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FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan #2951122
10/02/18 08:41 PM
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Mike Martin Offline OP
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A parent of a friend of mine has a piano that they're getting rid of. I know nothing of its condition. Trying to get pictures. I can connect if interested.

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Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: Mike Martin] #2951132
10/02/18 10:45 PM
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Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: Tom Williams] #2951229
10/03/18 02:37 PM
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Some of those old Knabe pianos are classic and wonderful to play, if reasonably maintained. I played a new Knabe about 20 years back, when trying out pianos for home. I learned that several US brands had been taken over by manufacturers in the far east; also many long retired brand names were being resurrected and used by the same on entry level pianos. Knabe, as of 1998, was one of those brands. For a budget-level piano, it was quite good; though for same money I decided on a used Kawai grand. The resale value was much better when I sold that piano in 1992.

I haven't kept up with every extension of global piano manufacturing, but I'll bet it's still a myriad of long, twisted paths. From what I just gleaned from a quick search, piano manufacturing has been extending quite a bit further south from Japan and Korea; China, which was still on the bleeding edge when I was in the grand market 20 years ago, is well established. Meanwhile there's plenty happening in Indonesia. The store from which I bought my 2014 Kawai Upright informed me that the hammers were from Indonesia.


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Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: allan_evett] #2951408
10/04/18 07:45 PM
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Oh sheesh. I hope someone snatches this up and puts some love into it.


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Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: ElmerJFudd] #2951493
10/05/18 08:28 AM
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Might have been built in East Rochester, about 3 miles from my house, alongside some of the best pianos of that era.

Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: Mark Zeger] #2951527
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FWIW, I have a Knabe of that vintage, only slightly bigger by a few inches. It was kept up well and plays and sounds beautiful. I've played some other Knabe's (all US made) and they have all had a very nice action, lighter than the Yamaha's, Steinways, and Baldwins that I've played, which may or may not work for you. That's also a broad generalization across brands.

Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: zoooombiex] #2951560
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Knabe made excellent instruments, but it helps to have a tech evaluate the instrument--even though free, things like the tuning block can be bad (won't hold a pitch), cracks in sound board may or may not be an issue, action may be a problem, as well as hammer felt may be worn beyond ability to soften. Still, it's FREE! Larry Fine offers excellent advice on antique pianos (as well as new ones). Google for more info--he has an extensive website.

Re: FREE: Knabe 1903 5.5' Baby Grand / Manhattan [Re: VLH] #2951598
10/05/18 05:48 PM
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Yes, have a tech check it out first. But Knabe made some wonderful pianos.


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