Knabe


A little over 200 years ago, a young man from Germany gave birth to what the world has since called the "singer's piano". William Knabe Pianos are all about an mucical instrument with a personality, a voice, and an instrument that is distinctively yours. Over the last 167 years, Knabe has been a leader in quality-crafted pianos that are world renowned for their beauty of sound and cabinetry. A piano that plays like a premium instrument needs serious consideration with regard to purchase as an investment. These handmade, limited production pianos are created with 300 years of find tradition and crafting.

Knabe & Co. pianos use the finest materials available and result in superior sound quality. Starting as an apprentice to develop the art of piano making, this non-English speaking young man quickly found that he was well suited to the task. Migrating to the United States in 1833, William had the ear and hands of many of the world greats, including Camille Saint-Saens, Hans von Bulow, and Louis Gottschalk to name a few. Gottschalk talked of the remarkable qualities of tone, powerful bass, and sweet clear and harmoniously mellow upper notes of the Knabe instruments he had played. No wonder that under President Rutherford B. Hayes, a Kanabe was installed in the president's official residence and was backed by a five-year warranty.

The year 1939 saw the creation of William's own business. Originally manufactured in Baltimore Maryland, in the early years, he later moved to East Rochester New York. Many of the pianos found homes in places like Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera House, the Seattle in 1947. The Seattle actually boasted four Knabe grand pianos, and was reportedly the largest installation of pianos anywhere outside of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

The 19th Century brought many piano names to the ears of Americans. Steinway, Chickering, Knabe, and Mason & Hamlin were the leading piano manufacturers of their day in America. Bosendorfer, Broadwood, Bechstein and Erard in Europe. These were the builders that were constantly challenging, experimenting, and trying to come up with ways to imporove the power, and quality of sound in a piano.

Technically, the basic instrument we know as a piano today has not changed. Most improvements, enhancements and techniques are manufacturing changes. Interestingly enough; the piano is the very first item where the manufacturer's name reflected a status symbol of integrity and reputation.

Original concepts used by Knabe like the solid spruce soundboard, bridge placement and overall structural design, capture the beauty and essence which were once thought to have been lost in antiquity; are now alive and well. William's old principles of Tone, Touch, Workmanship and Durability have helped to lift the American piano to the highest echelon in the World. Thanks to SMC, the current owner of Knabe in the 21st century, these early design concepts have been resurrected and incorporated that same sound, beauty and craftsmanship and provides Knabe with a permanent association among the finest pianos manufactured and available today..