The Hamilton Piano — An American Pride

by Tania Gleaves on January 11, 2014

An American Piano

When the subject of piano brands comes up in a conversation, often the very first described are foreign. This is an unfortunate beginning for a piano conversation because some of the most renowned pianos were manufactured right here in the United States. The Hamilton is one of those instruments and if you’re going to provide a quality conversation, you’re going to have to address the significant historical contributions of the Hamilton Piano.

Situated in one of the cultural meccas of the nation, the Hamilton Piano Co. factories operate in Chicago, Illinois. If we think about the significance that Chicago plays in the history of music, it isn’t difficult to understand how Hamilton pianos contributed to one of the greatest forms of music that we have today: Jazz.

A Jazz Piano

To a large extent, pianos are often associated with classical music. But Chicago is home to some of the greatest jazz pianists known across the worlds. When we combine the power and beauty of the Hamilton piano with the innovations of jazz, we get a re-awakening of just how wonderful this piano sounds.

Generations upon generations have experienced jazz piano in some form or fashion even if it wasn’t recognized as such. But there really is no other feeling quite like the one experienced with the Hamilton. Its rich sounds, unique to the American ear, only make our appreciation deeper — eliciting feelings that are in a way grounding and endearing.

This is not to say that Hamiltons are exclusive. Very much like other pianos, they have a way of connecting the pianist to the listener regardless of cultural differences even if only for a brief minute, and they have a way of enabling a cross-cultural appreciation as well. Numerous Hamilton-playing jazz musicians enjoy just as popularity across seas as they do on their home turf. This of course, being the result of quality tones coming from quality equipment: The Hamilton piano.

Jazz Or Classical

When it comes to the historical contributions of American musicians and manufactures, the answer seems self-evident. Quality takes precedence over quantity every time and that’s a reality readily evident through this brand. The preference for such is varied, but the end result is always the same: Pure enjoyment.

So the next time you find yourself engaged in a conversation about playing the piano, piano brands, or pianos in general, remember the Hamilton. Not all of the greats emerged from foreign soil. Some of them were born right here on native land!

Whatever debate there may be concerning pianos manufactured in American factories, there can be little argument against the high quality of the Hamilton and all one really has to do to refute this claim is to listen to the music that it makes. There will always be opportunities to enjoy the brand and chances are that once it’s experienced, either as Jazz or classical, those who believe otherwise will quickly sing a different tune!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rodney Wickline September 24, 2010 at 7:48 am

I have a 1951 Hamilton baby grand serial number 146989. I am curious of it’s value.

kl strickler January 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

We recently received an upright Hamilton piano serial number 75901 and we were wondering the history if it. How old and maybe today’s value. Thank you!

Judy Thompson March 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hi,,,, we have a 1949 upright Hamilton Player Piano, built in Chicago.
We would like to know what this might be worth, and if you could
provide us with any history of this piano.
Thank you,,
Judy Thompson

K GRIFFIN April 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION AS TO THE YEAR BUILT AND CURRENT VALUE – IT HAS SOME MISSING KEY TOPS – MOST LIKELY NEEDS TUNING.

#14748 HAMILTON – CHICAGO UPRIGHT GRAND PIANO
EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE INTERNATIONALE 1900
REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE

Donna August 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I recently purchased an 1897 Hamilton Upright Grand serial # 27695. It has three panels on the front and the two on either side have small holes like it had sconces on them. I was wondering if anyone has photos or can tell me where I can get replacements (if needed). Thanks!!!

Mary Rose Epperson August 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I have a Hamilton Mahogany 6′ Baby Grand Piano, serial#127099. I believe it was made in the early thirties. The case and the piano are in excellent condition and I am looking for a resale value.

Thanks very much!

Jill November 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I have a Cabinet Hamilton Grand Chicago USA piano With the number 7317. Would you be able to tell me when it was built? Also has a beautiful claw foot stool. Thanks Jill

Juan S.Gutierrez January 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I have a piano hamilton with the number 65063. I ned information of partes for restauration.
I live en Nicaragua, my email is gutza29@gmail.com

Jamie November 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I have a Hamilton upright serial number 50933. Can not find anything on it. HELP?

David Richards November 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I have a Hamilton Chicago USA upright piano very good condition, looks to be pretty old. I am looking to sell. Can you appraise it for me. Serial number 95636. Please let me know if pics would help. Please get back to me asap. Thank you David

Denise January 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I have a Hamilton upright built in 1900. It had new working put in around 1976. It has one broken hammer. Want to sell it and wonder what it is worth.

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