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I ran across these pictures in a facebook marketplace post. Has anyone ever heard of a Holmes built "expressly for Mason & Hamlin"? Seen one? Looks like a run-of-the-mill "baby grand".


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http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthre...mason-hamlin.html#lg=3219154&slide=1

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Holmes & Sons was an American Piano Company brand at the time that Mason & Hamlin was also. So it is not inconceivable that it was a lesser brand that was sold in Mason & Hamlin stores, just as Boston and Essex are sold in Steinway stores.


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I suspect that's correct. It must have been a fairly brief campaign—nobody I've talked to has ever seen one or even heard of them, and the internet reveals practically nothing except that Holmes & Son was made by Foster-Armstrong. (Hardly a mark of distinction.)

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1932 Mason & Hamlin A9
1877 Blüthner 185 cm Patent Aliquot grand
1883 Henry F. Miller pedal upright
Edward L. Kottick double-fretted clavichord
Lyndon Taylor double-fretted clavichord


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