Hamilton Model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Bass at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

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Hamilton 4’-10” Baby Grand Piano.

  Dwight Hamilton Baldwin founded the D. H. Baldwin Piano Company in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1862, a perilous time in American history with the Civil War raging. Mr. Baldwin was a piano and organ dealer, and he originally used his middle name on a line of organs he began building around 1888. Some sources say he was a Presbyterian minister in addition to being a piano teacher. Hamilton piano models came out in the early 1890’s and eventually included grands, uprights and the Hamilton Manualo player-piano. The Hamilton studio upright “School piano” was their most popular and well-known model because they were popular in institutional venues like music departments in schools, conservatories of music, teaching studios, houses of worship, entertainment venues and serious pianists needing a rugged rehearsal instrument. They were found anywhere pianos were meant to experience harsh and constant use. Their full upright pianos of 56 to 59-inches height were popular around the turn of the century (1900) and they were adorned in elaborate furniture and cabinetry styles featuring wood carvings and embellishments. Our shop has seen many of them over the years and it’s quite impressive when they are still viable as one-hundred and twenty year-old musical instruments and still holding tune.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Dwight Hamilton Baldwin, founder, est. 1862.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Tenor at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Lid closed for quieter practice and a handsome way to display your piano.

This piano was originally purchased as a beautiful décor piece with no intention of ever playing it. A formal room isn’t complete without eighty-eight black and white piano keys. So it was the elegant focal point of its room surrounded by fine art, sculpture and other furnishings. As a result, the piano is in flawless condition with a minimum of wear. The piano-action hasn’t even been broken in yet, so you can do it! The tone is mellow and it has a nice sustain even though it’s a smaller piano. The robust bass response is a little surprising given its size. It has a pretty treble, bell-like and clear. The tone certainly wouldn’t fill a concert hall but it has a pretty tone with a nice dynamic range. It’s fun to play!

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Rim at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The inner rim inside is finished in a satin mahogany finish to compliment the ebony polish cabinet.

Hamilton model H396 Baby Grand piano, 4’-10” length, S# KB8120, Mfg. 2005, Ebony polish finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $5950.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Front at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The graceful focal point of any formal living room.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Treble at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically.

After the Baldwin Piano Co. bankruptcy in 2001 Gibson Guitars acquired the company’s remaining assets through the bankruptcy court with the stated intention of restoring the Baldwin Piano Company to its former glory. Gibson is a multi-national company and has factories all over the globe for the numerous products they offer. They are especially respected for the design and quality of their guitars that many of the world’s finest guitarists play. Gibson acquired an existing piano factory in Guangdong Province, China and expanded it, then renamed it Baldwin Zhongshan Piano Instrument Company in order to build Baldwin, Hamilton and J. C. Fisher pianos. That is where this piano was built in 2005.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

A well-designed and engineered piano.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Soundboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The soundboard is long-grained high-grade spruce wood.

Baldwin – America’s Favorite Piano.