Piano News Etc., Ken Hannah.com

The best Christmas ever
December 5, 2017, 6:59 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

A Christmas piano~!!   It makes my Christmas — of all things — when the season unfolds  around such a gift as this!   In this case, 2 lucky young students, both working hard and enjoying their playing, were surprised by this beautiful Steinway grand.   What a lucky family and how enriching for the players.   It *did* arrive a few weeks early because the parents couldn’t wait!    Deck the Halls has never sounded so good!

Fa, la, la, la, la………..


Anderson and Roe in our home!
November 4, 2017, 9:51 pm
Filed under: The players, Uncategorized

So this amazing piano duo performed in Minnesota this summer at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. Greg is from Stillwater and we have known him since he was in elementary school.   Ken always gets a call to ready his piano when he gets anywhere near home.  This summer though it wasn’t his own piano that was needed but the two pianists needed practice time together.   We offered our living room and the two S&S grands that are here in our home.    Upon returning from our “up north” vacation we were treated to a soiree concert in our living room.   SUCH an honor and such a thrill.  Need I say that the pianos have never sounded so spectacular!!   If anyone ever has an opportunity to see these artists live, run don’t walk.   Pure joy, pure talent, superlative music making.IMG_3733

Steinway Grand for Sale – Model O – Sold
March 3, 2017, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Pianos for Sale



A one of a kind instrument — we’ve never seen a Steinway like it in 35 years of piano work!

This 5′ 10 1/2 ” mahogany piano — inlaid with incredible maple detail — has an unusual custom case.  It has clean lines and an almost Art Deco feel.  From what we can determine, it must have been a custom piano, a one-of-a-kind Steinway & Sons instrument.  Built in 1917 it has been fully restored on its 100th birthday; its quality and uniqueness to be enjoyed these years later. The piano still has its original ivory keys.   Additionally it has a new varnish finish, new soundboard and bridges, all new Steinway action parts, a new pinblock and new strings.  It’s regulated and voiced for performance.

With this full restoration Ken feels that it is in the same league as any Steinway of its size produced today.

As always Ken is available for questions or more pictures at 651-430-1218.  The piano is in our living room in Stillwater, MN and an interested buyer is welcome to play it by appointment.


Baldwin Grand, 5’ 6” 1920’s – SOLD
March 3, 2017, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Pianos for Sale



An affordable choice for both students and adults.

A customer of ours, unable to take this instrument with her given family circumstances, asked Ken to rebuild it and find a good home.  The piano has a repaired soundboard, and new every other part  (pinblock, strings, dampers, action, and keytops).   In this era Baldwin made a sound, quality instrument, popular and very sought after.   The piano has been completely refinished and has an amazing burled walnut case.

As always Ken is available to talk about the piano and answer any questions, 651-430-1218. The instrument can be played by appointment here in Stillwater, MN

Knabe Grand for Sale
March 3, 2017, 7:24 pm
Filed under: Pianos for Sale


Knabe Grand 5’6″ , 1960’s

Doing a favor for a friend….

A choir directing friend of ours broke her arm, moved to Florida and asked us to take her piano and find a customer for it.   Ken felt he couldn’t stand behind it “as is”,  so he replaced the pinblock, restrung it, put on a set of Ronsen hammers with Weikart felt.  The instrument responded nicely.  A piano for a home with players who can enjoy a grand.  Walnut case with a fairly good finish.  


Steinway Grand for Sale – Model S
March 3, 2017, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Pianos for Sale



This 5’ 1” Steinway — the smallest of the S&S grand pianos — belonged to one of Ken’s customers.  They were downsizing and unable to have move with the instrument.  It’s a perfect size for a home full of players. The original soundboard is still good.  Other restoration has happened:  new pinblock, strings, dampers and action, keytops and bushings.   The case is the original dark mahogany and is also in good shape.

This would a perfect instrument for students moving up in their studies and needing a more responsive piano both touch-wise and sound-wise.

Ken always available for conversation and questions at 651-430-1218 and the piano is in our shop in Stillwater to be seen and played.


Louis 16th Steinway Grand
July 17, 2015, 4:45 pm
Filed under: The pianos in and out

Ken has just finished working on this amazing Louis the 16th Steinway C.  Always fun to see one of these old (1860) art case grands.  I got to play it “in” a bit one night….. all 7’4′ of it.   The night couldn’t be long enough!  Believe me, a bass like that takes your breath away!  The owner is readying this instrument to have in his home for his children to learn to play! Lucky kids, eh?

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