Golden Walnut Kimball Spinit Piano 88 Keys 3 Pedals
This beautiful Kimball Spinet piano is encased in genuine walnut wood. The color is a golden shade. The top was refinished to remove cup marks. The piano holds a tune well and will be tuned before pick up. I encourage prospective buyers to personally visit this piano and play it before buying. The touch is very soft and responsive with no extra noises. The volume of sound is appropriate for home, student, small group, and large group use. I have used this piano for teaching my piano students and for church use and have received compliments on the look and feel of the piano. It feels and sounds nice and has no annoying features. The bench lid wood was replaced and recovered. All 88 keys and 3 pedals are in great shape and work as intended. The serial number is S83524. The model number is 3747.
Why I am selling this piano: I am a certified piano technician who loves to play the piano. I especially like to take pianos in good mechanical condition and refinish them, play them for a several months to ensure that all annoying problems are fixed, then sell them. Many times a good piano is overlooked because someone put a cup of water on the lid and left it there to condensate. I use professional auto body tools to create the smoothest possible surface and personally color match the refinishing products. Due to space concerns, I have to limit myself to under 6 pianos at a time. This one is done, and I am ready to take on my next project, a Steinway Sheridan from the 1960′s. The sale of the pianos I list provides supplementary income for my piano tuning and lesson business, Julia Race Music Services. One of my goals is to help others enjoy their piano.
If you would like to meet this piano, please call me at (570) 295-0371. This piano is located in Lock Haven, P.A. 17745.
“Established 1857. An old and distinguished house of international standing and reputation. Since its inception, the firm has been under the continuous ownership and control of the Kimball family. One of the world’s quality manufacturers of pianos, grand pianos, consoles, consolettes, spinets and studio models. The unlimited enterprise and commercial strength of the W. W. Kimball Co., Chicago, manufacturers of the “Kimball” piano have pushed forward the fame and triumphs of the instrument. The “Kimball” has received endorsements from both the public and the professional, on the artistic elements of the piano world and that to an extent that has been rarely equaled. The Kimball received the highest awards Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1902, and the Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, l910 and 1912. The Kimball is made under conditions which, to an almost absolute degree assure perfect adaptation and fitting together of its parts. The plant in which it is manufactured is one of the finest and best equipped in the world there being few which approach it in magnitude of production or in the perfection of its adaptation to the purpose for which it is designed. The manufacturers of the “Kimball” are men of long experience in the musical instrument industry. The Kimball concert grand has been used by and is the preference of and has been endorsed by a large number of artists many of whom while using it has scored their greatest public triumphs as concert soloists.” – http://bluebookofpianos.com/agesk.htm#KIMBALL
KIMBALL, W. W.
“Established 1857. An old and distinguished house of international standing and reputation. Since its inception, the firm has been under the continuous ownership and control of the Kimball family. One of the world’s quality manufacturers of pianos, grand pianos, consoles, consolettes, spinets and studio models.
The Kimball plant, occupies approximately 200,000 square feet of floor space. The building is equipped with modern machinery and appliances for an ideal mixture of fine craftsmanship and modern methods. In the manufacture of these instruments the best and most reliable materials are used and an exceptionally high class of labor is employed. Completion of the plant in May, 1956, revealed completely new dry kiln and lumber handling equipment, extensive conveyor systems, and the air-conditioned office facilities. The program included acquisition of the newest modern machinery, including many special machines developed by Kimball engineers and employees.
The Kimball line of grands includes several sizes Vertical type pianos included a special school and studio model. Artist Console, Consolette, and Spinet models were available in a wide range of modern and period designs. The Kimball Consolette has four exclusive Tone-Touch features: The Kimball Pipe-Organ Tone Chamber, produced through the combined skill of the Company’s pipe organ and piano technicians; the Kimball Unilocked Scale; the Kimball patented Direct Blow Action; and the new Kimball Life-crowned Toneboard, which will not split or crack open and permanently holds the crown developed through years of research and experiment. The Kimball technical staff draws all scales, designs’ actions and cases and various other parts; thus insuring the precision and uniform quality that are so important to the performance of a fine piano. The company even operates a completely equipped machine shop where have been built many ingenious special machines found only in this plant.
