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#97370 - 02/18/07 01:49 AM New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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After two years of lurking on Piano World, and an illustrious 10 post career of late, "C3driver" today has become "M&HAAdriver" for the obvious reason.

My C3 served me well for two years, convincing me that a grand is what life's about. A shopping assignment for my kids' high school sold me on M&H, and started 20 months of rationalizing the inevitable.

I met my new piano today following several days of dealer prep. Ebony gloss, #92806, and mine all mine.

It had me at "twinkle".

My 18 year old daughter finds the AA a bit pretentious, clearly a heavyweight at 900 lb., with the characteristic M&H "wide tail", and a prolific speaking voice. For these reasons she has named it "Rosie".

On Tuesday, Rosie will come home and trade places with the departing C3, a 1999 N.A. market beauty looking for a new home here in Colorado.

Pictures will be forthcoming.
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#97371 - 02/18/07 05:15 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Getting anxious, are we?

;-)
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#97372 - 02/18/07 09:45 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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CONGRATS from one M&H owner to another...even if yours is bigger lol Congratulations *read between the lines...I'm jealous*

Do post pics
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#97373 - 02/18/07 11:08 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Lilylady wrote:
Getting anxious, are we?[/b]

...asked by one who should know!
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#97374 - 02/18/07 11:15 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Congratulations Bob!

Looking forward to meeting you at the 2007 M & H Factory Tour in May.

Not many people get to see where their piano was born :-)
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#97375 - 02/18/07 11:21 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Congratulations! I really enjoy it when I'm reading about all those "I bought a new piano and it's coming home soon"- storys... may you enjoy your piano for a long time!
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#97376 - 02/18/07 11:51 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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BOY!!! Are you gonna be happy!

The difference between the C3 and the AA is dramatic!
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#97377 - 02/18/07 10:01 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Congratulations on your new "Tier One" piano. I know you're gonna love it for many years.
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#97378 - 02/18/07 10:47 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Congrats on the new beast. Are you sure you don't want to keep 'em both. Nest them and play duo piano works!

Cheers,

David
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#97379 - 02/19/07 02:31 AM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Congratulations. The C3 is nice, the M&H is nicer (understatement \:\) ). Hope it will give you years of musical pleasure.

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#97380 - 02/20/07 06:37 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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WOW, Frank fixed my picture upload problem while I was out for the evening. Here are the details:

Rosie has arrived!! I want to thank Joe Woods of Woods & Sons in Brighton Colorado for superb preparation, and PTG tuner David Hebert for helping as well, plus getting the Dampp-Chaser in place to immediately battle the Colorado winter.

Here she comes off the truck (Keyboard Carriers of Denver).....





Over the threshold - she was a heavy one, but the marriage will last decades!



In the living room with the departing C3 on the right...





I didn't want to torture folks with a picture of the dreaded lyre tilt, Mr. Mason and Mr. Hamlin made not a creak or moan (only I did), and all is well. So...finally in position and ready to play...



And a final shot from the player's point of view, top down to be a nice neighbor...



Thanks for letting me show off my new baby. She sounds as good as she looks.
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#97381 - 02/20/07 06:39 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Oh darn....where's the pics!
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#97382 - 02/20/07 06:53 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Thanks, Frank, for what you have done...explained in the next post. Newbies need to be taught sometimes!
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#97383 - 02/20/07 08:29 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Pictures were huge.

I took the liberty of resizing them, you can edit your post to add captions.

Piano is gorgeous!
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#97384 - 02/20/07 09:05 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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It's gorgeous! And I love your red wall. Spectacular backdrop to a spectacular piano.

Enjoy!

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#97385 - 02/20/07 09:50 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Beautiful piano in a beautiful room. Welll done!
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#97386 - 02/20/07 11:12 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Wow! Is that ever stunning!!

Shiny black against that red wall really shows it off.

I had memories as I saw the pic of the beast coming down that ramp. Phew...but at least they had the dolly to use there.

Enjoy playing tonight.

All night!

LL
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#97387 - 02/20/07 11:18 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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From one Mason-Hamlin owner to another: CONGRATS!!
BTW, love that red wall with the black piano!
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#97388 - 02/22/07 12:44 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Loc: Ontario
Beautiful piano. Congratulations!!!

Is that a vase of flowers sitting on the piano? I hope I'm not out of line here, but is that wise?
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#97389 - 02/22/07 12:56 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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How nice!

Who is the maker and what is the model of the piano lamp? Does it work well? Is it bright enough?
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#97390 - 02/22/07 01:56 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Wonderful pictures and a lovely setting! Congratulations on your new love!

(oh yeah, tell me about that lamp too!)
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#97391 - 02/22/07 02:32 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Loc: Cape Cod
Congrats on the great looking piano... good move getting it dampp chased. The C3 wasn't bad looking either... but probably a flyweight in comparison.

Howard

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#97392 - 02/22/07 10:23 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Thanks for the nice comments, everyone.

Pandora: It's fake. But it looks good, huh? Felt pads on the bottom, too. I'm an engineer.

The lamp is by House of Troy, available at Vandaking (current best price of $216), Pianomart, and lots of other places. Just Google PFL-617 (brass/black) or PFL-527 (satin nickel/black) It has a single 60w bulb which is fine since it is close to the music.
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#97393 - 02/23/07 04:36 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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nice home too!
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#97394 - 02/24/07 02:39 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Loc: Seattle
Hey Driver - There's nothing wrong with a "10 post career" on PW! Folks like us only hog the spotlight for events like this, right? Congratulations on your beautiful piano. May it bring you much joy.
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#97395 - 02/24/07 03:05 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Congratulations on your new piano. It looks beautiful in your home, especially with the greenery and red wall.
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#97396 - 02/24/07 04:58 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Absolutely gorgeous piano and home. May you have many happy hours playing your beautiful new piano. \:\)
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#97397 - 02/24/07 06:17 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Great pictures, M&HAADriver (c3driver is easier to type, though...)! Compliments from someone who is feeling a little of envy about Rosie
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#97398 - 02/24/07 06:31 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Great piano.

Joe Woods is a great guy too. You couldn't have gone wrong with him.

Congratulations.
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#97399 - 02/24/07 07:36 PM Re: New Mason Hamlin AA, new name
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Wow, what a gorgeous piano. Any it looks great in your beautiful home! All the best to you and your family.

How do you keep that tan rug so clean? The only way I could keep my rug that clean is with Photo Shop!
Congrats and best regards,
Roger
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