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Just figured I'd post about it as large pianos like that don't turn up very often in my area

Someone looks to be trying to sell a older Knabe Grand piano in the 7'+ size. Very tempting to me for project piano, but I already have a project piano to chew through ATM. Large Victorian case that looks not too bad for its age. In much better shape than my current project piano(and 4 years younger). Not sure if it's ok to post a current listing, so here's a video of a similar looking piano that's about the same size but slightly older. Just search the metro Detroit CL to find it if you want to view it. Owner has dropped the price on it greatly so far.



The tone of the piano in the video sounds somewhat like a improved fortepiano to me. Very similar to my project piano. Might not lend itself well to the modern music I play but sounds nice for period music. My ears are so used to the modern piano sound that some of these late 19th/early 20th century pianos sound like a completely different animal to me.

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It sounds like an old tired piano. Knabes were known for their "singing voice", which to me means an emphasis on the mid and treble spectrum at the expense of the fundamental. This means also that you need a lot of sustain, which I don't hear on this one. There is also a common trait of the older pianos; bridges that are splitting and loose bridge pins. Could be a really fine instrument if it is properly set up.

Some people like Martin guitars, some like Gibsons. Both are high quality, both offer different responses. Neither is better than the other, though Martin seems to have a more consistent history. I have compared pre-war D-28s to early model J-200s and they are completely different animals. Both are responsive, both are expensive, both are used by a lot of professionals, just for different reasons, (I don't remember ever seeing a J-200 on stage with a Gibson Mastertone banjo and F-5 mandolin...)

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Just as an update, I caved to temptation and went out to see the piano. It sounds much much less twangy than the one in the video I posted. Maybe it's a microphone difference. Very nice tone although somewhat weak in the very upper treble. Suspect bridge issues there. The action wasn't in all the way so pushing it in a bit further helped a bit. Excellent bass! Felt very resonate to me. Very tempting but made a pass in the end as it wasn't close enough to what I was looking for. Also was much too pretty for me to hack on as a project piano.

Was a good day today.


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