By the end of the twentieth century, Schimmel Pianos were appreciated and respected worldwide: it was (and indeed still is) the largest volume German piano manufacturer. From its establishment in 1885 in Leipzig, the company had survived the worst years of the century and could, as most other manufacturers did at the time, have lived on its reputation.
In the 1980s however Schimmel pianos utilised the latest technologies to reassess both the design and manufacture of its pianos. ‘Computer Aided Piano Engineering’ led to numerous new realisations and their new range of 'Konzert' pianos, which appeared from 2000, are significantly different from any other European piano.
"In April, Peregrine's Pianos of Grays Inn Road, London organised a trip to the Schimmel Piano Factory in Germany and I was very fortunate to be invited along by the proprietor Dawn Elizabeth Howells. German-made pianos are still the best in the world and Schimmel pianos represent the very best. The quality of tone and the sheer playability of their instruments make them an absolute delight for the beginning pianist and for the concert pianist." Music Teacher, August 2013.
Peregrine's Pianos were represented at the Schimmel Pianos Worldwide Dealers' Meeting (13th-15th April 2013) when two completely new product lines were introduced along with major changes to both the Konzert and Classic series instruments. Details of the meeting are at Schimmel Dealers' Meeting 2013 and the developments mean that Schimmel pianos now encompass entry level through to exceptionally fine professional instruments.
The Konzert series has evolved further and now represents the finest performance German instruments on the market. They are complemented by the 'Schimmel Classic' and the ‘Schimmel International’ - all made in Braunschweig - and also by the ‘Wilhelm Schimmel’ made in Europe.
"Players enthuse about the Schimmel K230's palette of tonal colour, the excellent power reserves, the faultless action, the consistent and smooth playability - but most highlighted is the inspiration that the instrument provokes" Pianist Magazine, April 2012.
The Schimmel Konzert Range instruments, even more after the latest innovations, are now second to none. The grand pianos are based on a unified design concept which means that even the smallest grand has the same action and key length as the largest; this illustration shows all six instruments. The present sizes are 175cm, 195cm, 219cm, 230cm, 256cm and 280cm. The prices reflect the fine quality and high investment value and start at £44,990 for the smallest instrument. The range also includes three upright pianos - 122cm, 125cm and 132cm - priced from £13,990.
The K230 was one of the last Konzert Range grand pianos to be introduced - it was presented at the Frankfurt Internationale Musikmesse in March 2007 and won the prestigious "Choc de l'annee 2007" for instruments between 210cm and 240cm. We agree with the reviewer for "Pianiste" magazine who said "This new grand piano model has been a great success and the musical possibilities of this instrument make an immediate impression." The piano sets a new bench mark.
Hannes Schimmel-Vogel, president Schimmel pianos, and Dawn Elizabeth Howells, February 2012.
"Schimmel's concert grands are some of the finest in the world and the Konzert range is constantly being improved. (This was expertly demonstrated by Howells during an impromptu performance on a K280 at Schimmel's in-house recital hall.)" International Piano Magazine , May 2012
The Schimmel Classic Range are distinguished professional working pianos. The Classic grand pianos are available in three sizes - 169cm, 189cm and 213cm - and are priced from £26,990. There are upright pianos in five heights - 114cm, 116cm, 120cm, 126cm and 130cm - at prices from £9,290 to £14,490.
The Schimmel International Range is a new German-made product line and these are the most competitively priced German pianos on the market. The grand pianos here are in two sizes - 182cm and 208cm - at prices from £20,990. The upright pianos (115cm, 119cm and 123cm) are priced from £7,490.
The Wilhelm Schimmel Range are the new entry level pianos made in Schimmel's Polish factory. The grand pianos are 180cm and 206cm and are priced from £18,990 whereas the upright pianos are 114cm, 118cm and 123cm and priced from £5,990.
The Schimmel 'Twin Tone' is a silent system which is incorporated as the instrument is being built. At the touch of the middle pedal, the instrument is transformed into a silent, digital piano and the music can be heard through headphones or relayed via a MIDI output to other technical equipment.
For those contemplating the purchase of one of the larger grand pianos we can arrange a visit to the factory. Customers are offered a range of instruments from which they can make their selection.
The Schimmel factory in Braunschweig
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