Looking for some obsessive fan-boy type Knabe enthusiasts to point me in the direction of specific history I'm not finding with my bumbling google searches.
Three? weeks ago I bought a knabe concert grand, Just picked it up two days ago! Umm I understand now why the pros charge what they do to move pianos hahaha. Moving it myself, I saved all of $500, but I now own a skidboard and a walkboard/ramp, so there's that. And, EA would approve of the sense of pride and accomplishment I now have from orchestrating my own self-move of my piano
if anyone's wondering, I didn't go the pro route partially because I thought I would save money, but more critically I didn't actually have the choice in the matter: the piano was located in a small town, and the only mover there who specialized in pianos was booked through August. I got a price on the piano itself that I did, because the seller is ALSO selling the entire house (probably a common story) and needed it gone in July. So genuinely it wasn't much of a choice, I found a good crew in the small town after getting all the parts myself, rented a truck, drove 360 miles, and got different help on the receiving end. I'll probably post a story of my piano-moving roadtrip adventure later.
Anyway, I'd love to really learn a lot more about my new baby!
For one, he's back home in Baltimore where he was built: do any of the original factories still remain, in any part? (even if converted to hipster lofts haha)
The serial No. is 38069, it's a full 9' concert grand. The internet very generally has "1890-1895" can I find out somewhere more specifically when? how many of that model?
what did the knabe concert grands of this era actually weigh?
I was told by the previous owner, "850-900#" but it's carved rosewood and, each of two sets of movers I hired to help me with muscle on both ends of the inter-state move all stated that there is NO weigh it was only 900# hahaha. Now for bragging rights I'd like to know just how much weight we moved! The most difficult part was rolling down 6 stairs from the porch, the second most difficult part was rolling back up the ramp into the van.
did the sostenuto pedal work the way the modern ones do (it might just be broken)?
umm, did knabe have an official matching bench? I could recreate it perhaps in the woodshop, if I had a photo
...that sort of thing.