THIS IS ABSOLUTE BOTTOM DOLLAR!!! DON'T MISS OUT!!!
I HAVE NOT FOUND BUT A FEW KNABE & COMPANY PIANOS THIS OLD MUCH LESS IN THIS GOOD A CONDITION!!! Solid Mahoganey, Solid Ivory Keys. 85 keys. All keys work.
This is a one of a kind piano. My mother used to play this before she passed away almost 5 years ago. It hasn't been played or tuned since. But she used to play it regularly with and for my kids. Please feel free to email me with questions but I don't know a lot about pianos. But I do know I saw a William Knabe 1869 square grand sell for $45k. When I had this listed on ebay for 20 days, there was approx 100 views daily. Definately an interesting piece.
In 1839 Knabe formed a partnership with Henry Gaehle for the purpose of manufacturing pianos and by 1841 they moved to larger workshops at 13 South Liberty street. In 1843 they opened warerooms at the corner of Eutaw street and Cowpen alley, and four years later removed their warerooms to 9 Eutaw street, opposite the Eutaw house, selling pianos priced between $180 and $400. By 1852 they had expanded to 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11 Eutaw streets. Knabe & Gaehle won first premiums for square pianos from the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of Mechanic Arts in 1848, 1849 and 1850, as well as for grand pianos in 1849.
In 1852 the company reorganized as Knabe, Gaehle & Co. with the admission of Edward Betts as partner (SO THIS MUST BE ONE OF THE LAST PIANOS MADE BY KNABE & COMPANY BEFORE THEY CHANGED THEIR NAME) and by 1853 advertised their establishment was the largest in the south, employing over 100 workmen. They manufactured six to seven octave pianos with "a double action, like Chickering's" selling for between $200 and $500.
ONE REPUTABLE WEBSITE STATES:
"HERE ARE SOME LISTS OF PIANOS ACCORDING TO QUALITY"
"Exceptional Quality Pianos worth buying used include:
Steinway & Sons
Mason & Hamlin
Notable Knabe Testimonials
"It gives me pleasure to state that the grand pianos upon which I played at the houses of several of my friends in this city, are instruments of the very first merit. The quality of tone is remarkable for its prolongation -singing quality- combining both sweetness and great power. The action is very easy, and at the same time elastic, enables the artist to vary the tone from the greatest softness to the most powerful fortissimo by the touch alone. Allow me, gentlemen, to congratulate you on the perfection which you have attained in your instruments. I regret that you were not represented at the Exposition Universelle, as your name would certainly have added additional honor and success to American industry and skill.
Accept my most cordial regards."
Paris, 1st June, 1867
Antoine FranÃ§ois Marmontel
"Having had opportunity of playing upon one of Knabe's square pianos, in the house of an American family residing here, I cannot refrain from expressing my great appreciation of their beautiful qualities, as well as their tone as their workmanship- apparent most carefully selected material, most excellent workmanship, solidity in remaining in tune, and even, round and smooth tone, approaching very nearly to that of a full Grand Piano, are the most notable peculiarities of this most excellent manufacture."
ZÃ¼rich, 5th May, 1869
"I take pleasure to state that the pianos of your manufacture deserve fully the fame they have acquired throughout the world. Your instruments -grands, squares, and uprights- are perfect in power and sweetness of tone; remarkable for the easy and even touch; in fact, first-class in every respect."
New York, August, 1882
Dr. Leopold Damrosch
"The Knabe pianos, which I did not know before, have been chosen for my present concert tour in the United States by my Impresario and accepted by me on the recommendation of my friend Bechstein, acquainted with their merits. Had I known these pianos as now I do, I would have chosen them by myself, as their sound and touch are more sympathetic to my ears and hands than all others of the country."
New York, 6th April, 1889
Dr. Hans von BÃ¼low
"You wish to know what I think of your pianos? I simply have the highest opinion possible of them. The ease and evenness of the action, the limpidity and charm of the tone, above all, that are rare quality possessed to sustain tone and sing like a human voice, as well as the varieties of the tone color met with, all combine in making the most magnificent and delightful instrument which it is my good fortune to play upon."
Very devotedly yours,
New York, 16th November, 1906
Even Elvis had a white knabe grand piano in his living room.