Wm. Knabe & Co. Square Grand (1883)

Wm. Knabe & Co. Square Grand (1883)

This is a Knabe Square Grand that I found for a client.
These pianos while having great cabinetry and ornate design are not very good as instruments and should be looked on as more of an antique.
If you saw the movie ‘The Piano’ (Holly Hunter), it was a
Square Grand that they used in the film.

I have approx. 25 clients with Square Grands including:
John Schneider ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ & Wes Borland ‘Limp Bizkit’.
Tuning these pianos are more difficult because the tuning pins
are at the back of the piano. Also because of its design, it is
hard to tell which string is connected to which tuning pin.
The Action (mechanism), is unconventional and repairs usually need
to be improvised since you can't get parts for them.

Wm. Knabe & Co. Square Grand (1883)

Notice the unusual string design and the tuning
pins at the back of the piano.

Other unusual features: the keys inside the piano are very long (especially in the treble), it has two strings per note, the hammers
are smaller and are designed in a fan shape and the
soundboard is suspended between the strings and keyboard.
Very old Square Grands also have oblong tuning pins.

Wm. Knabe & Co. Square Grand (1883)

Original ivory keys in excellent condition.



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