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1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein #2859636
06/17/19 03:48 PM
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Looking for someone knowledgeable that knows the value of old pianos. I have a 1929 Knabe Ampico Player piano fully restored. The uniqueness of this piano is that is was autographed by Albert Einstein while he was teaching in Princeton New Jersey. Beautiful piece in 100% perfect working order. Pictures available upon request.

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Re: 1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein [Re: Milehipo] #2859639
06/17/19 03:55 PM
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The value of old pianos depends upon their condition. One would need to know the extent of the restoration, who did it and when. That Einstein signed it may have some "cachet" for some, but the signature does not enhance the value of the piano as an instrument.

A serial number would help determine the date of manufacture but, most likely, the current market value could only be determined by an examination of the piano from a technician. Whatever interest might be gleaned from the "autograph" would be purely personal on the part of a potential buyer, I would think.

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Re: 1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein [Re: Milehipo] #2859647
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I guess I'm scanning the subjects too quickly! When I saw this I thought it said Alexander Hamilton! Tuns out the thread above is for a Hamilton upright...

I'm always intrigued by Einstein, but, yeah, signatures on a piano don't do much for me. But it'd be cool if he owned the piano (or played it, which a signature is usually indicative of).


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Re: 1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein [Re: Milehipo] #2859649
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The meaning of “fully restored” is nebulous in this industry. Have seen that label attached to pianos that underwent $500, $5,000, or $50,000 worth of work, done by total hacks, middle of the road operators, or true craftspeople who understand the instrument on a mechanical and artistic level.

I agree that the signature is a novelty, but probably doesn’t add much value. Has it been authenticated? What does his signature attached to random objects typically go for?


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Re: 1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein [Re: Milehipo] #2859659
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Are you trying to sell this Knabe here on the Piano Forum, or are you just looking for information?


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Re: 1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein [Re: Milehipo] #2859870
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I can tell you that in 1936 Albert Einstein owned a Knabe grand piano and he played it. It was not a player of any kind. Why he would sign a piano is beyond me. He did play and perhaps there was some kind of charity auction that involved the piano and Einstein (total speculation).

I cannot say it makes the piano any more valuable, except to an Einsteinphile. smile


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Re: 1929 Knabe Ampico Player Albert Einstein [Re: Milehipo] #2860242
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Well my husband is a total Einstein fan so when I tell him about this ...........?
You never know?


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