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#3028181 09/23/20 10:44 AM
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Fellow members,
I am new to the board and new to pianos. I am intersted in studying piano. I found a 1983 (ser number 198301) vintage Knabe Upright offered for sale by a local piano technician. It appears to be in very good condition with little indication of use-pleasant sound, no sticky keys, no excess movement on the keys and all keys are level. From what I was able to gather, this piano was manufactured in the US right at the end of US production. Were these decent pianos for a new student who might perhaps eventually get up to intermediate level or should I look elsewhere? The seller has internally cleaned the piano, made all necessary adjustments and is offering it with a one year guarantee. I was looking originally for a similar vintage Baldwin or Mason and Hamlin but this one came on the market and it has my interest. My budget is $1500.

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You need to get an independent technician to check the piano. It is tricky to do this when a technician is selling the piano, but not impossible.

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With a used piano it is about the condition of the piano more than the brand. However if this piano was made in 1983, it was still made in the US .It would be wise to check the serial number just to make sure of the age of the piano.One can look up the age by using the serial number. You can red about Knabe pianos here .

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How tall is it? I would not pay much for a Knabe console of that vintage. There might have been some studios (45") that were put together then, but I have never seen one. That would be the only Knabe of that period that I would consider.


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BDB et al,
Thank you all for your replies. It is a studio (45") and it was manufactured right at the middle of the final year from what I can tell from the serial number listing. The hammers are in excellent condition showing little wear.

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If the price includes delivery, set up and tuning it’s a pretty good deal


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It sounds like it could be a good piano for you, especially if you like the sound and how it plays. A one year guarantee from the technician who is selling it is a plus.


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Eric,
Thank you. I especially appreciate your opinion coming from a piano technician-players perspective is important but so is that from a technician.

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Ricardo


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