Lorek Family Piano is proud to offer this unique and rare Mason and Hamlin Screw Stringer Grand from 1897.
This special piano is currently in our shop awaiting a full rebuild for the right customer. This piano was owned by a single family since new up until last year. It's current condition shows that it was loved, well cared for and properly maintained the last 124 years with multiple restrings including replacement hammers, as well as various action refurbishments. The ivories on this piano are near mint and are stunning. While the piano currently plays and sounds decent for being over a century old it's time for a full-scale rebuild.
All rebuilt pianos include a 5yr parts/labor warranty.
This piano will be rebuilt including:
- New spruce soundboard
- New bridges
- New strings
- New damper felts
- Re-bronzed plate
- New hammers, shanks, flanges
- Fully reconditioned, touch weighted, and regulated action
- Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System
*** Nationwide shipping is available ***
The original finish on this piano is still quite good and shows minor repairs and wear. We highly suggest not refinishing this piano and keeping the character it so gracefully exhibits.
A bit about the Screw Stringer Mechanism:
It was patented in July, 1883, the “Screw Stringer” mechanism allowed Mason & Hamlin pianos “the phenomenal capacity to stay in tune“. Unlike conventional tuning pins that are driven into a wooden pin-block, the “Screw Stringer” system attached the wires to vertical “hooks” that are threaded through metal collars and supported by the iron harp. Since the tension of the strings is dependent on the stability of the cast-iron harp rather than a wooden pin-block, the tuning stability of the Mason & Hamlin Screw Stringer was substantially improved over conventional pianos. The firm claimed that a piano with their “Screw Stringer” system would reduce the need for tuning by 75 percent!
Although the “Screw Stinger” was a superior design, it was not widely successful in the marketplace. Piano tuners were slow to adapt to this unconventional design because they were afraid of what they did not understand. Because of industry pushback, Mason & Hamlin reluctantly discontinued the “Screw Stringer” design before 1900.