Knight pianos were a relatively young British make, having been established in 1936 and lasting until 2003. Knight made a small number of traditional uprights and baby grand in their London factory until the 1960s when they began to specialise in the new ‘Small Modern’ case style, the popularity of which was driven by the prevalence of small homes after the war. Almost all extant Knight pianos are small modern uprights, usually in mahogany, rosewood or teak finishes, with black gloss finishes being much rarer.
Knight K10 pianos are really well made, with top quality materials used in the soundboard, frame and action, and the sturdily constructed case. These instruments are very long-lasting and restore very well, as well as being very resilient to changes in temperature and to being moved. The K10 small modern upright is probably the best small modern upright piano available to the pre-owned market and rivals new Chinese and Japanese pianos, especially when a warmer tone is preferred; we always like to keep one in stock, either pre-owned or restored. The 1975 K10 Knight piano pictured below (in stock 23.5.13), with its satin mahogany case in very good condition. This piano has been regulated by our dedicated technician.
The K10’s touch and tone is typically British, with a clear yet warm tone and responsive, medium-weight keyboard action. Though the smooth, medium-weight action makes them eminently suitable for young beginners, these pianos are high quality, serious instruments which we recommend to beginner and advanced pianists alike.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions, or visit our piano showroom in Bath (Tuesday to Sunday) and play!