Knabe & Co

  • Year: 1941
  • Model: Symmetry grand piano
  • Size: 5'1"
  • Finish: Restored

The firm, started by William Knabe in 1839, was established in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a German immigrant who studied the English language and piano building for six years prior to his beginning his own business.

Knabe built instruments of very high quality and his pianos were very popular in the southern United States. Knabe's pianos were very highly regarded by pianists such as Camille Saint-Saens, an enthusiastic user, and by 1900 the company was making around 2000 instruments per year.

The Knabe piano is known in some circles as "a singer's piano" because of its somewhat more mellow tone than many of its contemporaries.