Mason & Hamlin Model A

Mason & Hamlin Model A

Story

My father passed away early this year. We were lucky enough to have a funeral before the COVID19 lockdown, but because all of us are sheltered at home we cannot go to his house and sort through the family belongings.

In his house there’s an AB Chase baby grand piano that I learned to play on. It’s out of tune and needs a total overhall, and we fear that it will end up in the junk heap as not many pianos from the Golden Age are being restored unless they have Steinway written on them.

I didn’t realize that I had a connection to that instrument until last year after I bought a restored 1928 Mason & Hamlin Model A. Last year visiting my dad, my kids were playing his piano and told me that it sounds similar to our M&H. I guess I gravitated toward this sound character as many pianos of this era (made in America) have the “American” sound.

So, to practice sampling and mastering the Kontakt workflow, I decided to sample my Mason & Hamlin Model A. When the lockdown opens, I’ll sample my Dad’s AB Chase for posterity.

Stereo recording was done using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and two Audio Technica AT2035’s. A brighter sounding Samson GoMic was used a bit further from the piano – it’s what I had. Add some reverb to the SFZ files.

 


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Great sounding piano

5.0 rating
July 25, 2021

I love the sound of this piano

Peter Siroki

This is the best piano instrument I've come across so far

5.0 rating
April 25, 2021

Title says it all really. What a fantastic instrument. Thank you so much!

Will Sadler

This is the piano that ruined all others for me..

5.0 rating
April 11, 2021

When i was younger I was searching for a grand piano. I found a man that had restored many pianos. His house and workshop were full of antique pianos restored to new order. There was one that I didn’t recognize. It was a Mason and Hamlin model A. It broke my heart. I could not afford it. And after I played it all there rest were found lacking to my ears. This is a beautiful gift to me and means more that you can know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is beautiful.

Harrison Winter aka Daniel Shattuck

I am speechless

5.0 rating
December 21, 2020

I can’t believe my ears! This grand sounds so wonderful! I own many very pricey vst’s but this one is one of the best I own for lyrical pieces! Incredible, fantastic playability.

Gamma1734

Love it

5.0 rating
September 30, 2020

This piano sounds like it was loved

Jeffrey Matthews

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A beautifully restored 1928 Mason & Hamlin Model A recorded with two Audio Technica AT2035’s and a Samson GoMic.

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