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SEILER

Including Eduard Seiler and Johannes Seiler

Samick Music Corp. (SMC)
1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
615-206-0077
[email protected]
www.seilerpianousa.com

Pianos made by: Ed. Seiler Pianofortefabrik, Kitzingen, Germany; with Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Eduard Seiler, the company’s founder, began making pianos in 1849, in Liegnitz, Silesia, then part of Prussia. By 1923 the company had grown to over 435 employees, was producing up to 3,000 pianos per year, and was the largest piano manufacturer in Eastern Europe. In 1945 and after World War II, when Liegnitz  (now Legnica) became part of Poland, the plant was nationalized by the Polish Communist government, and the Seiler family left their native homeland with millions of other refugees. In 1954, Steffan Seiler reestablished the company in Copenhagen under the fourth generation of family ownership, and began making pianos again. In 1962 he moved the company to Kitzingen, in Bavaria, Germany, where it resides today. Steffan Seiler died in 1999; the company was managed by his widow, Ursula, until its sale to Samick in 2008. Seiler now produces about 1,000 pianos annually. Samick continues Seiler’s tradition of making high-quality pianos, while diversifying the product lineup to suit a wider range of buyers.

Seiler uses a combination of traditional methods and modern technology. The scale designs are of relatively high tension, producing a balanced tone that is quite consistent from one Seiler piano to the next. Although brilliant, the tone also sings well, due to, the company says, a unique, patented soundboard feature called the Membrator system, used in Seiler’s SE and ED lines: The perimeter of the soundboard is sculpted to be thicker and heavier in mass than the central portion of the board, forming an internal frame within the soundboard itself. The lighter, inner area becomes the vibrating membrane — a diaphragm on its own — unimpeded by the larger soundboard’s attachment to the inner rim. Seiler says that its use of the Membrator system, as well as effective rib positioning, improves the soundboard’s efficiency in radiating sound. It’s easy to identify the Membrator by the tapered groove around the perimeter of the board.

The grands have wide tails, for greater soundboard area and string length. The German Seiler pianos feature Bavarian spruce soundboards, multi-laminated Delignit pinblocks, quartersawn beech bridges, full Renner actions, and slow-close fallboards. A few years ago, the grands were redesigned with a duplex scale for greater treble tonal color, and with longer keys and a lighter touch. Musically, these redesigns were very successful; they retained the typical Seiler clarity, but had longer sustain and a more even-feeling touch.

Beginning in 2010, Samick expanded the Seiler line to cover several additional price points. The top-level, SE-series instruments continue to be handcrafted at the Seiler factory in Kitzingen, Germany, just as they have been for many years. These come in two styles, Classic and Trend. The construction and specifications of the two styles are the same, but the Trends look a bit more modern, and sport a silver-colored plate and chrome hardware, whereas the Classics have the traditional gold- or bronze-colored plate and brass hardware. Both are available in dozens of special furniture styles with beautiful, exotic woods and inlays.

The mid-level Seiler pianos, the ED models, are also known as the Eduard Seiler line. The pianos are manufactured entirely at Samick’s Indonesian factory, using German CNC machinery, to the exact scales and specifications of the hand-built German models. The actions include Renner wippen assemblies and an action rail of Delignit or hornbeam, with keys made by Samick. An Elite Series, currently consisting of models ED-168HS (Heritage) and ED-208 (Conservatory Artist), receive special care and attention from technical personnel in the Tennessee facility. The Eduard Seiler ES Studio Series uses the same strung backs and cabinets as the ED series, but these components are then shipped to Kitzingen, Germany, where assembly is completed, full Renner actions and German hammers are installed, and the final musical finishing of the instruments is performed.

In July 2013, the new Johannes Seiler line was introduced. Though it features cabinetry as beautiful as that of its more expensive brethren, this lower-cost line has its own scale design not shared by other Samick-owned brands, and is produced entirely in the company’s Indonesian facility, using Samick’s premium action and hammers from Abel. These three grand and three vertical models can be identified by the “Johannes Seiler” label on the fallboard.

