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SCHIMMEL

Including Wilhelm Schimmel, Vogel, May Berlin

Schimmel Piano Corporation
329 North New Street
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543
800-426-3205
schimmel@ptd.net
www.schimmel-piano.de


Pianos made by: Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany (Schimmel), and Kalisz, Poland (Wilhelm Schimmel); and Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Ltd., Guangzhou, China (Fridolin Schimmel)

Wilhelm Schimmel began making pianos in Leipzig in 1885, and his company enjoyed steady growth through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The two World Wars and the Depression disrupted production several times, but the company has gradually rebuilt itself over the past 70 years while earning a strong reputation for quality. In 2016, the Chinese piano maker Pearl River purchased a majority interest in Schimmel, in which the Schimmel family remains shareholders. Today, Schimmel is managed by Hannes Schimmel-Vogel, the husband of Viola Schimmel. One of Europe’s most prolific piano makers, Schimmel makes about 2,500 verticals and 500 grands per year.

Among European piano manufacturers, Schimmel has been a pioneer in the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing. The company has used its Computer Assisted Piano Engineering (CAPE) software to research, design, and implement virtually every aspect of making a piano, from keyboard layout and action geometry to soundboard acoustics and scale design. According to Schimmel, the combination of CNC machinery and handcraftsmanship leads to better results than handwork alone. Schimmel also believes that precision is aided by controlling as much of the production process as possible. For that reason, Schimmel produces its own piano-cabinet components and its own keyboards, which it also supplies to other German piano makers.

Schimmel’s model line is organized into five categories: Konzert (K) and Classic (C), both made entirely in Germany; the Schimmel International series, made in Germany from parts sourced globally (this series is no longer exported to North America); Wilhelm Schimmel (formerly known as Vogel), made in Poland; and Fridolin Schimmel, made in China by Pearl River.

The company says that the purpose of the Konzert series is to expand the Schimmel line upward to a higher level of quality than it had previously attained, whereas the Classic series represents models that have been tested over time and are solid, traditional, high-quality instruments, but without all the latest refinements. The Konzert-series uprights — 48" model K122, 49" model K125, and 52" model K132 — are based on a more sophisticated philosophy of construction than the Classics, and incorporate triplex scaling and other advanced design features. Schimmel’s philosophy for these uprights was to design them to be as much like the grands as possible. The treble scales, in fact, are exactly the same as in the Konzert grands. All uprights have adjustable gliders (to adjust to unevenness in the floor) and come with a matching adjustable bench.

All Konzert grand models are scaled to use the model 280’s concert-grand action. The case sides are angled slightly to accommodate a larger soundboard, and all have tunable front and rear duplex or triplex scales for greater tonal color. Other advanced features include: improved soundboard and bridge materials, more time spent voicing the instruments in the factory, sharps of real ebony, and mineral white keytops to mimic the feel of ivory. The largest grands have reinforced keys for optimal energy transmission.

Schimmel grand pianos historically had a very bright, clear tone that was a bit thin, and lacking in color in the treble. The grands were redesigned, in part, to add color to the tone, and the result is definitely more interesting than before. Sustain is also very good. The pianos are being delivered to U.S. dealers voiced less bright than in the past, as this is what the American ear tends to prefer. As for the verticals, the smaller models tend to have very big bass for their size, with a tone that emphasizes the fundamental, giving the low end a warmer character. The 52" model K132, which features a grand-shaped soundboard, has a very big sound; listening to it, one might think one was in the presence of a medium-size grand.

In 2002, Schimmel acquired the PianoEurope factory in Kalisz, Poland, a piano-restoration and manufacturing facility. Schimmel at first used the Kalisz factory to manufacture its Vogel brand, a moderately priced line named for the company’s president. This line has now been replaced by the Wilhelm Schimmel brand, named for the company’s founder. Schimmel says that although the skill level of its Polish employees is high, the lower wages and other lower costs available in Poland result in a piano approximately 30% less costly than comparable Schimmel models. Wilhelm Schimmel grand pianos feature full Renner actions, with other parts mainly made by Schimmel, in Braunschweig or in Kalisz. The Wilhelm Schimmel pianos, though designed by Schimmel, don’t have all the refinements and advanced features of the latest Schimmel models. Nevertheless, they have received praise from many quarters for their high-quality workmanship and sound.

The May Berlin line, made for Schimmel in China, has been discontinued. The Fridolin Schimmel line is named for Wilhelm Schimmel’s younger brother, who emigrated to America in 1890, and in 1893 established his own piano-manufacturing business, in Faribault, Minnesota. Fridolin Schimmel instruments feature scales, actions, and cabinets designed by Schimmel in Germany, and are made to high quality standards by Pearl River in China.

