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38" Knabe Studio #133816 (1946)
 
 
38" Knabe Studio #133816 (1946)
Traditional Mahogany Cabinet. Reconditioned in April, 2021 for the current owner in Clear Lake, MN.
A2 - Harp OK

A2 - Harp OK

A3 - Lid Music Desk & Fallboard Removed

A3 - Lid Music Desk & Fallboard Removed

A4 - Action Removed

A4 - Action Removed

A5 - Underkey Punchings Worn

A5 - Underkey Punchings Worn

IMPROVEMENTS:
Repin--Repin bass section with larger-size tuning pins.
Recondition Actionó
Recondition action (clean & tighten screws, replace defective parts, replace bridle tapes hammers & treble damper felts.
Complete Cleaning--Clean cabinet interior, strings, pressure bar, keybed, keypins, pedal mechanisms.
Complete Regulationó
Install new felt underkey punchings. All regulation adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new. Adjust pitch & tune.
Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--Wm. Knabe & Gaehle.

Established--by William Knabe and Henry Gaehle, MD, 1837.

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--The company was incorporated and in 1908 joined the American Piano Company. In 1932 Aeolian purchased American and formed the Aeolian-American Co. Knabe became part of the Mason & Hamlin Corp., along with Sohmer, Falcone and George Steck. In 1996 Young Chang started building Knabe pianos for Mason & Hamlin, and in 2002 Samick Music Corp. assumed production.
From: Pierce Piano Atlas, 12th Edition (2008, Larry Ashley Publisher, Albuquerque, NM).

Note: To obtain the age of your piano and details about the manufacturer, click: Pierce Piano Atlas--"the world's most authoritative publication on piano manufacturers, past and present." To learn how a piano works and how to go about buying one, we encourage you to purchase The Piano Book.
A - EVALUATION AND DISMANTLING AT OWNER'S HOME
Our shop is located in Becker, Minnesota. For contact information, go to the "Home Page"
B - WORK COMPLETED IN THE SHOP
Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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Cabinet is in original condition--exterior surfaces restored
A6 - Hammers Worn

A6 - Hammers Worn

A7 - Bridle Tapes Worn

A7 - Bridle Tapes Worn

A8 - Dampers Worn

A8 - Dampers Worn

B1 - Strings cleaned

B1 - Strings cleaned

B2 - Underkey felt punchings removed, keypins cleaned

B2 - Underkey felt punchings removed, keypins cleaned

B3 - Damper levers and sustain bar removed

B3 - Damper levers and sustain bar removed

B4 - Hammer rail and regulating rail removed

B4 - Hammer rail and regulating rail removed

B5 - Pedal lyre cleaned and rebushed, bolt found to replace missing bolt

B5 - Pedal lyre cleaned and rebushed, bolt found to replace missing bolt

B6 - White keys cleaned, replacements for chipped and missing keytops found and installed

B6 - White keys cleaned, replacements for chipped and missing keytops found and installed

B7 - Twenty defective jack springs replaced

B7 - Twenty defective jack springs replaced

B8 - All damper felts removed, damper blocks cleaned

B8 - All damper felts removed, damper blocks cleaned

B9 - Odd-numbered original hammers removed

B9 - Odd-numbered original hammers removed

B10 - Odd-numbered new hammers installed

B10 - Odd-numbered new hammers installed

B11 - Several hammer shanks replaced

B11 - Several hammer shanks replaced

B12 - Even-numbered original hammers removed

B12 - Even-numbered original hammers removed

B13 - Even-numbered hammers installed

B13 - Even-numbered hammers installed

B14 - Hammer rail & regulating rail cleaned

B14 - Hammer rail & regulating rail cleaned

B15 - Spring rail cleaned

B15 - Spring rail cleaned

B16 - Hammer rail & regulating rail re-installed

B16 - Hammer rail & regulating rail re-installed

B17 - Spring rail re-installed

B17 - Spring rail re-installed

B18 - Sustain rail mechanism lubricated & re-installed

B18 - Sustain rail mechanism lubricated & re-installed

C - WORK COMPLETED IN OWNER'S HOME
C1 - With piano on its back, AC glue installed in pinblock to increase tuning pin torque

C1 - With piano on its back, AC glue installed in pinblock to increase tuning pin torque

C2 - Four strings installed with new tuning pins. (2)

C2 - Four strings installed with new tuning pins. (2)

C3 - Missing bolt in lyre support replace with new bolt. (2)

C3 - Missing bolt in lyre support replace with new bolt. (2)

C4 - Felt underkey punchings and bolster cloth replaced with new.

C4 - Felt underkey punchings and bolster cloth replaced with new.

C5 - Action installed

C5 - Action installed

C6 - Capstans regulated to eliminate lost motion

C6 - Capstans regulated to eliminate lost motion

C7 - Treble dampers regulated for even response to sustain pedal

C7 - Treble dampers regulated for even response to sustain pedal

C8 - Bass dampers installed & regulated for even response to sustain pedal

C8 - Bass dampers installed & regulated for even response to sustain pedal

C9 - Letoff regulated & damper spoons regulated for even response to keystroke

C9 - Letoff regulated & damper spoons regulated for even response to keystroke

C10 - Key heights & leveling regulated with punchings & front keypin bender

C10 - Key heights & leveling regulated with punchings & front keypin bender

C11 - Key Dip regulated for even touch

C11 - Key Dip regulated for even touch

C12 - Ready for tuning

C12 - Ready for tuning

C13 - Fallboard & keystop rail installed

C13 - Fallboard & keystop rail installed

C14 - Music rest & lid installed

C14 - Music rest & lid installed

C15 - Lower panel installed

C15 - Lower panel installed

C16 - Project finished! To be checked & tuned in 3 months

C16 - Project finished! To be checked & tuned in 3 months