Wow! This is an AWESOME player system. We just took this piano on consignment. The grand piano was purchased new in 1998 for $15250, then in July of 2014 the owner spent $8200 to have the PianoDisc IQ player system installed. That’s $23,450 invested in this instrument! It Includes bench, iPod touch with 400 player piano songs on it, free tech support from PianoDisc, and matching bench. It is priced aggressively for quick sale and will include free local delivery.
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The description is in TWO sections: 1) the Knabe KN-590 Piano, 2) the PianoDisc IQ player system.
1) THE KNABE PIANO:
The piano is in high polish ebony finish, 5′ 8″ in length. There’s never been anything quite like a Knabe piano. Handmade and created in the finest tradition of over 300 years of piano crafting, these limited production pianos have their own distinct look, feel and personality. When you play a Knabe, you will sense the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
CRAFTSMANSHIP: The craftsmanship that makes the Knabe the World’s Best Piano is not the acquisition of one generation, but a pedigree of skills that have run through more than three hundred years. Not merely by the masters of this great industry, but in the families of employees where sons have succeeded fathers at the head of some particular branch of the art, and who in great part have suggested improvements where possible. Making a great grand piano starts with the determination to not compromise in any aspect of the design, materials and craftsmanship. Through the years since its inception, the piano has been technically refined to the point of near perfection. There are time honored design features and specific materials that are known to produce the finest musical results. Some components are ideally made of spruce while others require maple or hornbeam. Crafting a fine piano like the Knabe must be done by the hands of skilled and experienced craftsmen.
PERFORMANCE: From the very beginning, William Knabe committed himself and his company to building fine, high performance instruments. Soon the great pianists of the world began to recognize this Baltimore piano maker’s designs and craftsmanship. Concert halls all across America and Europe began featuring Wm. Knabe pianos. The Knabe has also been the chosen instrument of important conservatories of music, public schools and music departments of colleges and other institutions where musical instruction has a prominent place in the curriculum. The rich and wondrous tonal quality of the Knabe has often been described as the nearest approach to the human singing voice. Its reputation for matchless tone and flawless beauty of encasement is the result of undeviating adherence to the conviction that in piano making there is no detail that does not deserve the closest attention and care. This policy is accepted as a trust by craftsmen who consider it a privilege to add their skill to the creation of pianos worthy of the Knabe prestige.
PHILOSPHY & VALUES: Wm. Knabe pianos are handmade, limited production pianos created in the finest tradition of the 300 years of piano crafting. Production pianos have their place in the world of music. They are tonally consistent and durable, but they lack the “soul” of a handcrafted instrument. Each handmade Knabe has its own personality. When you play a Knabe, you will sense the difference. From the carefully hand-laid, tapered solid Canadian spruce soundboard, to the carefully selected oak and maple that is hand bent into the finest and strongest rim in the piano industry, to the final touches of the master technicians that regulate the premium German action and hammers, every step in the creation of this marvelous instrument is the work of master craftsmen. Each Knabe rim, once bent, is braced with laminated spruce bottom beams and secured with hardwood dowels. The beams terminate at the “belly rail” into a cast tone collector. This structure is designed to hold every part of your Knabe grand piano in place for over a century of use and 40 tons of pressure exerted by the strings.
WARM AS THE HUMAN VOICE: Listen to the tone of today’s Knabe. No piano in the world has a voice quite like it. So distinctively mellow, so warmly melodic, it is often compared to the lyric richness of a glorious human voice. Knabe tone is no accident. It is the result of superior low-tensionscale design created to the uncompromising standard of leading artists.
THE RIGHT MATERIALS ARE USED REGARDLESS OF COST: Only woods, metals, glues or natural fabrics best for each particular purpose are ever permitted in the Knabe. For example, the only wood used for Knabe pin planks is winter-cut, quarter-sawn, northern hard rock maple for added strength and holding power. For other woods, we search the globe…17 areas in all…for the rarest varieties to provide the specific grain and texture required for each application.
SUPERIORITY YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE AND TOUCH: Run your hand around the rim of today’s Knabe grand. Then try the same on other grands. The sweep of your hand tells you that the Knabe is much larger in proportion to its length. This greater area of sound amplification is equalized on either side of the treble bridge. Coupled with the soundboard taper and the Low Tension Scale the result is a fuller, richer, balanced tone with more dynamic range. Every surface is completely finished.
2) THE PIANODISC IQ PLAYER PIANO SYSTEM:
PianoDisc’s revolutionary iQ allows you to control your piano with today’s latest music playback technology such as the iDevices, Android devices, MP3 players, and other music playback devices. And with PianoDisc’s elegant SilentDriveHD that plays your piano, the system will deliver a beautiful, fully expressive piano performance–even at whisper-soft levels..
EASY TO OPERATE: iQ makes operating a PianoDisc player system easier than ever before because you can operate it from something you are familiar with. Simply play, pause, stop or even adjust the volume, as you normally would, and the piano will respond. As a bonus, the fact that almost any music playback device will work with iQ means that you’ll always be able to use the latest music playback gear to control your piano. Think of it as built-in insurance on your investment.
SMART & INVISIBLE: iQ gives you the flexibility to enjoy a truly invisible system, with no visible electronics mounted on the piano. (Not all configurations are “invisible”. Your choice of music player will affect whether it is seen or needs to be mounted on the piano.) Like home automation systems and portable music devices, iQ is a smart system that puts you ahead of the curve.
PLAYS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC: With iQ, you’ll enjoy piano performances created by the world’s finest pianists. With one of the largest music libraries in the world, titles in every category from classical to rock, and literally thousands of songs to choose from, PianoDisc is sure to have all your favorites. iQ can even play your piano via DVD players, so you can enjoy watching pianists play your piano live via a PianoVideo. These exciting DVDs deliver Standard or High Definition Blu-ray video and live piano performances. With PianoVideos you’ll enjoy original performances made by terrific jazz, pop and New Age players, classical virtuosos, wonderful instrumental groups and fantastic vocalists. With brilliant images on the screen and live piano performances, iQ and PianoVideos will give you a private concert in the comfort of your home.
ENTERTAINS IN STYLE: Whether you entertain in grand style, or prefer smaller gatherings, the world’s smartest reproducing system will be the center of attention, entertaining your guests for hours. Dine to it, dance with it, or just enjoy the ambience it provides for any occasion.
PIANODISC REMOTE APP: Adjust volume and balance of the piano and accompaniment wirelessly with Apple iPad, iPod, or iPhone.
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