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SAMICK MUSIC CORP. (SMC)
1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
Made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Inchon, South Korea;
and Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
William Knabe, born in Kreuzberg, Germany moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1833 after learning his
craft as a cabinet and piano maker. After working for another piano builder, he started his own business
in 1835 buying and selling, tuning and repairing second-hand pianos. Knabe partnered with another
piano builder, William Henry Gaehle in 1837, forming Knabe & Gaehle. When Gaehle passed away in
1855, Knabe gained control of the firm, changing the name to William Knabe & Co. William died in 1864
and left the company to his two sons, Earnest and William Knabe Jr. Throughout the 1800s and early
1900s, Knabe became one of the most respected names in piano history, building high quality square
grand (until the late 1800s), upright and grand pianos. His numerous patents and innovations helped to
improve and evolve piano design. In 1908 the company incorporated and joined the American Piano Co.
By 1932, the Aeolian Corp. of New York merged with the American Piano Co., and with it, the Knabe
name. The factory was then located in East Rochester, New York. By the mid 1980s, after Aeolian went
out of business, the Mason & Hamlin Corp. then owned this name until they stopped production in 1994.
The Burgett brothers, makers of the PianoDisc player piano systems, purchased Mason & Hamlin in
1996. In the 1990s Korean company, Young Chang, began manufacturing Knabe pianos for Mason &
Hamlin. The name was then sold to Korean firm, Samick (SMC), who now produce premium-level pianos
bearing the Knabe name, using the original Knabe scales and designs on their higher end models.
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