At both the German and Indonesian factories, strung backs are inspected and cabinet parts carefully fitted to ensure that all specifications have been met to precise tolerances. Soundboard mass distribution and rib positioning are under strict quality control, to achieve consistency in the soundboard’s acoustical properties. Pre-stretching of the strings is done several times, followed by multiple tunings, to ensure maximum stability. Hammer alignment, voicing, and key weighting and balancing are all carefully performed by experienced Seiler technicians, both at the factory and at the company’s Tennessee distribution facility, before shipment to dealers.

Seiler’s 52″ model SE-132, 49″ model ED-126, and 52″ model ED-132 are all available by special order with the optional Super Magnet Repetition (SMR) action, a patented feature that uses magnets to increase repetition speed. During play, tiny magnets attached to certain action parts of each note repel each other, forcing the parts to return to their rest position faster, ready for the next keystroke.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Eduard Seiler and Johannes Seiler, other wood finishes: Verticals $1,500 (SMP), Grands $2,000 (SMP).

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Seiler Verticals
SE-112 43 Modern, Satin Ebony 45,205 34,485
SE-116 45 Primus, Polished Ebony 37,185 28,544
SE-116 45 Mondial, Polished Ebony 39,234 30,062
SE-116 45 Mondial, Polished Rosewood 53,137 40,361
SE-116 45 Console, Polished Ebony 43,214 33,010
SE-116 45 Konzept, Satin Ebony 52,163 39,639
SE-116 45 Konzept, Satin White 52,163 39,639
SE-116 45 Impuls, Polished Ebony 46,941 35,771
SE-116 45 Impuls, Satin Wenge 48,690 37,067
SE-116 45 Clou, Polished Ebony 46,192 35,216
SE-116 45 Accent, Polished Ebony 46,192 35,216
SE-116SC 45 Institutional, Satin Ebony 41,756 31,930
SE-122 48 Primus, Polished Ebony 49,664 37,788
SE-122 48 Passion, Polished Ebony 48,228 36,724
SE-126 49 Console, Polished Ebony 54,936 41,693
SE-126 49 Console, Satin Walnut 56,609 42,933
SE-126 49 Attraction, Polished Ebony 58,795 44,552
SE-126 49 Attraction, Polished Ebony w/Ziricote 76,508 57,673
SE-126R 49 Ritmo-Institutional, Satin Ebony 37,865 29,048
SE-126R 49 Ritmo-Institutional, Polished Ebony 35,906 27,597
SE-132 53 Consert, Polished Ebony 67,414 50,936
SE-132 53 Consert, Polished Ebony w/SMR 70,887 53,509
SE-132R 53 Ritmo-Institutional, Satin Ebony 41,913 32,047
SE-132R 53 Ritmo-Institutional, Polished Ebony 39,954 30,596
Seiler, Eduard Verticals
ED-126 49 Primus, Satin Ebony 16,862 13,490
ED-126 49 Primus, Polished Ebony 16,189 12,992
ED-126N 49 Primus, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 16,979 13,577
ED-126N 49 Primus, Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 16,189 12,992
ED-126M 49 Primus, Satin Ebony w/SMR 18,550 14,741
ED-126M 49 Primus, Polished Ebony w/SMR 17,861 14,230
ED-126M 49 Primus, Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut w/SMR 18,980 15,059
ED-126MN 49 Primus, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 18,769 14,903
ED-126MN 49 Primus, Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 17,861 14,230
ED-126MN 49 Primus, Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 18,982 15,061
ED-126MN 49 Primus, Polished Ebony & Rosewood w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 18,982 15,061
ED-132 52 Konzert, Satin Ebony 17,861 14,230
ED-132 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony 17,226 13,760
ED-132 52 Konzert, Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut 18,555 14,744
