Wm Knabe’s rich history began more than 200 years ago when William Knabe was born in Kreuzburg, Germany in 1803. Knabe learned the art of cabinet and piano making through apprenticeships, dedication and hard work. After immigrating to the United States and settling in Baltimore, Maryland, Wm Knabe began working under Henry Hartye, a well-known piano maker. In 1835, William formed his own business of buying, selling and repairing used pianos from inside his home.
Wm Knabe partnered with Henry Gaehle to form the piano company Knabe and Gaehle, the genesis of Knabe’s storied history. Knabe and Gaehle built high-quality grands, uprights, and squares at a small factory in Baltimore and managed to compete with other larger, more established American manufacturers.
Knabe and Gaehle became a part of American history when in 1838, Francis Scott Key, composer of The Star Spangled Banner, commissioned Knabe Piano to custom build a square grand piano for his home.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the world’s greatest conductor of his time, was the guest of honor for the official opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. Wm Knabe sponsored Tchaikovsky’s appearance as guest conductor for the opening engagement and featured a Knabe Grand Piano that historic night as Tchaikovsky ushered in the evening’s concert and led the New York Music Society's orchestra in his Festival Coronation March.
In 1926, Wm Knabe & Co. recorded history once again, as it was chosen to be the official piano of the New York Metropolitan Opera. A Knabe Concert Grand Piano was played by some of the great artists of that celebrated organization, including Rosa Ponselle, a mainstay at the New York Metropolitan Opera and one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years.
Wm. Knabe Pianos are handmade, limited production pianos created in the finest tradition of over 300 years of piano crafting. Production pianos have their place in the world of music. They are tonally consistent and durable, but they lack the soul of a handcrafted Knabe Piano. Each handmade Knabe Piano has its own personality. When you play a Wm Knabe Piano, you will sense the difference. The rich and wondrous tonal quality of the Knabe Piano has often been described as the nearest approach to the human singing voice. Listen to the tone of today's Knabe Piano, no piano in the world has a voice quite like it.
BABY GRAND PLAYER PIANO FOR SALE
Wm Knabe & Co Baby Grand Player Piano • Model WG50
5′ Polished Ebony Baby Grand Piano with a QRS Player system installed. Original Artist player piano system. Includes a Warranty, 10-Year Trade Up Plan and a matching bench. Come see, play and listen to this Beautiful Baby Grand Player Piano Today.
Retail Price: $21,999. Sale Price: $14,999
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Wm Knabe & Co - Studio Upright Piano
Model 118-R, Made in USA. Used Knabe Upright Piano in Mint Condition with a Beautiful Satin Oak finish. Bench, Warranty and a Ten-Year Trade-Up Plan Included. Retail: $5,999 Sale Price: $2,499