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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.
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: