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Re: Mason and Hamlin model C [Re: newnote2] #2547464
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There's not even one - it's an inside joke at the factory. They took a picture of a CC concert grand, photoshoped it out to a virtual 16 footer, and called it the OMG. That's OMG for Oh. MY. God.


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Re: Mason and Hamlin model C [Re: newnote2] #2548286
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Originally Posted by newnote2
However I'm wondering if it is a rare enough find (a 5' 1" Mason) to make it a worthwhile purchase, realizing that a restoration will be needed in the future. I would just love to have a M&H and this seems like a rare opportunity (though maybe a life long project.)
I don't think the fact that this piano is a rare find as a model for a Mason, if true, should be a factor. Masons can sound very different even when they are new and the same model. There's no telling what piano that old would sound and feel like. Personally I wouldn't travel a long distance even if it was free! Finally, even if it gets rebuilt you will not know what it sounds and feels like ahead of time. It's almost never a good idea to buy a piano with the expectation of having it rebuilt.

Re: Mason and Hamlin model C [Re: newnote2] #2548383
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Looking and listening to the piano has given me enough information to determine that the soundboard is excellent.

However the bridges look like the wood is beginning to crack at the bridge pins.

So if this piano came into my shop I would be at least replacing the bridge caps and strings. The pin-block may also need replacing but the final determination of that can only occur when the plate is out of the piano.

The capo bar surely needs to be made more V-shaped and the agraffe string holes will be as less than perfect as the new ones are now! (I have to champfer the string holes of all agraffes because they all have too broad a string contact area and this can create buzzes, plus the tone is better when the string terminations are idealized.)

These small pianos can benefit tremendously from the Hybrid Wire Scale protocols recently developed by many rebuilders the world over.

Then there is the action and I can't tell anything about it's present state other than the hammers don't sound horrible at all.




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