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#2009167 - 01/04/13 10:16 PM Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question!
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Hi there, reading the pianoworld forums for the past 6 months has been very illuminating. Now I need your help, please.

I started studying classical piano at age 8, and in my 20s bought a new 5'9" Kawai grand, which I loved and played for 15 yrs before having to sell it. Then someone gave me a 1913 McPhail upright, which grew on me despite its idiosyncrasies. Now, older and with more time, I yearn for another grand, and my husband agrees I need to move on from the McPhail. Our budget is $10,000-$15,000 (tho $15K would be difficult).

Initially hoping for a lightly used Kawai grand, I'm surprised to find that I'm no longer drawn to them--even the new ones--they sound beautiful on other pianists' videos, but I haven't been feeling a connection or enjoyed playing them, nor several others I've been trying (e.g., Petrof, Baldwin, Young Chang, most Yamahas).

Today I played a 1928 Mason + Hamlin 7' grand for 2 hours and LOVED it! It has a warm, elegant, sweet yet full-bodied tone, and action on the light side but responsive to me, I felt. Very comfortable, strong connection. The bass strings look quite new; the hammers and dampers were definitely replaced and are not very worn; the pins and block look older but not in trouble (at least to the eye); the key tops have been replaced and are in perfect condition. The case is an absolutely gorgeous mahogany, and rock solid of course ...

except for this: the soundboard has several cracks in it. Why this doesn't show up in the sound when the piano is played I don't know, but it doesn't seem to be affecting it at all. So the big question is: Am I insane to consider a piano with a cracked soundboard??? The dealer has $21,000 on it but, when my husband said our budget is $10,000, he zoomed down to $13,000. There is likely still room for negotiation.

Of course we'd hire a technician to check it out thoroughly, but first it would be very helpful to hear from you folks whether we should even do that or just forget this piano. So far it's hard for me to forget. It's got soul!

Thank you kindly for any opinions, advice, thoughts.

Scout

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#2009172 - 01/04/13 10:21 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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It sure does make one wonder what is wrong with a piano when the first thing a seller does is offer to cut the price some 30 to 40%.
Hire an independent technician who has experience with rebuilt pianos to check it over, maybe even tune it, to give you a more complete read on condition.
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#2009203 - 01/04/13 11:34 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Soundboard cracks rarely affect the sound of a piano.
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#2009268 - 01/05/13 03:00 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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I've played pianos with cracked soundboards that were excellent instruments. Surprised by this I looked into it some. The prevailing opinion seems to be that small cracks in the soundboard do not, by themselves, neccessarily damage the tone or sustain. I am not a technician, however, and don't have the expertise to fully explore that question.

So to the bottom line questions: are you crazy for considering the piano?

No, I don't think so. You played it for two hours, and you enjoy the instrument. BBs are superb pianos. Your technician's evaluation becomes extremely important however, since you already know the piano does have issues.

One more thing, nonmusical, to keep in mind: a cracked soundboard lowers (in my opinion) the value of the piano. $12,000 (or whatever you can negotiate down to) is cheap for a BB. But it will be also be worth less if you decide to sell it down the road. It will also likely be harder to sell.
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#2009349 - 01/05/13 09:11 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: musicpassion]
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Thank you for your replies, Ed, BDB, and musicpassion. I'm wishing that the piano weren't too far away to send my trusted tech, but it is, so a very trustworthy but unknown-to-us technician would have to be found (adding another unknown to the situation, I guess).

If the piano/soundboard has 20 or 30 more good years left in it, I'm not too concerned with the resale value. There is no one to inherit the piano from us, and in 30 years I'll be 93 (but more likely gone!). I do appreciate your sanity measure, musicpassion. From the research, I'm wondering about the anxiety of hoping for 20 or 30 years, week after week, that "my" piano will last. I'm starting to have third thoughts because of that.