ED-132N 52 Konzert, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 18,572 14,757
ED-132N 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 17,226 13,760
ED-132M 52 Konzert, Satin Ebony w/SMR 19,899 15,740
ED-132M 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony w/SMR 18,986 15,064
ED-132M 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony & Rosewood w/SMR 20,161 15,934
ED-132MN 52 Konzert, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 21,599 16,999
ED-132MN 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 18,986 15,064
ED-132MN 52 Konzert, Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 21,079 16,614
ED-132MN 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony & Rosewood w/Nickel Hardware & SMR 21,079 16,614
Seiler, Johannes Verticals
GS-110NDR 43 Continental Polished Ebony 13,055 12,111
GS-110NDR 43 Continental Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut 13,630 12,600
GS-110NDR 43 Continental Polished Fire-Engine Red 13,630 12,600
GS-110BDR 43 170th Anniv. Polished White/Grey w/Black Hardware 13,630 12,600
GS-112NDR 44 Polished Ebony 13,742 12,695
GS-112NDR 44 Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut 14,356 13,218
GS-112NDR 44 Polished Fire-Engine Red 14,356 13,218
GS-112BDR 44 170th Anniv. Polished White/Grey w/Black Hardware 14,356 13,218
GS-245 45 Satin Ebony 12,870 10,900
GS-245 45 Polished Ebony 12,281 10,447
GS-116N 45.5 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 12,215 10,396
GS-116N 45.5 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 12,090 10,300
GS-116N 45.5 Polished Dark Walnut/Blue/Rosewood w/Nickel Hardware 12,478 10,598
GS-247 46.5 Satin Ebony 13,724 11,557
GS-247 46.5 Polished Ebony 12,771 10,824
GS-247 46.5 Satin Walnut 13,724 11,557
GS-647 46.5 Traditional Satin Mahogany 13,045 11,035
GS-647 46.5 Renaissance Satin Walnut 13,045 11,035
GS-647 46.5 French Provincial Satin Cherry 13,045 11,035
GS-122 48.5 Satin Ebony 13,734 11,565
GS-122 48.5 Polished Ebony 12,478 10,598
GS-122 48.5 Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut 13,734 11,565
GS-122 48.5 Polished Ebony & Rosewood 13,734 11,565
GS-122N 48.5 Impulz, Polished Ebony 12,854 10,888
GS-122LID 48.5 Satin Dark Walnut 14,053 11,810
Seiler, Eduard ES Studio Series Verticals
ES-126 49 Primus, Satin Ebony 28,995 22,990
ES-126 49 Primus, Polished Ebony 27,495 21,990
ES-132 52 Konzert, Satin Ebony 32,095 24,990
ES-132 52 Konzert, Polished Ebony 30,595 24,190
Seiler Grands
SE-168 5 6 Virtuoso, Polished Ebony 124,025 92,870
SE-168 5 6 Virtuoso, Polished Mahogany 148,983 111,358
SE-168 I 5 6 Institutional, Satin Ebony 79,764 60,084
SE-168 I 5 6 Institutional, Polished Ebony 77,805 58,633
SE-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Ebony 145,648 108,887
SE-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Mahogany 156,065 116,604
SE-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Rosewood 166,745 124,515
SE-186 6 2 Maestro, Matte Ebony Ceramic 173,866 129,790
SE-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Ebony w/Ziricote 157,739 117,844
SE-186 6 2 Louvre, Polished Cherry 196,725 146,722
SE-186 6 2 Florenz, Polished Mahogany 196,725 146,722
SE-186 I 6 2 Institutional, Satin Ebony 86,972 65,424
SE-186 I 6 2 Institutional, Polished Ebony 85,014 63,973
SE-208 6 10 Professional, Polished Ebony 163,273 121,943
SE-214 7 0 Konzert, Polished Ebony 193,053 144,002
SE-242 8 0 Konzert, Polished Ebony 216,024 161,018
SE-278 9 2 Konzert, Polished Ebony 340,636 253,323
Seiler, Eduard Grands
