I picked this piano up in Richmond, Va. It is a 5’2″ Knabe made in the early 1940s. The new owner has chosen to do a mildly extensive restoration. It will receive new hammer and damper felts, new bass and treble wire along with the associated nickle tuning pins, felt, etc. I will also regulate the action and install new keytops and keybushings. The piano will be finished off with a custom color which I will call Espresso.
There is a very interesting story behind this piano. It was purchased by its previous owners father (Mr. Johnson) in the early 1940s before he went in to serve in the Army. He was an avid Jazz pianist. While serving in Europe he missed playing his piano very much, so much so that General MacArthur got wind of it and allowed him to play at a function for military officials while still in Europe. When returning home he continued on with his love of Jazz piano on this Knabe until his passing a few years ago.
I acquired the piano from Mr. Johnson’s son and promised him I would find it a good home where it would be loved as much as his father loved it. I believe I am half way there with the new owners and all that is left is that I give this piano a proper restoration and that it will get.
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Also see Knabe #40 for more detailed pictures and video on this piano.