“. . . the Piano Craft team distinguished itself in categories that other firms were unable to offer. We were deeply impressed with the level of concert preparation modern instruments will not easily match.”
– Scott M Wilson
PianoCraft custom rebuilt 1913 Mason & Hamlin A grand piano
The History of Mason & Hamlin at PianoCraft
PianoCraft’s history is strongly linked with Mason & Hamlin. While an undergrad piano student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, PianoCraft owner Keith Kerman needed to buy a good piano on which to practice. He went to his teacher, Prof Julian Martin (then head of the Peabody piano department, currently Professor at the Juilliard School) and asked advice on getting, of course, a Steinway. Prof. Martin told Keith to try his personal piano, a restored Mason & Hamlin model A from the 1920s. Prof Martin then encouraged Keith to find a Mason & Hamlin from their golden age (1900-1938). Keith found a 1917 Mason & Hamlin model AA (6’2″), had it restored and this became Keith’s personal piano. The process of getting this piano restored created a fascination in Keith for the great Mason & Hamlins of the past as well as the restoring of great hand made pianos.
PianoCraft has rebuilt, serviced, customized and sold hundreds of Mason & Hamlins. These Mason & Hamlins have been of every size and age, including historic concert grands dating from the early 1900s, brand new Mason & Hamlins, and most everything in between. PianoCraft Mason & Hamlins are found in concert halls, museums, recording studios, teaching studios, conservatories, music schools and homes. PianoCraft Mason & Hamlins are owned and enjoyed by a wide variety of pianists: concert and jazz pianists; all types of students and piano enthusiasts; adult amateurs; and collectors.
PianoCraft became Mason & Hamlin’s most honored dealer during their tenure as Mason & Hamlin dealers including winning dealer of the year in 2005, 2006 and 2007. It was during this time that PianoCraft developed and executed many of their procedures and techniques for customizing new Mason & Hamlin pianos.
The PianoCraft Mason & Hamlin has a perfect balance of authentic, classic Golden Age Mason & Hamlin sound and an optimized tonal palette, touch response and dynamic range. Knowledgeable pianists and technicians consider the golden age Mason & Hamlins, circa 1900-1938, to be by far the best Mason & Hamlins ever made. PianoCraft’s team of artisans restore and recreate classic Mason & Hamlin pianos into individual works of art. PianoCraft goes to great lengths to preserve the fantastic original tone and touch of the classic Mason & Hamlins. PianoCraft owner Shaun Tirrell likens the experience of playing a fully recreated PianoCraft Mason & Hamlin to entering a time machine in which you are transported to the early 1900s and playing the very best Golden Age Mason & Hamlin as if it was brand new, fresh out of the factory and perfectly prepared.