Happy New Year!! Earlier this week, there was a surprise new arrival into the showroom! After a year of precisely rebuilding this Mason & Hamlin grand piano, the instrument is now ready to be displayed for all to hear and see.
This prestigious instrument was a historic masterpiece of design and innovation in 1911. Those that know Mason & Hamlin’s level of craftsmanship would expect nothing less. Just as in 1911, Mason & Hamlin pianos are still known today as the most costly pianos on earth to build. Each piano is built by hand with the finest materials in their Haverhill, Massachusetts factory.
This unique piano arrived to us approximately a year ago from Nevada. Our technicians immediately began the long, gratifying process of restoring this piano to its original luster. It received all new Wessell Nickel and Gross action parts (the same elite performance parts installed in new M&H pianos today). It also received a new pin-block, strings, pins, felts, and hammers. The case was refinished, the brass polished, the soundboard perfected, the plate re-bronzed, and more!! The result of this work is a monument that our technicians are each extremely proud to see. This 100+ year old grand now shines like a brand new piano. More importantly, the instrument sings with rich, deep, and colorful tones that have already captivated our studio pianists.
Each time a piano is restored in our workshop, it’s a special feeling of completion…renewing a manufactured creation to its original brilliance. Our technicians would tell you that their goal is to restore some pianos to even higher levels of excellence than the original form. This process of restoration reminds me of the work that God has done for us. As God speaks in Revelation 21, “Behold, I make all things new.” We are each imperfect humans in need of a loving Master Technician who, by his Word and our belief, gives us “new life!” He makes us a new creation…. and He is proud of the results!
I hope this short note encourages you today.