ED-168 5 6 Virtuoso, Satin Ebony 47,117 35,901
ED-168 5 6 Virtuoso, Polished Ebony 46,443 35,402
ED-168HS 5 6 Heritage, Satin Ebony 58,708 44,487
ED-168HS 5 6 Heritage, Polished Ebony 57,159 43,340
ED-168N 5 6 Virtuoso, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 51,629 39,244
ED-168N 5 6 Virtuoso, Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 46,443 35,402
ED-186 6 2 Maestro, Satin Ebony 57,323 43,461
ED-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Ebony 55,649 42,221
ED-186 6 2 Polished Ebony & Rosewood 59,009 44,710
ED-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Macassar/Ziricote 60,031 45,467
ED-186N 6 2 Maestro, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 59,945 45,404
ED-186N 6 2 Maestro, Polished Ebony w/NIckel Hardware 55,649 42,221
ED-208 6 10 Conservatory Artist, Satin Ebony 78,919 59,459
ED-208 6 10 Conservatory Artist, Polished Ebony 72,849 54,962
ED-208N 6 10 Conservatory Artist, Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 79,406 59,819
ED-208N 6 10 Conservatory Artist, Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 73,343 55,328
Seiler, Johannes Grands
GS-149 4 9 Satin Ebony 26,114 19,653
GS-149 4 9 Polished Ebony 24,147 18,248
GS-149 4 9 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 27,106 20,361
GS-150 5 0 Satin Ebony 23,170 17,550
GS-150 5 0 Polished Ebony 22,383 16,988
GS-150 5 0 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga Accents 25,469 19,192
GS-150B 5 0 170th Anniv. Polished White/Grey w/Black Hardware 25,469 19,192
GS-150LN 5 0 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware, round leg 27,017 20,298
GS-150LN 5 0 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware, round leg 25,469 19,192
GS-150LN 5 0 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga Accents w/Nickel Hardware, round leg 27,630 20,736
GS-150N 5 0 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 24,428 18,449
GS-150N 5 0 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 22,383 16,988
GS-150N 5 0 Polished Lacquer Dark Walnut w/Nickel Hardware 24,544 18,531
GS-150N 5 0 Polished White/Fire-Engine Red/Blue w/Nickel Hardware 26,681 20,058
GS-160 5 3 Satin Ebony 31,722 23,659
GS-160 5 3 Polished Ebony 29,973 22,409
GS-160LN 5 3 Satin Ebony, round leg 35,719 26,514
GS-160LN 5 3 Polished Ebony, round leg 34,095 25,354
GS-160LN 5 3 Polished White, round leg 37,093 27,495
GS-160N 5 3 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 32,918 24,513
GS-160N 5 3 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 29,973 22,409
GS-175 5 9 Satin Ebony 34,720 25,800
GS-175 5 9 Polished Ebony 32,971 24,551
GS-175N 5 9 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 35,747 26,534
GS-175N 5 9 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 32,971 24,551
GS-186 6 2 Satin Ebony 37,093 27,495
GS-186 6 2 Polished Ebony 35,719 26,514
GS-186N 6 2 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 36,954 27,396
GS-186N 6 2 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 35,719 26,514
GS-208 6 10 Satin Ebony 40,783 30,131
GS-208 6 10 Polished Ebony 39,346 29,104
GS-208N 6 10 Satin Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 40,541 29,958
GS-208N 6 10 Polished Ebony w/Nickel Hardware 39,346 29,104
Seiler, Eduard ES Studio Series Grands
ES-168 5 6 Virtuoso, Satin Ebony 61,079 46,598
ES-168 5 6 Virtuoso, Polished Ebony 59,579 45,198
ES-186 6 2 Maestro, Satin Ebony 66,599 52,598
ES-186 6 2 Maestro, Polished Ebony 65,099 51,198

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