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#2674502 - 09/11/17 02:57 PM Mason and Hamlin Factory Tour  
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My wife and I attended the Piano World tour of the Mason and Hamlin factory. This was the second time that we have taken this tour. Bruce Clark, as usual, was very knowledgeable and informative as he took us through every facet of building a piano. We did not get to see a bridge being notched this time, but we did get to see the CNC router in operation, which I (being an engineer) found even more interesting.

After the tour we got to play the pianos in the showroom. I was surprised to see Grotrian pianos in the showroom as I was unaware that Mason and Hamlin are now their U.S. distributor. All of the pianos that I tried played very nicely and sounded great.

Many thanks to Bruce Clark and Kirk Burgett for treating us so well. And thanks to Frank for organizing the tour. We had a wonderful time.

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#2675757 - 09/16/17 10:47 PM Re: Mason and Hamlin Factory Tour [Re: the nosy ape]  
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Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour 2017 - Photos by Frank Baxter

Note: the following photos were recently posted by PianoWorld (Frank) on Facebook, and I thought I would share them in the PianoWorld Photos Gallery as I did not have a camera with me that day!

Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour 2017 Photos

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthre...iano-factory-tour-2017.html#Post2675755.

the nosy ape -
Totally agree. What an excellent opportunity to see how a world-class piano is built; the technical, operations and management team were very gracious and generous with their time.

I was asked to play a few pieces at the end of the tour, which were well received. I've been working on a number of more lyrical works recently and had a chance to record two of the pieces I played during the PianoWorld tour Thursday evening after coming home from work. My wife and twin daughters had not yet returned from their swimming lesson, so I had a few minutes to myself as I readied everyone's dinner. With precious few moments of silence available, I recorded spontaneous 'E-flat' takes of both Grieg's Lyric Piece "Arietta", Op.12, No.1 and Chopin's Nocturne, Op.9, No.2, and thought I might share them. I really rather like the tone, coloring and my recording of the beautiful little Grieg Arietta; the recording of the Chopin Nocturne is just OK, but still demonstrates the character of the new Mason & Hamlin BB:

YouTube Recording:
Grieg: 'Arietta' - Lyric Pieces Op.12, No.1 - pb J. Solomonides
SoundCloud Recording:
Grieg: 'Arietta' - Lyric Pieces Op.12, No.1 - pb J. Solomonides


YouTube Recording:
Chopin: Nocturne Op.9, No.2 - pb J. Solomonides
SoundCloud Recording:
Chopin: Nocturne Op.9, No.2 - pb J. Solomonides


Jason Solomonides
Mason & Hamlin 7' BB 93623
Yamaha 6'1" C3 (w/WNG) D3010008
My Piano Recordings:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7aJcfJZZvg&list=PLkP65I5BsNirTcv-nAHm4BXXsCbB_EbAJ
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#2675882 - 09/17/17 03:37 PM Re: Mason and Hamlin Factory Tour [Re: the nosy ape]  
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Pictures from the Mason & Hamlin factory tour.
Photos by Victor Burgett.

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#2675883 - 09/17/17 03:38 PM Re: Mason and Hamlin Factory Tour [Re: the nosy ape]  
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