Warranty: Schimmel, Wilhelm Schimmel, and Fridolin Schimmel — 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.



Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Schimmel Classic Series Verticals
C 116 46 Tradition Polished Ebony 24,308 20,446
C 116 46 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 27,398 22,918
C 116 46 Tradition Satin Walnut/Cherry/Beech/Alder 27,398 22,918
C 116 46 Modern Cubus Polished Ebony 28,171 23,537
C 116 46 Modern Cubus Polished White 31,261 26,009
C 120 48 Tradition Polished Ebony 26,368 22,094
C 120 48 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 29,458 24,566
C 120 48 Tradition Satin Walnut/Cherry/Beech/Alder 29,458 24,566
C 120 48 Tradition Marketerie Polished Mahogany w/Inlay 31,518 26,214
C 120 48 Elegance Manhattan Polished Ebony 25,467 21,374
C 120 48 Elegance Manhattan Polished Mahogany/White 28,557 23,846
C 120 48 Modern Polished Ebony 30,746 25,597
C 120 48 Modern Polished White 33,836 28,069
C 120 48 NWS Edition 80 32,419 26,935
C 120 48 Royal Polished Ebony 28,943 24,154
C 120 48 Royal Polished Mahogany/White 32,033 26,626
C 120 48 Royal Intarsie Flora Polished Mahogany w/Inlays 34,093 28,274
C 126 50 Tradition Polished Ebony 32,033 26,626
C 126 50 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 35,123 29,098
C 130 51 Tradition Polished Ebony 34,608 28,686
C 130 51 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 37,698 31,158
Schimmel Konzert Series Verticals
K 122 48 Tradition Polished Ebony 35,510 29,408
K 122 48 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 39,630 32,704
K 122 48 Elegance Polished Ebony 35,510 29,408
K 122 48 Elegance Polished White 39,630 32,704
K 125 49 Tradition Polished Ebony 38,085 31,468
K 125 49 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 42,205 34,764
K 132 52 Tradition Polished Ebony 43,493 35,794
K 132 52 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 47,613 39,090
Schimmel, Fridolin Verticals
F 116 46 Polished Ebony 7,838 7,270
F 116 46 Polished White 8,213 7,570
F 121 48 Polished Ebony 8,963 8,170
F 121 48 Polished Walnut/White 9,338 8,470
F 123 49 Polished Ebony 10,088 9,070
F 123 49 Polished Mahogany/White 10,463 9,370
Schimmel, Wilhelm Verticals
W 114 46 Modern Swing Polished Ebony 15,682 13,180
W 114 46 Modern Swing Polished White 18,257 15,180
W 114 46 Tradition Polished Ebony 16,712 13,980
W 114 46 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 19,287 15,980
W 118 48 Tradition Polished Ebony 18,257 15,180
W 118 48 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 20,832 17,180
W 123 49 Tradition Polished Ebony 19,802 16,380
W 123 49 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 22,377 18,380
Schimmel Classic Series Grands
C 169 5 7 Tradition Polished Ebony 66,280 54,024
C 169 5 7 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 72,718 59,174
C 169 5 7 NWS Edition 80 73,233 59,586
C 189 6 3 Tradition Polished Ebony 70,143 57,114
C 189 6 3 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 76,580 62,264
C 189 6 3 NWS Edition 80 77,095 62,676
C 213 7 Tradition Polished Ebony 76,580 62,264
C 213 7 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 83,018 67,414
C 213 7 NWS Edition 80 83,533 67,826
Schimmel Konzert Series Grands
K 175 5 9 Tradition Polished Ebony 84,750 68,800
K 175 5 9 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 92,250 74,800
K 195 6 5 Tradition Polished Ebony 92,250 74,800
K 195 6 5 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 99,750 80,800
K 213 7 Glas Clear Acrylic and White or Black and Gold 312,500 251,000
K 213 7 Otmar Alt Polished Ebony w/Color Motifs 225,000 181,000
K 219 7 2 Tradition Polished Ebony 99,750 80,800
K 219 7 2 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 107,250 86,800
K 230 7 7 Tradition Polished Ebony 114,750 92,800
K 256 8 4 Tradition Polished Ebony 129,750 104,800
K 280 9 2 Tradition Polished Ebony 149,750 120,800
Schimmel, Wilhelm Grands
W 180 6 Tradition Polished Ebony 40,402 32,380
W 180 6 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 45,552 36,380
W 206 6 10 Tradition Polished Ebony 49,414 39,380
W 206 6 10 Tradition Polished Mahogany/White 54,564 43,380