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#102 - 05/07/06 11:45 PM Celebrating our Korean Friend
SCCDoug Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 663
Loc: Canada
Hello folks. I decided this week end it was time to post up a handful of pictures of our Knabe WKG61. It has been eight months now since we purchased it - and it has truly become part of the family. We just had our last purchase based servicing, so we are on our own now.




A couple of things to note: We decided against using cups under the casters as we had no problem with the hardwood with the vertical - which weighed 650 lbs with very small casters. We really thought the cups looked very ugly. We have also really enjoyed the grand lamp. We tried using a floor lamp for a couple of months, but were not happy with it. We have also been pleasantly surpised how much more intimate our living room is now. Far from taking up space - the piano seems to have made the room a more friendly place to visit.

And finally - just so it doesn't feel left out. Here is a shot of our old Mason & Risch. It is relegated to the basement rumpus room - but still gets plently of use. I actually had it while I was at University and you would not believe the number of times it was moved in the back of a half-ton truck 30 odd years ago.



Thanks to all . . .
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#103 - 05/08/06 12:21 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
Axtremus Offline
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Registered: 08/29/03
Posts: 6171
Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing. \:\)
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#104 - 05/08/06 05:40 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
AJB Offline
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Registered: 10/01/05
Posts: 3655
Loc: Surrey, England
Nice pictures! Now all we need is a recording :-)

A
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#105 - 05/08/06 06:00 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9173
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Hey Doug,

She is a beauty. Is it starting to stabilize as far as tuning yet? Thats when you can really enjoy an instrument.

The Knabe is a nice choice. I am impressed by them.

Congratulations!
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#106 - 05/08/06 07:06 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
Cy Shuster, RPT Offline
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Registered: 12/18/05
Posts: 3448
Loc: Albuquerque, NM
Please don't allow direct sunlight to hit your gorgeous new piano (I see the drapes are closed). If that is a sliding glass door, please be aware that direct outside air blowing on it may be bad for it, over time.

Similarly, the words "piano" and "basement" usually don't go together, because of high humidity in most parts of the world. Baseboard electric heaters can also be a problem there, if they're directly behind the piano.

--Cy--
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#107 - 05/08/06 08:08 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
lilylady Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4977
Loc: boston north
I would love to curl up in that chair and enjoy the music. ;-)

Love setting, beautiful piano.

The lamp looks good for lighting as well.

Roberta
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#108 - 05/08/06 09:52 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
SCCDoug Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 663
Loc: Canada
Adrian
I have a couple of recordings of my daughters I could post - I certainly wouldn't want to inflict my playing on anyone.

Rich
Our owner/tech was pleased with how stable the piano is, and so are we. As you would expect, just a bit uniformily flat since the last tuning in December.

Cy
The window is a large, sealed picture window facing the northwest. One of the reasons we picked that corner was to avoid direct sunlight - here in the 'great white north' that is the right spot to park a piano even in the summer. We are blessed with a nice and dry basement thanks to being on a high point, with a good slope and there was really no other place to put the M&R. We had the pinblock glued in January and the piano has come through the spring with much more tuning stability that normal.

Roberta
Yes, the girls have gotten used to us sitting in that chair while they practice, though we usually put the lid down first!
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#109 - 05/08/06 10:14 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17770
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
What a gorgeous piano, Doug. Is that a mahogany finish? Whatever it is, it's quite striking looking.
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#110 - 05/08/06 10:19 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
sophial Offline
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Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 3455
Loc: US
Yes, beautiful wood and very nice piano! What size is it?
looks about 5'8" ?

Sophia

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#111 - 05/08/06 11:15 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
SCCDoug Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 663
Loc: Canada
Monica
It's Rosewood, and yes it is quite striking. We're not big fans of high gloss finishes, but this seems to work fine. I must say the workmanship is really quite good - but of course it's the way the piano played that really drew us to it.

Sophia
It's 6'1". We debated long and hard between it and the 6'4" Knabe, which has the Baltimore scale design. The other two pianos we most seriously considered were an RX-2 and C2.
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#112 - 08/17/06 10:54 AM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
Calin Offline
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Registered: 09/11/03
Posts: 418
Loc: Bucharest
Looks beautiful. That veneer reminds me of the late 19th century grands.
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#113 - 08/17/06 01:44 PM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
devils4ever Offline
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Registered: 04/12/04
Posts: 477
Loc: northwest NJ
Wow! Very nice.

Where did you get those "placemat" type things setting on either side of the music stand? I could use some to rest my sheet music on. I really don't want to spoil the high gloss finish on my August Forster.
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#114 - 08/17/06 02:19 PM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
SCCDoug Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 663
Loc: Canada
They are just a couple of doilies my grandmother hand made that just happened to be exactly the right size. We were nervous about placing a metronome, lamp or music the desk and they seem to do the trick. We still struggle with how to keep the stand from getting scratched by music, especially those that are ring bound. Currently we just place a band folder behind the music.
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#115 - 08/17/06 03:39 PM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
gabytu Offline
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Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 1522
Loc: Portland, Or.
Gorgeous piano. Love the rosewood. You have a nice padded bench to match. I notice that your casters are quite wide. Is this why you don't have any coasters under them? Gaby Tu

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#116 - 08/17/06 06:18 PM Re: Celebrating our Korean Friend
SCCDoug Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 663
Loc: Canada
Gaby

The hardwood floor survived nicely 20 years of a 650lb vertical with narrow castors - so we decided to chance not using cups. Also, we didn't care for the appearance of any of the cups we had available to us to use.
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