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Seiler

Including Eduard Seiler and Johannes Seiler

Samick Music Corp. (SMC)
1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
615-206-0077
info@smcmusic.com
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.

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

Model & Pricing Guide

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

Johannes Seiler Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
GS-110 BDR
43
White Polish w/Black Hardware
$13,630
$11,096
GS-110 NDR
43
Ebony Polish
$13,055
$10,670
GS-110 NDR
43
Fire Engine Red Polish
$13,630
$11,096
GS-110 BDR
43
Gray Polish w/Black Hardware
$13,630
$11,096
GS-110 NDR
43
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$13,630
$11,096
GS-112 BDR
44
White Polish w/Black Hardware
$14,356
$11,634
GS-112 NDR
44
Ebony Polish
$13,742
$11,179
GS-112 NDR
44
Fire Engine Red Polish
$14,356
$11,634
GS-112 BDR
44
Gray Polish w/Black Hardware
$14,356
$11,634
GS-112 NDR
44
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$14,356
$11,634
GS-245
45
Ebony Satin
$12,870
$10,533
GS-245
45
Ebony Polish
$12,281
$10,097
GS-116 N
45.5
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss w/Nickel Hardware
$12,478
$10,243
GS-116 N
45.5
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$12,215
$10,048
GS-116 N
45.5
Blue Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$12,478
$10,243
GS-116 N
45.5
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$12,090
$9,956
GS-647 Renaissance
46.5
Walnut Satin
$13,045
$10,663
GS-647 French Provincial
46.5
Cherry Satin
$13,045
$10,663
GS-647 Traditional
46.5
Mahogany Satin
$13,045
$10,663
GS-247
46.5
Ebony Polish
$12,771
$10,460
GS-247
46.5
Walnut Satin
$13,724
$11,166
GS-247
46.5
Ebony Satin
$13,724
$11,166
GS-122N Impulz
48.5
Ebony Polish
$12,854
$10,521
GS-122N Lid
48.5
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$14,053
$11,410
GS-122
48.5
Ebony Satin
$13,734
$11,173
GS-122
48.5
Ebony Polish
$12,478
$10,243
GS-122
48.5
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$13,734
$11,173
GS-122
48.5
Ebony + Rosewood Polish
$13,734
$11,173

Eduard Seiler Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
ED-126N
49
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$16,189
$12,992
ED-126M
49
Ebony Polish
$17,861
$14,230
ED-126MN
49
Ebony Satin
$18,769
$14,903
ED-126N
49
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$18,979
$15,059
ED-126M
49
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$18,980
$15,059
ED-126
49
Ebony Polish
$16,189
$12,992
ED-126MN
49
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$18,982
$15,061
ED-126
49
Ebony Satin
$16,862
$13,490
ED-126MN
49
Ebony Polish
$17,861
$14,230
ED-126M
49
Ebony Satin
$18,550
$14,741
ED-132
52
Ebony Satin
$17,861
$14,230
ED-132M
52
Ebony Satin
$19,899
$15,740
ED-132MN
52
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$21,079
$16,614
ED-132M
52
Ebony Satin
$19,899
$15,740
ED-132M
52
Ebony Polish
$18,986
$15,064
ED-132N
52
Ebony Satin
$18,572
$14,757
ED-132
52
Ebony Polish
$17,226
$13,760
ED-132
52
Ebony Satin
$17,861
$14,230
ED-132
52
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss
$18,555
$14,744
ED-132N
52
Ebony Polish
$17,226
$13,760

Seiler Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
SE-112 Modern
43
Ebony Satin
$45,205
$34,485
SE-116 Konzept
45
White Satin
$52,163
$39,639
SE-116 Konzept
45
Ebony Satin
$52,163
$39,639
SE-116 Impuls
45
Ebony Polish
$46,941
$35,771
SE-116 Impuls
45
Wenge Satin
$48,690
$37,067
SE-116 Clou
45
Ebony Polish
$46,192
$35,216
SE-126 Attraction
49
Ebony Polish
$58,795
$44,552
SE-126 Attraction
49
Ebony + Ziricote Polish
$76,508
$57,673
SE-132KO
49
Ebony Polish
$67,414
$50,936
SE-132R
53
Ebony Polish
$39,954
$30,596
SE-132R
53
Ebony Satin
$41,913
$32,047
SE-122
45
Ebony Polish
$48,228
$36,724
SE-122PM
45
Ebony Polish
$49,664
$37,788
SE-126 Attraction
45
Ebony + Maccassar Polish
$41,756
$31,930
SE-126KO
45
Ebony Polish
$54,936
$41,693
SE-126KO
45
Walnut Satin
$56,609
$42,933
SE-126R
49
Ebony Polish
$35,906
$27,597
SE-126R
49
Ebony Satin
$37,865
$29,048
SE-116CO
45
Ebony Polish
$43,214
$33,010
SE-116MO
45
Rosewood Polish
$53,137
$40,361
SE-116MO
45
Ebony Polish
$39,234
$30,062
SE-116PM
45
Ebony Polish
$37,185
$28,544
SE-116 Accent
45
Ebony Polish
$46,192
$35,216

