Rare Used Knight Piano In Inventory

Used Knight Piano in Chicago

What if we all looked this good at 51!?

This Knight piano is not only a fantastic find because they rarely surface in the US, but also because this one appears to have been preserved in a vacuum. Knights were the primary premium piano brand of Great Britain for most of the 20th century and were the only pianos allowed to share the showroom at Steinway Hall in London.

This particular instrument has a unique style and finish that is simply not found in pianos anymore. The all-hardwood case features “butterfly” veneers – a process by which veneers are split and laid out symmetrically, as seen in this image. It’s even more rare for this theme to continue throughout each piece on the piano. It’s truly spectacular workmanship that was a British trademark for centuries.

Beyond that, Knights are beautifully-designed Instruments, with fantastic tone and touch. Despite Cordogan’s seeing thousands of pianos each year, we can still count on one hand how many times we have had a Knight piano in the past 30 years.

If you’re seeking a unique performance piano, we have your Knight in shining walnut.

For more information, call us at 630-584-5000 or visit chicagopianos.com!

Used Knight Piano - Plate

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A most unique Steinway Model C piano

We are so excited to be offering this amazing 7’5″ Steinway Model C that we had to give it more attention than simply the listing in our used inventory. It has a quite the story to tell!

Steinway C no player

We originally acquired this piano in 1999 and began a restoration project that would go down in the record books. At that time, we had two model C’s in stock — the only time in 50 years that has ever happened. But that’s not all. The two pianos were very close in serial numbers and in condition. We wanted to see what it would be like if we rebuilt one using the original soundboard and one with a brand new Steinway soundboard — keeping everything else the same. Basically, we wanted to see what a new New York Steinway C would sound like vs. an old one, which is a comparison that cannot be made today since Steinway C’s haven’t been made in over 100 years.

In order for this comparison to be authentic, we had some expenses with this piano that we would normally not incur:
1) We wanted to give this piano a new, Hamburg Steinway soundboard (Steinway still makes this model in Hamburg, Germany)
2) For additional authenticity, we chose a unique way to procure the rebuilding and soundboard installation. We shipped the piano to Peter Mohr, a former Steinway employee and his father Franz Mohr, former Chief technician at Steinway and the personal technician to countless piano greats such as Vladimir Horowitz.

With this pedigree, it would be easy to argue that it is at LEAST as good as a new Steinway C — possibly better given the highly skilled attention it received. Both pianos then received new keys and a complete action from Steinway. They were then refinished to perfection and even received new, custom-made benches to match the Victorian legs on the pianos.

Steinway C Legs

To unveil the results, we brought the pianos to our Deerfield store and hosted a Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) meeting for the Chicago chapter. We let the technicians analyze them and share their findings. The results were interesting indeed. Both pianos were deemed beautiful instruments, but in the case of this piano, the consensus was that they felt like they were experiencing what a NEW New York Steinway Model C was like — clear and powerful, but with that vintage Steinway warmth. The other piano was very similar, but without the additional clarity and power that the new soundboard delivered.

One more interesting note — in the summer of 2000, after the restoration, we invited the legendary entertainer Steve Allen to perform a concert at our Deerfield location to celebrate our 50th anniversary. After the concert on this piano, he signed the piano’s iron frame. He died only a few months later.

Steinway C Steve Allen

If you think you might be interested in the most beautiful Victorian Steinway model C available anywhere, please contact http://www.chicagopianos.com at 630.584.5000.