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FEATURED BRANDS

MASON & HAMLIN (PRE-OWNED) — PIANO STATS

Original Piano Maker(s)

Henry Mason (1831-1890) & Emmons Hamlin (1821-1885)

Date Established

1854

Original Location(s)

Boston, Massachusetts

Notable Dates

  • 1854 — Manufactured Organ Harmonium with Hamlin’s reed voicing (later known as Cabinet Organ).
  • 1867 — Awarded 1st Prize at the Paris Exhibition for their American Cabinet Organ.
  • 1869 — Henry Mason retired as president of the company and his brother Lowell Mason, Jr. (1823-1885) succeeded him.
  • 1881 — Began manufacturing pianos.
  • 1885 — Upon the death of Lowell, Henry Lowell Mason (1864-1957) (Henry’s son) succeeded him.
  • 1906 — Richard W. Gertz became president of the company.
My Dear Sirs, For what a magnificent organ I have to thank your kindness! It is worthy of all praise and admiration! Even average players could attain much success on it.
Letter to Mason & Hamlin from Franz Liszt 1

Innovation(s) / Patent(s)

  • 1856 — Awarded patent for Reed Musical Instrument (expression stop).
  • 1865 — Awarded patent for Improvement in Cabinet-Organs.
  • c. 1900 — Among his patents, including the Duplex Scale, Richard W. Gertz awarded patent for Tension Resonator.

Current Owner(s)

Gary and Kirk Burgett of PianoDisc.
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Page Sources

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[1]
La Mara, ed., and Constance Bache, tra.  Letters of Franz Liszt Vol. II From Rome to the End.  New York:  Haskell House Publsihers Ltd., 1894: pg. 437.  Google Books.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
[2]
Gellerman, Robert F.  The American Reed Organ and the Harmonium.  Vestal: Vestal Press, Ltd., 1996: pg. 58.  Google Books.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
[3]
Pianojanna.  "The Mason & Hamlin Story – Part 1."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 4 March 2007.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.   Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • "E. Hamlin Reed Musical Instrument."  Google Patents.  IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, n.d.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • "Improvement in Cabinet-Organs."  Google Patents.  IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, n.d.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Bush, Douglas Earl, and Richard Kassel, eds.  The Organ: An Encyclopedia.  New York and London: Routledge, 2006.  Google Books.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 18 Nov. 2015.