Hazelton Bros. built over half a million pianos in New York between the 1850s and the 1950s. This piano has been well cared for and was restored not long ago. The original keytops are in stellar condition!
The piano has been restrung with new tuning pins and damper felts. It also has a new set of hammers, and the case has been refinished. The methodology and materials used in the manufacturing of this piano are incredibly similar to how Steinway & Sons and Mason & Hamlin produced pianos at that time. The piano features a wet sand casted plate instead of the quicker vacuum mold process used in mass-produced pianos today. This, along with the high-quality hardwoods (instead of the soft luan mahogany pervasive in Asian pianos) results in a rich, sustained tone with a warm quality rarely found in pianos today.
The piano has a fairly easy action and a rich tone that is even from top to bottom. When you sit down to play this piano, you appreciate the high-quality sound that is possible from hand-built pianos produced in the Golden Era of American piano manufacturing. As time goes on, there are fewer and fewer examples of the great American pianos from years ago. Today, there are only two companies manufacturing pianos in North America. When this piano was made, there were hundreds of companies producing pianos in the U.S.A., and Hazelton Bros. was among a handful of companies producing high-quality instruments to last generations.