nickel and Gross composite action - along with Renner Blue hammers - correct? smile


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: Carey] #2301282
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Originally Posted by carey
lotsofquestions...

I'm assuming the BB has the new Wessell Nickel and Gross composite action - along with Renner Blue hammers - correct? smile


It did have the WNG action, however I don't remember which type of hammers it had. I also wouldn't know how to tell which hammers it had (I'm not a tech).

Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2301317
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Originally Posted by lotsofquestions
Originally Posted by carey
lotsofquestions...

I'm assuming the BB has the new Wessell Nickel and Gross composite action - along with Renner Blue hammers - correct? smile


It did have the WNG action, however I don't remember which type of hammers it had. I also wouldn't know how to tell which hammers it had (I'm not a tech).
All M&H pianos built during the past 15+ years have Renner Premium Blue Hammers. I probably didn't need to ask the question in the first place (I wasn't certain about the age of the piano you bought) - but at least now you know what you have !! thumb


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2302760
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Hey, lotsofquestions:

Welcome to the M&H BB happy owners club!
I have just received mine in Brazil, as you can see in my post

Mason & Hamlin finally at home in Brazil

WONDERFUL GRANDPIANO !!
Enjoy yours as it deserves, and please share with us some pictures of your instrument.
Best wishes.


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2329120
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Dear lots,
Reviewing your post, I became very curious about how is being your experience with your BB over the last 2 years.
Me too own a similar instrument in Brazil, and am delighted with it!
Just uploaded a short video to YouTube, experimenting Schumann's Traumerei for the first time in life:

http://youtu.be/k7WdVAHl6uE?list=UUapE4d3HHHiIerCfPuO8QGg


Hope you enjoy, and would love to see pictures/video of your piano.
Best wishes.



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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: benjamink] #2329126
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How can Mason & Hamlin make any money on these pianos if the retail price of a 7' grand is only $45k? My understanding is M&H are hand made pianos. The cost of labor in the US is really high. The numbers don't add up.

Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: Piano.Brazil] #2329138
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Originally Posted by Piano_Brazil
Dear lots,
Reviewing your post, I became very curious about how is being your experience with your BB over the last 2 years.
Me too own a similar instrument in Brazil, and am delighted with it!
Just uploaded a short video to YouTube, experimenting Schumann's Traumerei for the first time in life:

http://youtu.be/k7WdVAHl6uE?list=UUapE4d3HHHiIerCfPuO8QGg


Hope you enjoy, and would love to see pictures/video of your piano.
Best wishes.



I like the piano a lot - it has an amazing sound and and extremely predictable touch.

I have yet to take any pictures or make a video with decent sound quality ( I have been too busy playing it smile )- but I recorded the 1st movement of Mendelssohn's 1st Piano trio a few weeks ago on it with a few friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k7q2GtwWUo . No serious critiques of the performance please - we are all amateurs enjoying our Sunday rehearsals.

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I like the piano a lot - it has an amazing sound and and extremely predictable touch.

I have yet to take any pictures or make a video with decent sound quality ( I have been too busy playing it smile )- but I recorded the 1st movement of Mendelssohn's 1st Piano trio a few weeks ago on it with a few friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k7q2GtwWUo . No serious critiques of the performance please - we are all amateurs enjoying our Sunday rehearsals. [/quote]

Hey, lots! Amazing video and music. You guys are great, and the piano sounds so sweet, yet clear and powerful! That's a BB!!! Thanks for sharing!
Keep in touch.


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Re: Mason & Hamlin BB fair price [Re: Piano.Brazil] #2329164
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Originally Posted by Piano_Brazil
Dear lots,
Reviewing your post, I became very curious about how is being your experience with your BB over the last 2 years.
Me too own a similar instrument in Brazil, and am delighted with it!
Just uploaded a short video to YouTube, experimenting Schumann's Traumerei for the first time in life:

http://youtu.be/k7WdVAHl6uE?list=UUapE4d3HHHiIerCfPuO8QGg


Hope you enjoy, and would love to see pictures/video of your piano.
Best wishes.

I forgot to mention, I enjoyed your performance of this Schumann piece a lot. Good job! The piano sounds great too!

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