The only piano other than this M+H that I've greatly enjoyed playing so far is a 1982 Yamaha C7 (one owner, who has died). This one my own tech could examine. The price negotiation could be a challenge, though this dealer seems eager to move it to make room for newer pianos. There isn't a large market here, especially for such a big piano, and he is the only piano dealer in the whole state.

But I continue to ponder the M+H ...
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#2009352 - 01/05/13 09:19 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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MARK, what happened to your post? I saw it just *after* my reply a few minutes ago, and now can't reply to it directly. I said this:

"Thank you, Mark, that is helpful. I don't know about the shanks and flanges. Where are you in NH? That's where the M+H is! (In Salem NH; I'm in Maine.) If you'd rather send me a pm, I'll learn how to retrieve it."


Edited by scout (01/05/13 09:55 AM)
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#2009354 - 01/05/13 09:21 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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You mention that the hammers were replaced and that the action is very light. Were the shanks & flanges replaced along with the hammers? I often find that the old M&H hammer shank centers to be very loose, and this can lead to a lighter action. IMO, there's a special place in heck for techs who replace hammers on an 85 year old piano without (at the very least) also replacing the shanks & flanges. If this is indeed the case then you should take this into account both as an indicator of the overall quality of the work that was done and when making an offer to the dealer. These can be fantastic pianos, but it sounds like this one may be just a good rebuildable core being offered at substantially more than its actual value.
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#2009355 - 01/05/13 09:22 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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You've been given very sound advice (pun intended). Cracks rarely affect tone. They DO however significantly affect selling price as many are under the mis-conception that a cracked soundboard is fatal. In this case the cracks are likely the reason the price is so low.

You love the piano. Have a tech check it out and if it passes...go for it.
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#2009359 - 01/05/13 09:36 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Steve Cohen]
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Thanks, Steve. Hope rises again! Yes, the dealer pointed out the cracks to us immediately and was clearly concerned that they make a piano hard to sell. We assumed he would lower the price a lot because of that, just as you say, and he did. Depending on a technician's evaluation, no doubt he would go lower. His store isn't so big that he can just put this in a corner and let time pass.

Mark, you're back, and with a fuller post. Great, and thank you. Please see above, where I tell you the piano is in NH, as are you, and I'm wondering if you're near Salem.
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#2009380 - 01/05/13 10:39 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Originally Posted By: scout
We assumed he would lower the price a lot because of that, just as you say, and he did. Depending on a technician's evaluation, no doubt he would go lower. His store isn't so big that he can just put this in a corner and let time pass.



I wouldn't make either of these assumptions. The price you have negotiated is under market.
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#2009385 - 01/05/13 10:48 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Steve Cohen]
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Oh ok, thanks, I didn't realize that--thought it would ultimately depend on technician's evaluation.
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#2009390 - 01/05/13 10:58 AM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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You could ask the tech you know and trust in your area for one or two recommendations for a tech who lives closer to the piano. Assuming the tech is good, he could evaluate the work that has been done, the relevance, if any, of the soundboard cracks, and any other issues. Since you love the piano, if there are no serious problems or issues that need more work done to make the piano play/sound well and the case has been refinished it sounds like a good prospect. Just doing a good refinishing job on a piano that size could cost 5K-10K or more.

Any money you might lose(because of the soundboard cracks)if you want to sell it in the future would also be lowering your cost when you buy it now unless the soundboard cracks cause a more serious problem down the road. So the cracks could easily be a wash. A good tech can help you know how serious a problem (or not) the cracks are now or may be in the future.

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#2009423 - 01/05/13 12:07 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: pianoloverus]
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That's a good perspective, pianoloverus, I hadn't quite thought of it that way.

After reading your post I searched for and found several piano restoration companies that have surprising numbers of very old M+Hs that were restored and are for sale in the $20K-$40k range. If this sound board eventually failed sooner than anyone expected, there might be a market in those companies for buying this piano from me for further restoration? Just a thought. But yes, hopefully an excellent tech can pretty much remove that situation as a possibility by providing the crucial information. I'll ask my tech for recommendations, good idea.
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#2009556 - 01/05/13 04:56 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Originally Posted By: scout
If this sound board eventually failed sooner than anyone expected, there might be a market in those companies for buying this piano from me for further restoration?


