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Hello PianoWorld,

This is my first time posting a thread. I must say I have learned so much on here and I am thankful to anyone who will be able to give me some advice/insight.

I am currently looking to upgrade from the piano I have now (Baldwin L 1980). I have been looking for something larger and more powerful (around 6’8” to 7’ or so). I came across a 1965 Mason and Hamlin BB where I live. This grand piano is all original and the seller informed me there was one previous owner (he knows of). He purchased the instrument in an estate sale-type thing, since the owner had passed. The seller is a piano tech/mover who has a warehouse (which is he keeps temperature regulated) and sells pianos out of there.

He is asking $16K but is definitely open to offers.

I have seen the piano and from what I can tell everything seems to look good. The case is in great condition and it plays nicely. Action is smooth, but could definitely use regulating.

I have been trying to research what a fair price would be, is $16K a fair price for this? I understand that this piano falls into a category where M&H’s quality wasn’t so good. Can anyone attest to this as well?

I appreciate any help!

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Caveat, there will be folks FAR more expert than me chiming in on MH eras vis a vis quality or lack thereof, and more expert than me on MHs generally.

That said, the BB can be an AWESOME beast, I worked on many over the decades that CLEARLY punched WAY above their weight as it were.

IF it's a good one (good basic MH BB genes and not too much wrong), then $16K IS a VERY good price IMO.

That's my 2 cents, now real experts will chime in I'm sure.

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Originally Posted by cschuh1
Hello PianoWorld,

This is my first time posting a thread. I must say I have learned so much on here and I am thankful to anyone who will be able to give me some advice/insight.

I am currently looking to upgrade from the piano I have now (Baldwin L 1980). I have been looking for something larger and more powerful (around 6’8” to 7’ or so). I came across a 1965 Mason and Hamlin BB where I live. This grand piano is all original and the seller informed me there was one previous owner (he knows of). He purchased the instrument in an estate sale-type thing, since the owner had passed. The seller is a piano tech/mover who has a warehouse (which is he keeps temperature regulated) and sells pianos out of there.

He is asking $16K but is definitely open to offers.

I have seen the piano and from what I can tell everything seems to look good. The case is in great condition and it plays nicely. Action is smooth, but could definitely use regulating.

I have been trying to research what a fair price would be, is $16K a fair price for this? I understand that this piano falls into a category where M&H’s quality wasn’t so good. Can anyone attest to this as well?

I appreciate any help!

I found three 1965-70 vintage BB's on sale on Pianomart. Prices range from $9K original condition to $35K totally restored. One has been slightly refurbished (down near San Diego) and is being offered for $14,500.

Follow this link and search for grand pianos built by M&H that are over 6 feet.

https://www.pianomart.com/

And yes, the Aeolian years were not M&H's best - but current condition is what really matters. It might be worth having the piano checked out by an independent tech.


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This is tricky, but if I were a prospective buyer, I would expect a tech selling an instrument to regulate it and prep it properly unless the asking price is low. $16k for a 60-year-old Mason BB is not a low price. That price for a similar vintage, all-original Baldwin F (another 7-footer) would also be too high, and Baldwins of the same era are held in higher regard than Aeolian Masons.

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