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1900 Knabe Grand Piano. Worth Restoring? (Read 115 times)

Offline aperry

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1900 Knabe Grand Piano. Worth Restoring?
« on: January 25, 2021, 06:46:13 PM »

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1900 Knabe grand piano available for $2,300. Belonged to a piano instructor in Greencastle Indiana. The keyboard is ivory and the veneer is beautiful. Is it worth restoring? Clearly much in need of attention, but undoubtedly solid bones. I'm concerned about the numerous cracks in the sound board.

Thoughts? Concerns?

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Re: 1900 Knabe Grand Piano. Worth Restoring?
«Reply #1 on: January 26, 2021, 08:11:31 AM »
I would also be concerned about numerous cracks in the soundboard. It's a hell of a job to restore that. It looks to me that it's in pretty bad shape and might need all sorts of care. It's certainly an incredibly beautiful instrument, so I guess it depends what your needs are. Are you able to go and see what it feels and sounds like?
If you want an instrument in top shape and end up having to restring, replace hammers, dampers, tuning block and pins etc etc, it'll be frightfully expensive and you might be better off looking elsewhere.