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Re: Comparing two spinets [Re: tranquillo] #1462061
06/23/10 10:04 PM
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A Baldwin Acrosonic in good shape would beat both the Cable and Knabe. In addition to the pedal issues, the Knabe has a compressed action, not full size. I may be wrong, but I think on some, the keys dive under the action as well, which makes for a funny action feel. A worn, compressed action might not feel too great. If the Cable is Cable or Everett made, it will be better than Aeolian made. Nothing wrong with getting a spinet for a first piano - but if someone takes to the piano and gets into the intermediate levels, you will need to trade up. A good piano technician will tell you when that time comes.




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Re: Comparing two spinets [Re: Bob] #1462251
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I'd go with the Baldwin advice, but I don't want to start the piano search all over again. I think the two options I have so far will fulfill our needs, at least for the time being.

Yes, the Cable Nelson we are looking into is Everett.

Re: Comparing two spinets [Re: Danad] #1462265
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Thanks everyone, for sharing opinions and for all the good advice. It's been great and now I know much more about pianos than I did 24 hours ago!

At the end, I think we are going to get the Cable Nelson. We did not have a technician look at either of them, so we still don't know (and won't know) whether the Knabe is indeed a console. But the Cable Nelson owner is a more serious player and has had his piano more regularly serviced, and yes, we like the way it sounds. We'll see how it goes and in the future we can look into upgrading, at which point I might go about doing things differently, based on what I learned here smile

Re: Comparing two spinets [Re: Danad] #1463107
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In regards to the Knabe. It is Aeolian, but that does not, necessarily mean it is bad. It was made at the Aeolian factory in East Rochester, New York, along with Chickering, Mason & Hamlin, and George Steck. I see a lot of these in my tuning travels...probably because I'm in central New York State. The Aeolian pianos out of East Rochester were decent pianos. Aeolian gets a bad reputation mainly because of the awful pianos manufactured in its Memphis, Tenn. factory.

In regards to the Cable-Nelson/Everett, these were decent, too. I find their spinets to be better than many other American-made spinets of the 1960's.

In my area, most pianos change drastically when the seasons change...so please consider climate control for your piano.


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Re: Comparing two spinets [Re: BDB] #1463150
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Originally Posted by BDB

A Yugo in good condition may be better than a Fiat in lousy condition, but you would not want either of them for everyday driving.


Actually, a Yugo is a Fiat Model 128 built under license.


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