The piano is a wonderful instrument. Elegant in appearance and tone, its beauty belies the difficult and intensive process required to make one. Skilled craftsmen build them entirely by hand – there is no mechanical “piano cutter” – and the process takes a year or more. It’s fascinating to watch, and Steinway offers 3-hour tours in their Queens factory that are both informative and free. But for those of us who won’t make that journey for awhile, or if you’re considering a purchase, here’s a fascinating video that shows how a Mason and Hamlin grand piano is crafted.
An excellent piano buying guide can be found on Kent Moore’s blog. Published as a series of nine articles, the guide walks the customer through the entire process, from establishing a budget to taking lessons.