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Schimmel

Including Wilhelm Schimmel,
Fridolin Schimmel, Vogel

Schimmel Piano Corporation
306 Winding Hill Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601
800-426-3205
schimmel@ptd.net
www.schimmel-pianos.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. 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 distributed in North America is organized into four categories: Konzert (K) and Classic (C), both made entirely in Germany; Wilhelm Schimmel (formerly known as Vogel), assembled 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 models use rims, soundboards, and strings from Germany; actions sourced in Asia; and cabinet parts from Poland. Final regulation and preparation are done in Schimmel’s facility in Braunschweig, Germany. 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 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.

See the Introduction to Brand Profiles, Models, and Prices for an explanation of pricing.

Model & Pricing Guide

Fridolin Schimmel Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
F 116
46
Ebony Polish
$8,623
$7,898
F 116
46
White Polish
$9,035
$8,228
F 121
48
Walnut or White Polish
$10,273
$9,218
F 121
48
Ebony Polish
$9,860
$8,888
F 123
49
Mahogany or White Polish
$11,510
$10,208
F 123
49
Ebony Polish
$11,098
$9,878

Wilhelm Schimmel Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
W 114 Modern
46
White Polish
$22,485
$18,988
W 114 Tradition
46
Mahogany or White Polish
$22,143
$18,714
W 114 Modern
46
Ebony Polish
$20,215
$17,172
W 114 Tradition
46
Ebony Polish
$19,185
$16,348
W 118 Tradition
48
Ebony Polish
$20,960
$17,768
W 118 Tradition
48
Mahogany or White Polish
$23,915
$20,132
W 123 Tradition
49
Mahogany or White Polish
$25,690
$21,552
W 123 Tradition
49
Ebony Polish
$22,733
$19,186

Schimmel Classic Series Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
C 116 Modern Cubus
46
White Polish
$35,888
$29,710
C 116 Modern
46
Ebony Polish
$32,340
$26,872
C 116 Tradition
46
Walnut, Cherry, or Alder Satin
$27,905
$23,324
C 116 Modern
46
White Polish
$35,888
$29,710
C 116 Tradition
46
Ebony Polish
$27,905
$23,324
C 116 Modern Cubus
46
Ebony Polish
$32,340
$26,872
C 126 Tradition
50
Mahogany Polish
$40,320
$33,256
C 126 Tradition
50
Ebony Polish
$36,773
$30,418
C 130 Tradition
51
Ebony Polish
$39,955
$32,964
C 130 Tradition
51
Mahogany Polish
$43,278
$35,622

Schimmel Konzert SeriesVerticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
K 122 Elegance
48
Ebony Polish
$40,765
$33,612
K 125 Tradition
49
Ebony Polish
$43,723
$35,978
K 125 Tradition
49
Mahogany Polish
$48,450
$39,760
K 132 Tradition
52
Mahogany Polish
$54,660
$44,728
K 132 Tradition
52
Ebony Polish
$49,930
$40,944

Wilhelm Schimmel Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
W 180 Tradition
6
0
Ebony Polish
$46,383
$38,106
W 180 Tradition
6
0
Mahogany or White Polish
$52,295
$42,836
W 206 Tradition
6
10
Mahogany or White Polish
$62,643
$51,114
W 206 Tradition
6
10
Ebony Polish
$56,728
$46,382

Schimmel Classic Series Grands

Schimmel Konzert Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
C 169 Tradition
5
7
Ebony Polish
$76,090
$61,872
C 169 Tradition
5
7
Mahogany or White Polish
$83,480
$67,784
C 189 Tradition
6
3
Ebony Polish
$80,523
$65,418
C 189 Tradition
6
3
Mahogany or White Polish
$87,915
$71,332
C 213 Tradition
7
0
Ebony Polish
$87,915
$71,332
C 213 Tradition
7
0
Mahogany or White Polish
$95,303
$77,242

Schimmel Konzert Series Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
K 175 Tradition
5
9
Ebony Polish
$108,588
$87,870
K 175 Tradition
5
9
Mahogany or White Polish
$118,198
$95,558
K 195 Tradition
6
5
Mahogany or White Polish
$127,808
$103,246
K 195 Tradition
6
5
Ebony Polish
$118,198
$95,558
K 213
7
0
Glass Clear Acrylic and White or Black and Gold
$358,750
$288,000
K 219 Tradition
7
2
Mahogany or White Polish
$137,415
$110,932
K 219 Tradition
7
2
Ebony Polish
$127,808
$103,246
K 230 Tradition
7
6
Ebony Polish
$147,025
$118,620
K 256 Tradition
8
4
Ebony Polish
$166,245
$133,996
K 280 Tradition
9
2
Ebony Polish
$191,870
$154,496