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#2269759 - 05/01/14 06:38 PM First Shopping and M&H Experience
tjbron Offline
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Registered: 03/14/11
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Well, I took a step closer to the possibility of owning a piano and stopped by a local piano shop the other day! (Many more visits, and pianos, and months to go - not taking this fast). And wow, I just realized I wrote a novel here... in short, would like to hear if my experience is similar to others.

From a lot of reading I've done, I tend to really like the idea of M&H pianos, and have now had the pleasure of playing some. I've read the forums and Larry Fine's articles on piano shopping, but having not played a real piano in so long, wasn't sure if I would have the ear or touch to discern things. Pleasantly surprised that I did.

I got to play a new Mason and Hamlin A first, and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. (Maybe I let it get overhyped in my head?) I mean, it was nice, but I thought the action wasn't as responsive as I wanted, and I heard a very distinct change in tone as I stepped over into the non-dampered high notes, to a tone I didn't care for.

Next to it, they had a new AA model. Obviously this is moving up the line in size and price, so it should be better, but I found the experience like night and day. Couldn't hear that transition in the treble, and it just had a much better sound and feel, in my highly descriptive terminology.

I didn't think there would have been that big of a difference in action (aren't they both WNG?) and sound. My question is just if this is similar to the experience of others, or maybe had more to do with preparation (or lack thereof). For the meager increase in price, I'd say the AA is tremendously better.

On the other side of it was a totally rebuilt, 100 year old Steinway, (have no idea the model), which blew away the M&H A in light responsive touch and sound clarity. But being that likely the only thing original Steinway about it was the case, it made me wonder, what exactly is it?

Well, thanks for letting me ramble.

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#2269760 - 05/01/14 06:43 PM Re: First Shopping and M&H Experience [Re: tjbron]
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Originally Posted By: tjbron
On the other side of it was a totally rebuilt, 100 year old Steinway, (have no idea the model), which blew away the M&H A in light responsive touch and sound clarity. But being that likely the only thing original Steinway about it was the case, it made me wonder, what exactly is it?

Well, thanks for letting me ramble.


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#2269844 - 05/01/14 09:28 PM Re: First Shopping and M&H Experience [Re: tjbron]
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I agree with BDB. And the only way to be sure what you like is to play lots of pianos--even those larger and more expensive than what you are looking for. That way when you hit upon "the one", you'll know.
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#2269861 - 05/01/14 09:57 PM Re: First Shopping and M&H Experience [Re: tjbron]
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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Well said BDB!

Couldn't agree more
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#2269873 - 05/01/14 10:07 PM Re: First Shopping and M&H Experience [Re: tjbron]
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Originally Posted By: tjbron
On the other side of it was a totally rebuilt, 100 year old Steinway, (have no idea the model), which blew away the M&H A in light responsive touch and sound clarity. But being that likely the only thing original Steinway about it was the case, it made me wonder, what exactly is it?

If it's rebuilt, it means a rebuilder spent a lot of time making it really nice (tautologically).

If the touch was really so much nicer as you say, then it was probably the regulation being better in the rebuilt piano. M&H should be in the same class as Steinway on touch when both are regulated well.
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