The Kimball instruments have won recognition at many of the world’s expositions, among these the Chicago Columbian Exposition, 1893, gave the Kimball Co. “an award of superlative merit” for having attained the highest standard of excellence in its particular manufacture. The international Jury of Awards of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at Seattle, 1909, conferred the highest award upon Kimball grands and uprights and pipe organs, stating, “Their upright and grand pianos typify the highest perfection in tone, scale, action and design, in American piano making.” At the Trans-Mississippi Exposition at Omaha, Nebr., in 1898, Kimball pianos received the diploma and only gold medal awarded any piano. Highest awards from the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco were announced in the summer of 1916, Grand piano medal. Hundreds of world famous musicians and singers have used Kimball pianos, 100th in public and for their private use, and have given them unqualified endorsements. The Kimball is heard on the concert stage today as it has been continuously for over half a century. Several thousand churches, schools, colleges and public institutions have purchased Kimball pianos. Among the colleges, universities and conservatories which have purchased Kimball pianos: Cosmopolitan School of Music, American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, Barry College, Miami, Fla., Birmingham Conservatory of Music, Ward Belmont College, Detroit Conservatory of Music, U. S. Military Academy (West Point), Stephens College, Christian College, Oregon State College, Universities of Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Delaware, Southern California, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Washington. Public schools in Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; Cleveland, Ohio; Providence, R. I.; St. Paul, Minnesota; Kansas City, Missouri; Washington, D. C.; Los Angeles, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Wilmington, Delaware; Youngstown, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; and over a thousand other schools. Several thousand Kimball pianos are used in churches and in associated schools. A large number of radio stations, hotels and other public institutions have also purchased and are using Kimball pianos.
Kimball was the first to perfect a laminated spruce sounding board … one of the most important piano improvements in generations . . . as described above; first to develop electronic gluing, which permits using waterproof glues in piano case construction; first to pioneer lacquer to supplant varnish, producing a perfect finish, a better product . . . for less money; first to perfect a keybed leveling device which eliminates wedges and shims, produces a perfect key level; first to pioneer the type of white and black keys now used by the entire industry; first to make a piano in genuine fruitwood; first to design authentic French Provincial and Early American pianos; first to develop a grand scale for a 5′ size grand piano.” – http://bluebookofpianos.com/agesk.htm#KIMBALL
1900-71000 1920-322000 1930-383000 1940-442000
1905-140000 1921-328000 1931-386000 1941-442000
1910-211000 1922-336000 1932-389000 1942-444000
1913-258000 1923-344000 1933-392000 1943-WWII
1914-267800 1924-352000 1934-399000 1944-WWII
1915-279800 1925-360000 1935-406000 1945-WWII
1916-288000 1926-364000 1936-414000 1946-480000
1917-298200 1927-368000 1937-420000 1947-488000
1918-307000 1928-372100 1938-426000 1948-500000
1919-313000 1929-378000 1939-432000 1949-510000
Note: No production during WWII 1943/ 1944 / 1945
Vertical and Grand pianos after 1950:
1950-517000 1957-579000 1964-646800 1971-771000
1951-528000 1958-586500 1965-661300 1972-817000
1952-537020 1959-595500 1966-678500 1973-820000
1953-554200 1960-604000 1967-700100 1974-901000
1954-553000 1961-607400 1968-717900 1975-951000
1955-562300 1962-617900 1969-721500 1976-100010
1956-571300 1963-630500 1970-764200
According to Pierce :
“Since 1976 Kimball serial numbers are preceded by a letter; letters stand for: R=Kimball Brand, J=Jasper American private label, C=Conn, T=Misc. Kimball brand. Production of Grands stopped early 1996 and Verticals in April 1996.”
There are also A, S, B, D, numbers, but Pierce does not indicate what they stand for. All of these letter-preceded serial numbers are five digit numbers and cover the period from 1976 to 1996.
Group II includes pianos of excellent quality in a medium price range.
BRAND NAME SPINET CONSOLE STUDIO-UPRIGHT GRAND
Story & Clark $695 – $995 $755 – 860 $845 – $875
Krakauer $1,095 – $1,595 $1,125
Janssen $595 – $795 $795 – $1,120
Everett $810 – $1,010 $1,030 – $1,195
Kimball $750 – $780 $695 – 1,045 $750 – $800 $2,115 – $2,660
J & C Fischer $840 – $916 $830 – $840 $1,490 – $1,620
Gulbransen $550 – $995 $695 – $1,050 $825 – $925 $1895 – $1,995