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Mason & Hamlin Piano Co.
Since 1854, Mason & Hamlin has continued its century-old tradition of using the finest materials and time-honored methods to produce some of the world’s finest pianos. These American-made instruments grace the stages of concert halls and conservatories alike, and are renowned for their distinctive tone, bell-like treble, thunderous bass, and exceptional playability.
Charles A. Walter Pianos
The Walter Piano Company is the oldest family run American piano company in existence today. Their pianos are completely hand built with the utmost attention to detail and sometimes require months to complete each piece.
Steinway uses a lower overall string tension than other piano brands because it provides a warmer tone, which is better suited to classical music than high-tensioned pianos. Other hallmarks of lower string tension are longer sustain, lighter attack, and a mellow sound. From the Steinway & Sons website: “In comparison to other pianos, Steinway has lower string tension. This reduced string tension, along with a tapered soundboard, creates longer sustain, and a more singing quality in the tone (as well as longer piano life). A low-tension string scale design gives a fuller tone by allowing more of the lower partials to sing. It also has more sustain, is more powerful, has more dynamic range, and provides warmer and mellower tones.”
Many Steinway pianos are currently available. Please feel free to inquire about our current inventory of previously owned Steinway pianos.
Dwight Hamilton Baldwin was a piano, violin, and organ teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1862 he opened a branch of the Decker Brothers piano dealership in the area. They were authorized dealers of Steinway & Sons pianos. When a relative of Henry Steinway opened a piano store in Cincinnati, Steinways were no longer available for Mr. Baldwin to sell. So he embarked upon becoming a piano manufacturer. After hiring Lucien Wulsin in 1866, the two formed the D.H. Baldwin company in 1873. By the 1890’s The Baldwin Piano Company had become the largest piano dealer in the Midwestern United States.
Dwight Baldwin started building pianos in 1891 with the goal to produce “the best piano that could be built”, because most pianos of the day were of inferior quality. During World War 2, Baldwin constructed plywood aircraft wings instead of pianos. They designed a 21-ply maple wing, which they transformed into their famous pinblock design used in postwar piano models. Other companies, unaware of this advance because Baldwin hid it under glued-on felt, continued using 5 and 6-ply piano pinblocks for decades. The company continued to improve their pianos by acquiring the C. Bechstein company in 1963, to incorporate their construction techniques as well as their Renner action. In October 1986, Baldwin bought the Pratt-Read piano action company so that they could use one of the world’s best piano action designs in their pianos. The Pratt-Read piano action, originally manufactured in Ivoryton, CT, was incorporated in hundreds of different piano brands. In 1988, Baldwin purchased the Wurlitzer Company, which excelled in piano design. These patented designs were also incorporated into Baldwin pianos.
The handmade Artist Grands are built at the Trumann Factory in Trumann, Arkansas.
Please contact us for the current availability of any previously owned Baldwin pianos.
A two-year warranty is offered on previously owned pianos. A ten-year trade-up warranty is offered on all pianos.