Johannes Seiler Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
GS-149
4
9
Ebony Polish
$24,147
$18,887
GS-149
4
9
Ebony Satin
$26,114
$20,344
GS-149
4
9
White Polish
$27,106
$21,079
GS-149
4
9
Walnut Polish
$27,106
$21,079
GS-150 N
5
0
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$22,383
$17,580
GS-150 N
5
0
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$24,428
$19,095
GS-150 N
5
0
White Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$26,681
$20,764
GS-150 N
5
0
Dark Walnut Lacquer Semi-Gloss w/Nickel Hardware
$24,544
$19,181
GS-150 N
5
0
Blue Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$26,681
$20,764
GS-150 N
5
0
Fire Engine Red Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$26,681
$20,764
GS-150 B
5
0
Gray Polish w/Black Hardware
$25,469
$19,866
GS-150 B
5
0
White Polish w/Black Hardware
$25,469
$19,866
GS-150 B
5
0
Ebony Polish
$22,383
$17,580
GS-150 B
5
0
Ebony Satin
$23,170
$18,163
GS-150 B
5
0
Ebony + Bubinga Polish
$25,469
$19,866
GS-150
5
0
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$25,469
$19,866
GS-150
5
0
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$27,017
$21,013
GS-150
5
0
Ebony + Bubinga Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$27,630
$21,467
GS-160 N
5
3
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$29,973
$23,202
GS-160 N
5
3
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$32,918
$25,384
GS-160
5
3
Ebony Polish
$29,973
$23,202
GS-160
5
3
Ebony Satin
$31,722
$24,498
GS-160 LN
5
3
Ebony Polish
$34,095
$26,256
GS-160 LN
5
3
Ebony Satin
$35,719
$27,459
GS-160 LN
5
3
White Polish
$37,093
$28,476
GS-175 N
5
9
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$32,971
$25,423
GS-175 N
5
9
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$35,747
$27,479
GS-175
5
9
Ebony Polish
$32,971
$25,423
GS-175
5
9
Ebony Satin
$34,720
$26,719
GS-186 N
6
2
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$35,719
$27,459
GS-186 N
6
2
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$36,954
$28,373
GS-186
6
2
Ebony Polish
$35,719
$27,459
GS-186
6
2
Ebony Satin
$37,093
$28,476
GS-208 N
6
10
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$39,346
$30,145
GS-208 N
6
10
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$40,541
$31,030
GS-208
6
10
Ebony Polish
$39,346
$30,145
GS-208
6
10
Ebony Satin
$40,783
$31,210

Eduard Seiler Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
ED-168HS
5
6
Ebony Satin
$58,708
$44,487
ED-168HS
5
6
Ebony Polish
$57,159
$43,340
ED-168
5
6
Ebony Satin
$47,114
$35,899
ED-168
5
6
Ebony Polish
$46,443
$35,402
ED-168N
5
6
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$51,629
$39,244
ED-168N
5
6
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$46,443
$35,402
ED-186N
6
2
Ebony Satin w/Nickel Hardware
$59,945
$45,404
ED-186N
6
2
Ebony Polish w/Nickel Hardware
$55,649
$42,221
ED-186
6
2
Ebony Satin
$57,323
$43,461
ED-186
6
2
Macassar Polish
$60,031
$45,467
ED-186
6
2
Ebony Polish
$55,649
$42,221
ED-186
6
2
Ebony + Ziricote Polish
$60,031
$45,467
ED-208
6
10
Ebony Polish
$72,849
$54,962
ED-208N
6
10
Ebony Satin
$79,406
$59,819
ED-208N
6
10
Ebony Polish
$73,343
$55,328
ED-208
6
10
Ebony Satin
$78,919
$59,459

Seiler Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
SE-168I
5
6
Ebony Polish
$77,805
$58,633
SE-168I
5
6
Ebony Satin
$79,764
$60,084
SE-168VI
5
6
Walnut Satin
$148,983
$111,358
SE-168VI
5
6
Ebony Polish
$124,025
$92,870
SE-186MA
6
2
Rosewood Polish
$166,745
$124,515
SE-186MA
6
2
Ebony + Maccassar Polish
$166,745
$124,515
SE-168I
6
2
Ebony Polish
$85,014
$63,973
SE-186MA
6
2
Ebony Polish
$145,648
$108,887
SE-186FL
6
2
Mahogany Polish
$196,725
$146,722
SE-186MA
6
2
Mahogany Polish
$156,065
$116,604
SE-168I
6
2
Ebony Satin
$86,972
$65,424
SE-186LOU
6
2
Cherry Polish
$196,725
$146,722
SE-168I
6
2
Ebony Polish
$85,014
$63,973
SE-208PR
6
10
Ebony Polish
$163,273
$121,943
SE-214
7
0
Ebony Polish
$193,053
$144,002
SE-242KO
8
0
Ebony Polish
$216,024
$161,018
SE-278KO
9
2
Ebony Polish
$340,636
$253,323