MASON & HAMLIN PIANO FACTORY TOUR 2016 - JULY 14!
If you already signed up, your name should be in the list toward the end of this first post.
Mason & Hamlin craftsman hand notching a bridge
Team bending a newly glued rim into its press
(You can view some of our previous tours here: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2327001/LINKS_TO_WONDERFUL_PAST_EVENTS.html
I can tell you from experience it's a very interesting, educational, and fun tour!
And as a special treat we get to play some lovely newly minted Mason & Hamlin pianos at the end.
So, let me know if you would like to join us, where you are from (we like to track were people are coming in from), and how many people in your party.
Also be sure to let me know if you are a registered member of our Piano Forums. I will give every member an official Piano World Piano Forums Pin
I've been asked about bringing children, the folks at Mason & Hamlin are ok with this provided the child is old enough to understand the need for caution around the machines. Also keep in mind we do a lot of walking, including up and down stairs to multiple floors.
And I've found out Thursdays are the day Boaz Kirschenbaum does voicing at Mason & Hamlin... "Thursday is my day there (I work there weekly) so if you want to see voicing in process it's a great day to visit". A nice bonus treat for anyone joining us for the tour.
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Additional Details from M&H (I asked them some questions).
* What Time should people arrive? Arrive 8:45 to 9:15 Meet on 6th floor
. We will have a pressing scheduled for 9:30
* What is the maximum number of participants? 30 people We will need approximate number so we can order a quick lunch
* Is there still a $5.00 a head charge? If so, we will cover it. NO charge
* What time should we expect to be done? No later than 2 PM
* Can folks play some finished pianos at the end? Yes they can.
And they can even buy one.
* For those who may have problems with the stairs, can someone take people in the elevator? Yes we can accommodate with elevator
. If possible let us know ahead of timeIMPORTANT
Please have everyone wear closed shoes or sneakers a lot of walking.
Dress comfortably no A/C in factory other than 6th floor showroom.
Any children must be accompanied with an adult.
We will have waivers for everyone to sign. (new thing) just for insurance purposes.
Parking will be available in public parking area located next to Butches Up town restaurant. I think you posted a map in the past
Reminder we do not have any wheelchair access ramps. However only 4 steps to get in elevator for rest of tour.
Keep in mind you will be touring a live factory in full production mode. Lots of dangerous machinery, tools, and many people moving around.
Everyone will need to sign a release at the factory.
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, and the good folks at Mason & Hamlin will provide a light lunch.
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 is saying.
We will all be wearing wireless headsets to hear the tour guide.
We do a LOT of walking (and standing). Wear closed shoes or sneakers. 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 Kirk Burgett (owner), our own Cecil Ramirez (national sales rep), Bruce Clarke (Piano Designer, Technician, and our Tour Guide)), 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 any Piano World 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 01830www.masonhamlin.com Who Is Going?If your name is not on this list, we haven't confirmed you are joining us on the tour.
Be sure to get in touch a.s.a.p.!
Include your name, where you are from, your forums name, and the names of anyone else joining you for the tour.
Frank Baxter, Kathy Ford (Maine)(tour organizers)
Nancy M. (MA)
Karen A. (MA)
Marc Gendreau (MA)
Eric Helmuth, Randy Fayan, Jordan Bach(MA) = 3
Howard (Hesh) Reinfeld + 1 = 2
Mark C. (Canada)
Dave Blakeslee (MA)
Scott Eaton + Dad = 2
Steve Owens + Susan Cheng + Jake Ownens = 3
Diane M (MA)
Jason Solomonides, Michael Solomonides, Jeff Barnhart (CT) = 3
John & Donna A (ME) = 2
Floyd Moore (PA)
Don Kent (ME)
Reg & Ann Burgess (MA) = 2
Lyn L. + 1 (MA)= 2
Total to Date = 27Location Parking
Parking is just down the street from the plant. Lock your car.