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See also Samick.

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 7,295 5,398
WV 243F 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 7,995 5,798
WV 243T 43 Satin Mahogany/Walnut 7,995 5,798
WV 115 45 Satin Ebony 8,795 6,298
WV 115 45 Polished Ebony 7,995 5,798
WV 118H 46.5 Satin Ebony 9,295 6,598
WV 118H 46.5 Polished Ebony 8,995 6,398
Knabe, Wm. Academy Series Verticals
WMV 245 45 Satin Ebony 8,695 6,198
WMV 245 45 Polished Ebony 8,295 5,998
WMV 247 46.5 Satin Ebony 9,995 6,998
WMV 247 46.5 Polished Ebony 9,695 6,798
WMV 647F 46.5 French Provincial Satin Cherry 9,695 6,798
WMV 647R 46.5 Renaissance Satin Walnut 9,695 6,798
WMV 647T 46.5 Satin Mahogany 9,695 6,798
WMV 121M 47.5 Satin Ebony 9,995 6,998
WMV 121M 47.5 Polished Ebony 9,695 6,798
WMV 132 52 Satin Ebony 12,295 8,398
WMV 132 52 Polished Ebony 11,695 7,998
Knabe, Wm. Concert Series Verticals
WKV 118F 46.5 French Provincial Lacquer Semigloss Cherry 13,995 9,398
WKV 118R 46.5 Renaissance Lacquer Satin Ebony 13,995 9,398
WKV 118R 46.5 Renaissance Lacquer Semigloss Walnut 13,995 9,398
WKV 118T 46.5 Lacquer Semigloss Mahogany 13,995 9,398
WKV 121 48 Satin Ebony 14,595 9,798
WKV 121 48 Polished Ebony 13,995 9,398
WKV 132MD 52 Satin Ebony 15,995 10,598
WKV 132MD 52 Polished Ebony 14,595 9,798
Knabe, Wm. Baltimore Series Grands
WG 50 5 0 Satin Ebony 18,295 11,998
WG 50 5 0 Polished Ebony 17,295 11,398
WG 50 5 0 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 18,595 12,198
WG 54 5 4 Satin Ebony 19,995 12,998
WG 54 5 4 Polished Ebony 18,595 12,198
WG 54 5 4 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 20,295 13,198
WG 54 5 4 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 23,295 14,998
WSG 54 5 4 M Leg w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 26,595 16,998
WG 59 5 9 Satin Ebony 24,695 15,798
WG 59 5 9 Polished Ebony 22,995 14,798
WG 61 6 1 Satin Ebony 25,995 16,598
WG 61 6 1 Polished Ebony 24,695 15,798
Knabe, Wm. Academy Series Grands
WMG 610 5 9 Satin Ebony 27,695 17,598
WMG 610 5 9 Polished Ebony 26,295 16,798
WMG 660 6 1 Satin Ebony 30,995 19,598
WMG 660 6 1 Polished Ebony 29,695 18,798
WFM 700T 6 10 Satin Ebony 33,995 21,398
WFM 700T 6 10 Polished Ebony 32,695 20,598
Knabe, Wm. Concert Series Grands
WKG 53 5 3 Satin Ebony 33,295 20,998
WKG 53 5 3 Polished Ebony 32,295 20,398
WKG 58 5 8 Satin Ebony 40,995 25,598
WKG 58 5 8 Polished Ebony 39,995 24,998
WKG 70 7 0 Satin Ebony 56,295 34,798
WKG 70 7 0 Polished Ebony 55,295 34,198
WKG 76 7 6 Satin Ebony 58,195 35,898
WKG 76 7 6 Polished Ebony 57,295 35,398
WKG 90 9 2 Satin Ebony 147,595 89,598
WKG 90 9 2 Polished Ebony 143,595 87,198

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