Yes there is value in a Mason Hamlin BB even as just a rebuildable core.

In my opinion there isn't for a Yamaha C7, by the way. (This is not a statement against C7s. They are fine pianos, but for a number of reasons people don't usually rebuild them).
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#2009559 - 01/05/13 05:06 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Originally Posted By: scout

If the piano/soundboard has 20 or 30 more good years left in it, I'm not too concerned with the resale value. There is no one to inherit the piano from us, and in 30 years I'll be 93 (but more likely gone!). I do appreciate your sanity measure, musicpassion. From the research, I'm wondering about the anxiety of hoping for 20 or 30 years, week after week, that "my" piano will last. I'm starting to have third thoughts because of that.



The technician should be able to answer the potential longevity question. I don't think you'd have to worry about it. The BB isn't an unknown, mystery instrument. A good technician would have evaluated the exact model many times before and should be very familiar with Mason and Hamlins. If he's not, get another tech.

Another thing to consider: in my experience pianos don't fail suddenly. It's a gradual process. Yes, strings can break, etc. but those are an easily repairable thing. I mean the guts of the piano - in my experience it's not like you would wake up one morning and exclaim, "Ack! my piano has no sustain. It died overnight!"
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#2009640 - 01/05/13 07:03 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Yes there is value in a Mason Hamlin BB even as just a rebuildable core.

In my opinion there isn't for a Yamaha C7, by the way. (This is not a statement against C7s. They are fine pianos, but for a number of reasons people don't usually rebuild them).

Not that it's a big deal, but where do you get this notion that people don't rebuild Yamaha C7s?

I'd have to see hard, verifiable statistical data on this idea before I believe it.

Of course, I'm certainly no expert on pianos. smile

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#2009645 - 01/05/13 07:16 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Rickster]
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Originally Posted By: Rickster
Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Yes there is value in a Mason Hamlin BB even as just a rebuildable core.

In my opinion there isn't for a Yamaha C7, by the way. (This is not a statement against C7s. They are fine pianos, but for a number of reasons people don't usually rebuild them).

Not that it's a big deal, but where do you get this notion that people don't rebuild Yamaha C7s?

I'd have to see hard, verifiable statistical data on this idea before I believe it.

Of course, I'm certainly no expert on pianos. smile

Rick
The overwhelming percent of rebuilt pianos are Steinways and Masons. (A much smaller number of rebuilds are brands like Baldwin, Knabe, and a few others).

I think part of the reason is that a rebuilder's costs are fairly fixed and only those pianos will sell for a high enough price for the rebuilder to get a reasonable profit(or the rebuilder just wants to get the most profit for his labor and materials). Also, if one can buy a new piano for the same or sightly more than a rebuilt one, very few people will want the rebuilt piano.


Edited by pianoloverus (01/05/13 07:17 PM)

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#2009647 - 01/05/13 07:19 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Rickster]
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Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Yes there is value in a Mason Hamlin BB even as just a rebuildable core.

In my opinion there isn't for a Yamaha C7, by the way. (This is not a statement against C7s. They are fine pianos, but for a number of reasons people don't usually rebuild them).

Not that it's a big deal, but where do you get this notion that people don't rebuild Yamaha C7s?

I'd have to see hard, verifiable statistical data on this idea before I believe it.

Of course, I'm certainly no expert on pianos. smile

Rick


Rest assured, Rick, C7s are indeed rebuilt. It's doubtful that many are getting new soundboards yet, but they are certainly getting new actions, pin blocks, and strings! In fact, I have a client with an older C7 that will be restrung (and possibly a few other things) in the near future!
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#2009649 - 01/05/13 07:22 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Originally Posted By: scout
Hi there, reading the pianoworld forums for the past 6 months has been very illuminating. Now I need your help, please.

