Fully Restored Antique Knabe Parlour Grand Piano
Professional appraisal :
August 28, 2011
Dear Gail Tramontano,
In reference to your appraisal inquiry regarding your Knabe Grand Piano, Model 'B', Parlor Grand Piano, identification number 8772, (located on wood underneath by foot pedal attachment, built between 1860 and 1864. This piano is an antique. Antiques appreciate in value for reasons of age, artistic merit and craftsmanship. Its play and finish are perfect. In excellent condition. Professionally fully rebuilt 15 years ago by a professional and highly respected piano rebuilder; it has been disassembled, inspected, repaired as necessary with replacement of worn or deteriorated parts, reassembled, tested and approved to the tolerances of a new piano. Cabinet completely refinished. Each coat of new finish was then meticulously hand rubbed to gain the optimum walnut finish, looks perfect. Maintained in a climate controlled residential environment. This instrument is tuned and the value is $24,880.00. Based on the age, condition, size, grade and rarity of this instrument. This refers to the retail price that you would need to pay to buy the nearest equivalent to this piano. This is the amount an insurance company would pay in case of loss.
Grand pianos were generally classified in two categories: parlor grand and concert grand. The smaller of these categories was the parlor grand, which rarely measured less than 6 feet in length. (Smaller Baby Grand pianos were not widely manufactured until the 1920's) After a piano reached about 7'4' in length, it was generally considered to be a concert grand because of its enormous size and volume. In fact, the Grand Piano 0f the 1860s is amazingly similar to today's modern instrument in many ways. Most of the patents and designs developed for piano manufacturing were perfected in the 19th century and are still being widely used today!
KNABE & CO., WM., Est. 1839, as Knabe & Gaeble, by William Knabe and Gaehle in Baltimore, MD. William Knabe gained complete control in 1854 when Gaeble left the company. William Knabe died in 1864 and left the company to his two sons, Earnest and William. William Knabe, Jr. passed away in1889, at the age of 48, and Earnest died in 1894. The company was incorporated and in 1908 joined the American Piano Company. In 1932 Aeolian purchased American and formed the Aeolian-American Co. The factory was located in East Rochester, New York. Knabe became part of the Mason & Hamlin Corp., along with Sohmer, Falcone and George Steck. Mason & Hamlin stopped production in 1994. April 1996 Kirk and Gary Burgett, owners of Music SystemsResearch bought the assets of the company and announced plans to continue production. In mid 1996 Young Chang started building Knabe pianos for Mason& Hamlin. Music Systems plan was to replace the PianoDisc piano brand with the Knabe name. Sarnick Music Corp. now controls the Wm. Knabe name.
The craftsmanship that makes the Knabe a leader among all pianos is not an acquisition of one generation but a pedigree of skill that has continued from that idealistic beginning. Knabe pianos have always been distinctive for touch, durability and endurance, and their glorious tone combines power, sweetness, delicacy and a poetic singing quality. The pages of its history are rich with great names of composers, singers and pianists of highest renown whose musical triumphs have been shared by Knabe. It enjoyed a pleasant and intimate relation with such great figures in the world of music as: Puccini, Tschaikovsky, von Bulow, Lehar, Nordica, Calve, and Humperdinck. Exquisite styling and beauty of detail give Knabe encasements authentic decorative appeal to companion their remarkable tone so that they have been chosen by interior decorators and home lovers for the drawing rooms and apartments of hundreds of style-conscjous private owners; as well as by the most prominent music teachers, clubs, churches and other semi-private institutions throughout the country. Knabes are sold all over the United States by leading dealers who have been chosen for their long established reputation for responsibiity and ethical standards. Knabe became a part of Aeolian-American in 1903.
This company was created as a 'combine' of the finest pianos the world has ever seen. Company was established in 1903, later to become Aeolian-American. Subsidiary Companies Chickering & Sons, Boston, Mass., established 1823 Wm. Knabe & Co., Baltimore, Md., established 1837 Mason & Hamlin Co., Boston established 1854 Armstrong Co., Rochester, N. Y. which includes the following subsidiary companies Haines Bros., established 1851 Marshall & Wendell Piano Co., established 1835 Franklin Piano Co. established 1894; Foster & Co. established 1881; Armstrong Piano Co. established in 1884; Brewster Piano Co., established 1883; The Amphion Co., established 1903; also, East Rochester Iron Works and The Ampico Corporation
The work force included only excellent craftsmen under the direction of people who had been associated with these fine makes for many years, thus preserving unimpaired the Individual and distinctive quality of each piano. The affiliation of the various houses that formed this large and powerful contributing force to the art of music, insures for each a wider scope for musical activity in that each of its units was of the highest quality in its grade, which had an extraordinary economy of production. Aeolian was one of the pioneers in producing and placing on the market the highly desirable vertical piano, and had constantly made outstanding advances in the art of piano styling and acoustical design. Aeolian was one of today's largest producers of grand pianos. Instruments made by Aeolian American Division enjoy unquestioned reputation through the world and are sold by leading music merchants everywhere.
The appraisal values are stated in U.S. Dollars and are based on market values from several sources. Based on comparisons of pianos of this age, condition and nature offered for sale in newspapers and the internet by private parties, music stores, auction houses, and piano teachers, These values are certified through research in Directories of the Music Industry such as, The Presto Piano Buyers Guide, The Pierce Musical Instrument Atlas, The Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments and The Bluebook of Pianos, and the Piano Times Newspaper. Our appraisals adhere to the Ethics and guidelines of The International Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. All of our appraisals follow the mandates of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 2009.
Robert T. Furst - Author
Bluebook of Pianos
Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca. 92688
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