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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 7,519 5,663
WV 243F 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 8,910 6,094
WV 243T 43 Satin Mahogany/Walnut 8,910 6,094
WV 115 45 Satin Ebony 9,797 6,607
WV 115 45 Polished Ebony 8,910 6,094
WV 115 45 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 10,024 6,710
WV 118H 46.5 Satin Ebony 10,360 6,936
WV 118H 46.5 Polished Ebony 10,024 6,710
Knabe, Wm. Academy Series Verticals
WMV 245 45 Satin Ebony 9,689 6,504
WMV 245 45 Polished Ebony 9,246 6,299
WMV 247 46.5 Satin Ebony/Walnut 11,138 7,348
WMV 247 46.5 Polished Ebony 10,803 7,143
WMV 647F 46.5 French Provincial Satin Cherry 10,803 7,143
WMV 647R 46.5 Renaissance Satin Walnut 10,803 7,143
WMV 647T 46.5 Satin Mahogany 10,803 7,143
WMV 121M 47.5 Satin Ebony 11,138 7,348
WMV 121M 47.5 Polished Ebony 10,803 7,143
WMV 132 52 Satin Ebony 13,702 8,826
WMV 132 52 Polished Ebony 13,031 8,416
Knabe, Wm. Concert Series Verticals
WKV 118F 46.5 French Provincial Lacquer Semigloss Cherry 15,594 9,896
WKV 118R 46.5 Renaissance Lacquer Satin Ebony 15,594 9,896
WKV 118R 46.5 Renaissance Lacquer Semigloss Walnut 15,594 9,896
WKV 118T 46.5 Lacquer Semigloss Mahogany 15,594 9,896
WKV 121 48 Satin Ebony 16,265 10,327
WKV 121 48 Polished Ebony 15,594 9,896
WKV 132MD 52 Satin Ebony 17,822 11,169
WKV 132MD 52 Polished Ebony 16,265 10,327
Knabe, Wm. Baltimore Series Grands
WG 49 4 9 Satin Ebony 19,661 12,218
WG 49 4 9 Polished Ebony 18,179 11,374
WG 49 4 9 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 20,407 12,628
WG 54 5 4 Satin Ebony 22,278 13,698
WG 54 5 4 Polished Ebony 20,720 12,854
WG 54 5 4 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 22,613 13,924
WG 54 5 4 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 25,955 15,814
WSG 54 5 4 M Leg w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 29,632 17,929
WG 59 5 9 Satin Ebony 27,512 16,677
WG 59 5 9 Polished Ebony 25,620 15,607
WG 61 6 1 Satin Ebony 28,961 17,519
WG 61 6 1 Polished Ebony 27,512 16,677
Knabe, Wm. Academy Series Grands
WMG 610 5 9 Satin Ebony 30,854 18,567
WMG 610 5 9 Polished Ebony 29,297 17,724
WMG 660 6 1 Satin Ebony 34,531 20,684
WMG 660 6 1 Polished Ebony 33,082 19,840
WFM 700T 6 10 Satin Ebony 37,873 22,594
WFM 700T 6 10 Polished Ebony 36,424 21,752
Knabe, Wm. Concert Series Grands
WKG 53 5 3 Satin Ebony 37,094 22,162
WKG 53 5 3 Polished Ebony 35,980 21,526
WKG 58 5 8 Satin Ebony 45,671 27,034
WKG 58 5 8 Polished Ebony 44,557 26,395
WKG 70 7 0 Satin Ebony 62,715 36,773
WKG 70 7 0 Polished Ebony 61,601 36,137
WKG 76 7 6 Satin Ebony 64,835 37,944
WKG 76 7 6 Polished Ebony 63,829 37,410
WKG 90 9 2 Satin Ebony 164,419 94,761
WKG 90 9 2 Polished Ebony 159,964 92,234

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