I started studying classical piano at age 8, and in my 20s bought a new 5'9" Kawai grand, which I loved and played for 15 yrs before having to sell it. Then someone gave me a 1913 McPhail upright, which grew on me despite its idiosyncrasies. Now, older and with more time, I yearn for another grand, and my husband agrees I need to move on from the McPhail. Our budget is $10,000-$15,000 (tho $15K would be difficult).

Initially hoping for a lightly used Kawai grand, I'm surprised to find that I'm no longer drawn to them--even the new ones--they sound beautiful on other pianists' videos, but I haven't been feeling a connection or enjoyed playing them, nor several others I've been trying (e.g., Petrof, Baldwin, Young Chang, most Yamahas).

Today I played a 1928 Mason + Hamlin 7' grand for 2 hours and LOVED it! It has a warm, elegant, sweet yet full-bodied tone, and action on the light side but responsive to me, I felt. Very comfortable, strong connection. The bass strings look quite new; the hammers and dampers were definitely replaced and are not very worn; the pins and block look older but not in trouble (at least to the eye); the key tops have been replaced and are in perfect condition. The case is an absolutely gorgeous mahogany, and rock solid of course ...

except for this: the soundboard has several cracks in it. Why this doesn't show up in the sound when the piano is played I don't know, but it doesn't seem to be affecting it at all. So the big question is: Am I insane to consider a piano with a cracked soundboard??? The dealer has $21,000 on it but, when my husband said our budget is $10,000, he zoomed down to $13,000. There is likely still room for negotiation.

Of course we'd hire a technician to check it out thoroughly, but first it would be very helpful to hear from you folks whether we should even do that or just forget this piano. So far it's hard for me to forget. It's got soul!

Thank you kindly for any opinions, advice, thoughts.

Scout


This is not something I would recommend for purchase. The only time I recommend old pianos is if they've been completely rebuilt by someone I trust. There are plenty of other (less old) options, with better value, than this.
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#2009676 - 01/05/13 07:56 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Rickster]
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Originally Posted By: Rickster
Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Yes there is value in a Mason Hamlin BB even as just a rebuildable core.

In my opinion there isn't for a Yamaha C7, by the way. (This is not a statement against C7s. They are fine pianos, but for a number of reasons people don't usually rebuild them).

Not that it's a big deal, but where do you get this notion that people don't rebuild Yamaha C7s?

I'd have to see hard, verifiable statistical data on this idea before I believe it.

Of course, I'm certainly no expert on pianos. smile

Rick




I first got the notion from a rebuilder who said he didn't rebuild Yamahas on spec. He would do it, I think, if a client hired him on a specific piano.

He explained that for him to completely rebuild a Yamaha, the costs would be roughly equal or more than the cost of a new Yamaha.

If you look at some of the large, online rebuilders such as www.lindeblad.com under the "before and after" examples they list by name, "Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Knabe and Chickering", and then they list "misc" and "upright". I don't know much about lindeblad, but they advertise everywhere so I've checked out their website.
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#2009680 - 01/05/13 08:06 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: beethoven986]
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Rest assured, Rick, C7s are indeed rebuilt. It's doubtful that many are getting new soundboards yet, but they are certainly getting new actions, pin blocks, and strings! In fact, I have a client with an older C7 that will be restrung (and possibly a few other things) in the near future!
It looks like we have a differing definition for "rebuild". I don't consider restringing a piano a rebuild.

I consider a true rebuild to mean very comprehensive work that will make all parts of the piano like new. Certainly people put new strings,hammers etc. on Yamahas.

Also I do want to point out that my original language was "usually" don't rebuild. I think that is an accurate statement. The most rebuilt pianos, as someone already stated on this thread are Steinways, and Mason Hamlins.



Edited by musicpassion (01/05/13 08:07 PM)
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#2009691 - 01/05/13 08:27 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Hi Scout,

As you can see, there are many different opinions on the purchase of the Mason. However, everything which is being presented is theory based on an instrument which none of us have played. You have played it, and that is the prime consideration. Your response to any given piano is what the true "value" is all about.

