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William Knabe & Co.

See also Samick.

Samick Music Corp. (SMC)
1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
615-206-0077
info@smcmusic.com
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.

See the Introduction to Brand Profiles, Models, and Prices for an explanation of pricing.

Model & Pricing Guide

Baltimore Series Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
WV243 Traditional
43
Mahogany, Walnut, Satin or Polish
$10,292
$6,881
WV43 Contental
43
Ebony Polish
$9,392
$6,367
WV243 French
43
Cherry Satin
$10,292
$6,881
WV115 Professional Studio
45
Mahogany, Walnut, Satin or Polish
$11,578
$7,616
WV115 Professional Studio
45
Ebony Satin
$11,316
$6,881
WV115 Professional Studio
45
Ebony Polish
$10,292
$7,466
WV118H Professional
46.5
Ebony Polish
$11,578
$7,616
WV118H Professional
46.5
Ebony Satin
$11,965
$7,837

 Academy Series Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
WMV245 Studio
45
Ebony Polish
$10,679
$7,102
WMV245 Studio
45
Ebony Satin
$11,191
$7,395
WMV647 Renaissance
46.5
Walnut Satin
$13,045
$8,454
WMV647 Traditional
46.5
Mahogany Satin
$13,045
$8,454
WMV247 Institutional
46.5
Ebony Satin
$12,865
$8,351
WMV647 French Provincial
46.5
Cherry Satin
$13,045
$8,454
WMV247 Institutional
46.5
Walnut Satin
$12,865
$8,351
WMV247 Institutional
46.5
Ebony Polish
$12,478
$8,130
WMV121 Professional
47.5
Ebony Satin
$12,865
$8,351
WMV121 Professional
47.5
Ebony Polish
$12,478
$8,130
WMV132 Professional
52
Ebony Polish
$15,051
$9,601
WMV132 Professional
52
Ebony Satin
$15,825
$10,043

Metropolitan Concert Artist Series

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
WKV117 Renaissance
46.5
Walnut Semi-Gloss
$18,011
$11,292
WKV117 French
46.5
Cherry Semi-Gloss
$18,011
$11,292
WKV117 Traditional
46.5
Mahogany Semi-Gloss
$18,011
$11,292
WKV117 Renaissance
46.5
Ebony Satin
$18,011
$11,292
WKV121 Professional
48
Ebony Polish
$18,011
$11,292
WKV121 Professional
48
Ebony Satin
$18,786
$11,735
WKV132MD Professional
52
Ebony Polish
$18,786
$11,735
WKV132MD Professional
52
Ebony Satin
$20,584
$12,762

Baltimore Series Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
WG49 Traditional Grand
4
9
Mahogany or Walnut Polish
$23,570
$14,469
WG49 Traditional Grand
4
9
Walnut Satin
$23,570
$14,469
WG49 Traditional Grand
4
9
Ebony Satin
$22,708
$14,469
WG49 Traditional Grand
4
9
Ebony Polish
$20,997
$12,998
WGS54 Special
5
4
Ebony Polish Bubinga or Pomelle Accents
$29,978
$18,130
WG54 Traditional Grand
5
4
Ebony Polish
$23,932
$14,675
WG54 Traditional Grand
5
4
Ebony Satin
$25,731
$15,703
WG59 Traditional Grand
5
9
Ebony Polish
$29,591
$17,909
WG59 Traditional Grand
5
9
Ebony Satin
$31,777
$19,158
WG61 Traditional Grand
6
1
Ebony Satin
$33,451
$20,115
WG61 Traditional Grand
6
1
Ebony Polish
$31,777
$19,158

Academy Series Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
WMG610 Traditional
5
9
Ebony Satin
$35,637
$21,364
WMG610 Traditional
5
9
Ebony Polish
$33,838
$20,336
WMG660 Conservatory
6
1
Ebony Satin
$39,884
$23,971
WMG660 Conservatory
6
1
Ebony Polish
$38,210
$22,843
WMG700T Conservatory Artist
6
10
Ebony Satin
$43,743
$25,996
WMG700T Conservatory Artist
6
10
Ebony Polish
$42,070
$25,040

Metropolitan Concert Artist Series Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
WKG76 Semi Concert
7
6
Ebony Satin
$74,884
$43,791
WKG90
9
2
Ebony Polish
$184,758
$106,576
WKG90
9
2
Ebony Satin
$189,904
$109,517
WKG76 Semi Concert
7
6
Ebony Polish
$73,723
$43,127
WKG53
5
3
Ebony Satin
$42,844
$25,482
WKG53
5
3
Ebony Polish
$41,557
$24,747
WKG58 Baltimore Scale
5
8
Ebony Satin
$52,750
$31,143
WKG58 Conservatory Artist
5
8
Ebony Polish
$51,463
$30,407