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Samick Music Corp. (SMC)
1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
615-206-0077
[email protected]
www.knabepianos.com

Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Inchon, South Korea; and Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Founded in Baltimore in 1837 by Wilhelm (William) Knabe, a German immigrant, Wm. Knabe & Co. established itself in the 19th and early 20th centuries as one of the finest piano makers in America. Over the years, Knabe pianos have left an important mark on the music field, including over 40 years as the official piano of the Metropolitan Opera, sponsoring Tchaikovsky’s appearance at the opening of Carnegie Hall, and their places inside the White House and Graceland. Today, Knabe is the official piano of the American Ballet Theatre at the Met. 2012 marks the company’s 175th anniversary.

As part of the consolidation of the American piano industry in the early 20th century, Knabe eventually became part of the Aeolian family of brands. Following Aeolian’s demise in 1985, the Knabe name became part of Mason & Hamlin, which was purchased out of bankruptcy in 1996 by the owners of PianoDisc. For a time, a line of Knabe pianos was made for PianoDisc by Young Chang in Korea and China. When the line was discontinued, Samick acquired the Wm. Knabe & Co. name. (Note: “Knabe” is pronounced using the hard K sound followed by “nobby.”)

SMC (Samick’s U.S. distribution subsidiary) began by using the Wm. Knabe name on some of the pianos formerly sold as the World Piano premium line of Samick instruments. In 2002, SMC developed the Concert Artist series for the Knabe name. Highlighting this series are the 5′ 8″ and 6′ 4″ grand models, which have been redesigned, based on the original 19th- and early 20th-century Knabe scale designs and cabinet styles in use when the company was based in Baltimore. Features include sand-cast plates, lacquer semigloss wood finishes, Renner actions on larger grands, German hammers, and rims of maple and oak. The company has added 5′ 3″, 7′ 6″, and 9′ 2″ models for the American market. The verticals feature unique cabinet designs with bird’s-eye maple and mahogany inlays, rosewood key inserts, and tone escapement. The 52″ upright includes a full sostenuto, hand-activated mute rail, and agraffes throughout the bass section of the piano.

For two years, SMC completed assembly of Concert Artist grands at its Tennessee facility, with strung backs made in Indonesia or Korea. Now, most Knabe pianos are made in their entirety in Indonesia but are still uncrated in the U.S., where they are inspected, tuned, regulated, and voiced before being shipped to dealers.

In 2011, SMC unveiled two additional product lines within the Knabe family: the Academy and Baltimore series. The Academy series has many of the same features and specifications as the popular, upper-end, Kohler & Campbell Millennium brand, also made by Samick: a maple or beech inner rim (grands); a premium soundboard of solid white spruce; German hammers; a Samick Premium Action; satin lacquer semigloss wood finishes; and a Samick-made hornbeam action rail (larger verticals). (See Samick for more about Kohler & Campbell.) The Academy series also boasts two institutional studio uprights, the WMV245 and WMV247, both with full-length music racks, the WMV247 also with agraffes through the bass section.

The Baltimore series offers a more modestly priced alternative to the institutional Academy series or upper-end Concert Artist series. This line features an all-spruce “surface tension” (veneered) soundboard. The grands provide a full sostenuto pedal, slow-close fallboard, fully adjustable music desk and rack, multiple finishes in both satin ebony and wood tones, and, recently, a new designer grand with accents of Bubinga or African Pommele. The verticals showcase a wide range of sizes and cabinet styles, including wood tones in French cherry, traditional mahogany, and Renaissance walnut.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Knabe, Wm. Baltimore Series Verticals
WV 43 43 Continental Polished Ebony 9,392 6,367
WV 243F 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 10,292 6,881
WV 243T 43 Satin Mahogany/Walnut 10,292 6,881
WV 115 45 Satin Ebony 11,316 7,466
WV 115 45 Polished Ebony 10,292 6,881
WV 115 45 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 11,578 7,616
WV 118H 46.5 Satin Ebony 11,965 7,837
WV 118H 46.5 Polished Ebony 11,578 7,616
Knabe, Wm. Academy Series Verticals
WMV 245 45 Satin Ebony 11,191 7,395
WMV 245 45 Polished Ebony 10,679 7,102
WMV 247 46.5 Satin Ebony/Walnut 12,865 8,351
WMV 247 46.5 Polished Ebony 12,478 8,130
WMV 647F 46.5 French Provincial Satin Cherry 13,045 8,454
WMV 647R 46.5 Renaissance Satin Walnut 13,045 8,454
WMV 647T 46.5 Satin Mahogany 13,045 8,454
WMV 121M 47.5 Satin Ebony 12,865 8,351
WMV 121M 47.5 Polished Ebony 12,478 8,130
WMV 132 52 Satin Ebony 15,825 10,043
WMV 132 52 Polished Ebony 15,051 9,601
Knabe, Wm. Concert Series Verticals
WKV 118F 46.5 French Provincial Lacquer Semigloss Cherry 18,011 11,292
WKV 118R 46.5 Renaissance Lacquer Satin Ebony 18,011 11,292
WKV 118R 46.5 Renaissance Lacquer Semigloss Walnut 18,011 11,292
WKV 118T 46.5 Lacquer Semigloss Mahogany 18,011 11,292
WKV 121 48 Satin Ebony 18,786 11,735
WKV 121 48 Polished Ebony 18,011 11,292
WKV 132MD 52 Satin Ebony 20,584 12,762
WKV 132MD 52 Polished Ebony 18,786 11,735
Knabe, Wm. Baltimore Series Grands
WG 49 4 9 Satin Ebony 22,708 13,976
WG 49 4 9 Polished Ebony 20,997 12,998
WG 49 4 9 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 23,570 14,469
WG 54 5 4 Satin Ebony 25,731 15,703
WG 54 5 4 Polished Ebony 23,932 14,675
WG 54 5 4 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 26,118 15,925
WG 54 5 4 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 29,978 18,130
WGS 54 5 4 Round Leg w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 34,225 20,557
WG 59 5 9 Satin Ebony 31,777 19,158
WG 59 5 9 Polished Ebony 29,591 17,909
WG 61 6 1 Satin Ebony 33,451 20,115
WG 61 6 1 Polished Ebony 31,777 19,158
Knabe, Wm. Academy Series Grands
WMG 610 5 9 Satin Ebony 35,637 21,364
WMG 610 5 9 Polished Ebony 33,838 20,336
WMG 660 6 1 Satin Ebony 39,884 23,791
WMG 660 6 1 Polished Ebony 38,210 22,834
WFM 700T 6 10 Satin Ebony 43,743 25,996
WFM 700T 6 10 Polished Ebony 42,070 25,040
Knabe, Wm. Concert Series Grands
WKG 53 5 3 Satin Ebony 42,844 25,482
WKG 53 5 3 Polished Ebony 41,557 24,747
WKG 58 5 8 Satin Ebony 52,750 31,143
WKG 58 5 8 Polished Ebony 51,463 30,407
WKG 70 7 0 Satin Ebony 72,436 42,392
WKG 70 7 0 Polished Ebony 71,149 41,657
WKG 76 7 6 Satin Ebony 74,884 43,791
WKG 76 7 6 Polished Ebony 73,723 43,127
WKG 90 9 2 Satin Ebony 189,904 109,517
WKG 90 9 2 Polished Ebony 184,758 106,576

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