The recommendations for a thorough examination are exceedingly important. This is the only way that you can have an expectation of the longevity of the instrument as is. If you proceed with the inspection, also ask for recommendations on further "would be nice" type of work and a timetable for future considerations.

A Mason-BB from this era, in good condition, will blow the socks off other wannabe pianos. Masons are exceptional and not middle of the road contenders.

All that said, the price is very good if it passes inspection.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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#2009700 - 01/05/13 08:38 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Hi Scout,

A Mason-BB from this era, in good condition, will blow the socks off other wannabe pianos. Masons are exceptional and not middle of the road contenders.


Do you consider a Yamaha C7 a "wannabe" piano? Don't misunderstand me, you're welcome to your opinion. But that would be a little surprising. But hey, we could all use a little surprising once and a while.

I agree Masons are exceptional pianos.
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#2009706 - 01/05/13 08:46 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: musicpassion]
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Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Do you consider a Yamaha C7 a "wannabe" piano? Don't misunderstand me, you're welcome to your opinion. But that would be a little surprising. But hey, we could all use a little surprising once and a while.

I agree Masons are exceptional pianos.


Did I mention Yamaha? Why are you so defensive?


Edited by Minnesota Marty (01/05/13 08:58 PM)
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#2009707 - 01/05/13 08:48 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: musicpassion]
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Rest assured, Rick, C7s are indeed rebuilt. It's doubtful that many are getting new soundboards yet, but they are certainly getting new actions, pin blocks, and strings! In fact, I have a client with an older C7 that will be restrung (and possibly a few other things) in the near future!
It looks like we have a differing definition for "rebuild". I don't consider restringing a piano a rebuild.

I consider a true rebuild to mean very comprehensive work that will make all parts of the piano like new. Certainly people put new strings,hammers etc. on Yamahas.


Restringing is a major component of rebuilding. To do properly, the plate must be taken out of the piano, all the bridge pins must be removed and the bridge top and notchings either need to be cleaned up or the bridge needs to be completely recapped and re-pinned. Sometimes, the soundboard and plate are even refinished. Additionally, the pin block is often replaced, agraffes are reprofiled, and so is the capo bar. Then, everything must be put back together and restrung, followed by a lengthy refinement process. It absolutely is rebuilding work.

Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Also I do want to point out that my original language was "usually" don't rebuild. I think that is an accurate statement. The most rebuilt pianos, as someone already stated on this thread are Steinways, and Mason Hamlins.


I read what you wrote the first time, but happen to disagree with it. Yes, Steinways and Masons are rebuilt a lot. As Yamahas continue to age (the oldest ones here were built in the '60s), you will see them-- at least the larger models-- being rebuilt more often, and doing so will be cheaper than buying a new one.
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#2009731 - 01/05/13 09:56 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Do you consider a Yamaha C7 a "wannabe" piano? Don't misunderstand me, you're welcome to your opinion. But that would be a little surprising. But hey, we could all use a little surprising once and a while.

I agree Masons are exceptional pianos.


Did I mention Yamaha? Why are you so defensive?


Yamaha is the other piano he was/is considering.

Not defensive - I don't own a Yamaha so nothing to defend. I responded because "wannabe" is a very dismissive description, and I was wondering if you were applying it to Yamaha.
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#2009733 - 01/05/13 10:06 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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#2010145 - 01/06/13 05:00 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Thank you for your insights, Marty--very helpful!
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#2010148 - 01/06/13 05:04 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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I greatly appreciate everyone's input here. You've given me plenty to think about. I plan to visit the piano again this week, and if I still feel the same, we will hire a technician to go over it ultra-thoroughly. I'll keep you posted on what happens. Thank you again!
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#2010178 - 01/06/13 06:09 PM Re: Beautiful 1928 Mason + Hamlin BB grand: with big question! [Re: Scout]
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Good Luck Scout!
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