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Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano #2729509
04/16/18 08:39 PM
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Greetings all,

I am new to this forum and don't know much about pianos (pinball is more my hobby). I am inheriting my grandmothers 1918 Knabe baby grand piano that has been in climate controlled storage and crated for the last 18 years in Southern California.
I remember it being in pristine condition as a kid when I would visit her home she kept it more as a focal piece than played it. My mother said it was tuned and gone over before put into storage 18 years ago. I'm going to the storage company this coming weekend to see if I can at least get some partial pictures without completely having to unpack it. I'm looking into what the value range might be. I realize this range can vary greatly depending on many factors. Any ballpark ideas? Also, anyone in the Los Angeles area with expertise, I'm willing to pay for your time and evaluation or help with selling it.


This is not the actual piano, but I remember it looking like this example.
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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Cleland] #2729632
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It depends how much work you want to put into it. If the answer is a lot, get it moved to your house (a couple hundred dollars), and have a tuner/technician tune it and do some regulation and repair as necessary to make it show well -- sort of like washing a used car before you sell it. Figure another $200 - 500. The tech can give you some advice on what it might really be worth. Then advertise, and show it to prospective buyers.

If that's more than you want to put into the project, I'd suggest just going with one of the reputable local dealers in used pianos, such as Hollywood Pianos up in Burbank, or Living Pianos down in Santa Ana, whichever is closer.

Value range could be zero to thousands.





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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Cleland] #2729666
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Originally Posted by Cleland
I'm looking into what the value range might be


Sadly, probably between nothing and not much. frown

Knabes hold some sentimental value in my neck of the woods, because they were manufactured nearby in Baltimore. And even around here, playable original-condition Knabes tend to have private party asking prices of less than two-thousand (and baby grands on the lower end of that). If you're hoping that you just inherited the Crown Jewels...well, not so much (in fact, I hope the climate-controlled storage was for more than the piano, because if not then someone is way upside down on the value of it).

That said, Knabes can be quite nice, so if you're looking to hang on to grandma's piano for yourself, it could be worth sprucing up a bit. In spite of the climate controlled storage, though, what you're describing is a piano that's been neglected for a long, long time.


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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Retsacnal] #2729690
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If you cannot sell it, you can always ask a consignment store if they are interested. A local auction may also be the way to go.


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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Cleland] #2729710
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Thanks for all the advice. The storage costs added up to almost $12,000 over the years. My mother was in denial I guess. Best to pull it out of storage and see what I can get for it, I have no space....or money for that matter.

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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Cleland] #2729819
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Yes, denial is the right word...but also she was unfortunately brainwashed to believe that the value would go up rather than down. That is completely advertising hype (and they have done a good job at it). She lived in a different generation too.

Boy I'll tell ya...STORAGE is the business to be in. People spend gobs of money to hang on to stuff that is worthless. It happens all the time. It happened in my family too!

Sentimentality...well hopefully money was not an issue for her or you.

Time to cut the losses.

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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: P W Grey] #2729823
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Originally Posted by P W Grey
Yes, denial is the right word...but also she was unfortunately brainwashed to believe that the value would go up rather than down. That is completely advertising hype (and they have done a good job at it). She lived in a different generation too.

Boy I'll tell ya...STORAGE is the business to be in. People spend gobs of money to hang on to stuff that is worthless. It happens all the time. It happened in my family too!

Sentimentality...well hopefully money was not an issue for her or you.

Time to cut the losses.

Pwg


That's the truth Peter. We learned that lesson years ago in my house. If it won't fit in our 4 walls -- out it goes!

Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Cleland] #2730717
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Originally Posted by Cleland
Thanks for all the advice. The storage costs added up to almost $12,000 over the years. My mother was in denial I guess. Best to pull it out of storage and see what I can get for it, I have no space....or money for that matter.

Don't be too hard on your mom. She clearly valued the piano, and it was probably worth the 50 bucks a month to her to know it was kept safe. It sounds to me like you have fond memories of it, and it may have been in your family since even before your grandmother treasured it. If I were you, I'd seriously consider keeping it.


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Re: Seeking Advice For Inherited 1918 Knabe Baby Grand Piano [Re: Cleland] #2730722
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btw, I met a guy recently who has 7 Knabe grands. He said an elderly lady passed away who "had one in every room in the house." They've all been neglected, but he's planning to fix them up and sell them. I asked if he'd sell one to me (before repairs), and he said "no."


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