Piano News Etc., Ken Hannah.com

The best Christmas ever
December 5, 2017, 6:59 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

A Christmas piano~!!   It makes my Christmas — of all things — when the season unfolds  around such a gift as this!   In this case, 2 lucky young students, both working hard and enjoying their playing, were surprised by this beautiful Steinway grand.   What a lucky family and how enriching for the players.   It *did* arrive a few weeks early because the parents couldn’t wait!    Deck the Halls has never sounded so good!

Fa, la, la, la, la………..


Louis 16th Steinway Grand
July 17, 2015, 4:45 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

Ken has just finished working on this amazing Louis the 16th Steinway C.  Always fun to see one of these old (1860) art case grands.  I got to play it “in” a bit one night….. all 7’4′ of it.   The night couldn’t be long enough!  Believe me, a bass like that takes your breath away!  The owner is readying this instrument to have in his home for his children to learn to play! Lucky kids, eh?

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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Man + Machine
April 16, 2013, 8:47 pm
Filed under: News, The pianos in and out, The Spirit of it all


The nuts and bolts of a Steinway grand

The nuts and bolts of a Steinway grand


I  was warned about the difficulty of keeping up a “news” section in a website. …..

Belatedly I am adding this great picture of Ken explaining the workings of a Steinway at Lynn Hutchinson’s CANVAS event in Los Angeles, February 17th, 2013.  The concert was the music of Rachmaninoff and an in depth and very unusual look at the instrument delivering that lush, romantic music.

An unforgettable night for all.


It’s an honor
October 9, 2012, 3:21 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

It’s an honor to have this amazing Steinway concert grand from Gustavus College here in our shop.  Happens that this is the third 9 ft. piano that Ken has worked on this summer!  How gratifying.   Anyone with the opportunity to make music on such an instrument counts him or herself lucky.   So inspirational to have that kind of musical potential under your fingers.

A special, special gift.
December 16, 2011, 4:58 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

a Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday piano!

A young high school player came home from school this week to find this instrument in his home. … Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas from his father!   Gotta love it.     Wish I could have gotten a big red bow on it, but Ken forgot to tell me which day was the delivery day.

A Parisian antique Mustel Celeste!
October 21, 2011, 12:29 am
Filed under: The pianos in and out, Uncategorized

A Parisian Mustel celeste!

Cool.. we have an old, old French celeste in the shop!   Likely a good deal more than 100 years old!  Great project and will be very satisfying to refurbish.    Can’t help but play the Harry Potter themes on it!!

From Wikipedia:

“The celesta was invented in 1886 by Parisian harmonium builder Auguste Mustel. His father, Victor Mustel, had developed the forerunner of the celesta, the typophone or the dulcitone, in 1860. This consisted of struck tuning forks   instead of metal plates, but the sound produced was considered too small to be of use in an orchestral situation.”

Available to a good home
February 1, 2011, 7:49 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

Hamilton Grand on St. Olaf auction

Ken has offered this 1925 Baldwin Hamilton 5’2″ Mahogany Grand Piano to the St. Olaf Black & Gold Winter Gala to be auctioned at the event on February 19th.

In a nutshell: nice size instrument for most homes, great piano for a family with student players, newly re-built, nice case.   We are hoping that a good match can be made at the event.   Do alert any of your friends who may have dreams of a new instrument!


We are happy to offer this donation to the college, it is the kind that fits for us.  I’ve always wanted to donate a piano to a practice room as a swan song; thankfully I’m not quite there!

Hoping the Gala is a huge success and that this little grand will find it’s happy home.