Name of Piano Brand:
Mason & Hamlin, named after Henry Mason, a pianist and son of Lowell Mason (considered as the "Father of American church music"), and Emmons Hamlin, an inventor and mechanic.
Founded in 1854 in Boston, Massachusetts, they first worked on a new instrument called an organ harmonium.
- 1867 - 1st prize at the Paris Exhibition for their American Cabinet Organ.
Notable People Who Used a Mason & Hamlin Piano:
Mason & Hamlin started creating pianos in 1881, hiring designer Richard W. Gertz who is credited as the creator of the Duplex Scale, Tension Resonator and screw stringer. Mason & Hamlin pianos with serial numbers 1893 to 2699 were made in 1885.
Player systems such as OPUS7, 228CFX and PianoCD. Acoustic pianos such as Model CC-94, Model BB, Model AA, Model A and Model 50.
In 1930, due to economic problems, Mason & Hamlin became a part of the Aeolian American Piano Company. They started manufacturing Mason & Hamlin pianos in 1945 at East Rochester, New York, the location of the Aeolian American plant. The company changed ownership several times, filing for bankruptcy in 1995. A year later, Gary and Kirk Burgett, brothers and owners of PianoDisc, bought the company. The Burgetts now own and run the Mason & Hamlin piano company. Gary Burgett is a music educator and pianist while Kirk is a technician and piano rebuilder.
Did You Know?:
The onset of Worl War 2 brought the piano industry to a halt. Mason & Hamlin built airplane gliders until the end of WW2.
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