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FS: Knabe Ampico B with Ampichron
By Berco Landman

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For sale: my 5'8" Knabe Ampico B with factory installed Ampichron and
Capehart switch, bench, collection of rolls (including chime roll),
piano cover and key cover.  Option: installed Spencer Chase E-valves
and roll database.

The piano has been fully restored, has a beautiful tone and expresses
extremely well.

I acquired this Knabe about one year ago from Florida.  The piano and
Ampico was believed to be restored, but finally I ended up in redoing
the complete Ampico B system, drawer, and Ampichron clock.  The piano
was restrung and repinned when I bought it, but I decided to give it
a new set of bass strings.  The hammers and dampers were done in the
previous restoration.  The mahogany case was also already nicely
refinished in a dark stain.  Also the keytops have been professionally
replaced in the previous restoration.

Most of the work I have done was focussed on the regulation of the
piano and the total restoration of the Ampico B system.  All bellows
have been redone, all valves have been completely dismantled and all
pouches, valve facings, etc., renewed.  All valves were individually
tested on a test rig.  Expression valves and C-pouches have been
renewed also.  All tubing has been replaced (including drawer).

The Ampichron clock was functioning but it made a lot of noise, so the
clock and clock motor were also fully dismantled, re-polished, cleaned,
etc.  Also I installed a 50 to 60 Hertz electronic converter to have
the Ampichron also running on time on the 50-Hertz mains supply in
Europe.  The converter is a small electronic board invisibly built into
the drawer, but it can of course be easily removed.

I have installed the Spencer Chase E-valves in the piano.  (For my
installation pictures see Spencer's new manual, subject "Ampico B in
progress", ).  With this system goes a
library of more than 1400 rolls (Peter Philipps erols).  The potential
buyer may decide to take the piano with our without the E-valve system.

With the piano goes a printed photo book with a full history of the
restoration, original purchase papers and documentation.  Many pictures
are available and can be emailed on request.  Please contact me for
further details and asking price.

Best regards,
Berco Landman
Netherlands [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

(Message sent Tue 31 Oct 2006, 14:35:17 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

Key Words in Subject:  Ampichron, Ampico, B, FS, Knabe

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