WM. Knabe “Touch Reproducing” Roll Player Piano
an Audible Connection to a Monumental Legacy
Built by Knabe, ca. 1930 on special order, this instrument has pride of place at the intersection of several incredible stories and figures in music history. In addition to its functionality as a fine conventional piano, it contains a fully operational, original-state pneumatic player system.
The Ampico-B player in this instrument was an engineering marvel of its time, able to faithfully reproduce never-before-achieved nuances in touch and pedaling, exactly as executed by the performer. Some of the 1,000 player rolls available with this instrument were recorded by George Gershwin himself on this very piano; it is one of the largest collections of Ampico rolls in the world.
Encasing this history, prestige, and tonal beauty, is a Louis XV style cabinet in near-perfect condition.
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This beautiful 5′ baby grand has proven its worth through its rich tone and crisp, consistent Yamaha action. It has been meticulously cleaned and serviced, and its cosmetic metal parts and polished ebony finishes are in like-new condition.
While polished ebony remains the obvious, classic choice in many buyers’ minds, this 5’7 grand will win you over with its elegant, understated satin finish. With Yamaha’s characteristically brilliant, clear sound and comfortably-regulated action, this piano will bring exuberant inspiration your playing – and is in excellent shape!
The WM. Knabe company built its reputation throughout the twentieth century to become a name synonymous with excellence in the American piano manufacturing industry. This particular instrument’s owners recognized its value; it has been well-maintained! It will “wow” you with its satisfyingly full tone that so many other manufacturers simply could not achieve in an instrument of this size.
This handsome instrument is unique in its especially ornate cabinetry. It is in excellent shape and has a great sound! A convenient lid prop allows the piano to more effectively project music into your home.