From a sheer construction standpoint, there is no piano built better than Mason & Hamlin. These pianos, built outside of Boston, epitomize the “American sound” and have been the choice of artists like Rachmaninov, Ravel, and many others. From a structure that is unmatched in the industry to design elements that are still cutting edge many decades after their introduction, Mason & Hamlin has continually attracted attention and praise from other artistic makers.
Henry Mason, one of the company’s founders, was the son of Lowell Mason, the father of American church music, his brother William Mason was the first American protégé of Franz Liszt, and his brother Daniel was a professor of music at Columbia University. This was a family that knew quality of tone, quality of touch, and quality of execution when it came to building an artistic instrument.
To many piano experts, the best decision that the Mason & Hamlin Company ever made was to invite Richard W. Gertz to bring his expertise to their designs 1898. Within a decade, Mason & Hamlin had again turned the heads of their competitors and led the owner of their keenest competition to call Gertz “America’s greatest piano designer”.
Today’s Mason & Hamlin is still hand built outside of Boston. They still utilize Adirondack Hard Rock Maple thoughout their structure for a high reflection ratio of sound vibrations to create the signature Mason & Hamlin tone. With a very limited production (approximately 300 pianos each year), each Mason & Hamlin is an individual experience.
The story of the great piano that is the Mason & Hamlin would not be complete without the story of a man once called by his keenest competitor, “America’s Greatest Scale Designer”. This man was Richard W. Gertz. Click here for more details about Richard W. Gertz.
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