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Buy a Schimmel piano and experience the real art of piano construction

Along with Grotrian-Steinweg, Schimmel is one of the best-known Braunschweig piano and grand piano manufacturers with a long tradition and outstanding quality.

When you buy a Schimmel piano, you will feel the real craftsmanship and love for music with every keystroke.

Before buying, you should seek advice from an expert, because your new piano should of course provide lasting pleasure. The trained piano builders at Musikhaus Rudert are at your side with expert knowledge if you want to buy a Schimmel piano and are not only looking for fair prices, but also expert advice.

Why buy a Schimmel piano?

"Made in Germany" - this seal of approval stands for the best quality and maximum reliability. This clearly applies to Schimmel pianos. It can take over a year for the 10,000 individual parts to be united into a harmonious whole - and you can hear and feel this love for craftsmanship. Buying a Schimmel piano was and is a real investment in the future - it is not uncommon for fine pieces to be passed on from generation to generation.

“Tradition, quality, durability and an inimitable sound inspire beginners and professionals alike with Schimmel pianos.

Committed to tradition - Schimmel is a grand piano and upright piano manufacturer with a long history

Wilhelm Schimmel founded his company in 1885 and manufactured the first Schimmel piano, back then in Leipzig.

  • • "Quality prevails" and
  • • "The best possible instrument at an affordable price"

- those were the motto of the piano maker Wilhelm Schimmel and the success proved him right: Less than 10 years later, the 1000th instrument left the factory.

Although a piano has by and large been almost unchanged for over 300 years, small changes make the improvements - and here Schimmel always strives to get better. Under the management of Wilhelm Arno Schimmel, Schimmel - now based in Braunschweig - developed a non-stop small piano in the 1930s and thus one of the most important constructions of that time.

In 1951 the company presented the grand piano at a trade fair in Düsseldorf, which to this day stands for Schimmel like no other: the acrylic glass grand piano, which achieved cult status thanks to Udo Jürgens in particular. With other design pieces such as the Pegasus or the Otmar Alt grand piano, Schimmel redefined the beauty of exclusive instruments in the company's 130-year success story.

Only the best is good enough: Schimmel pianos combine real craftsmanship and the best materials

It takes some time for a Schimmel piano to be ready to play. Because even if machines can take over part of the production nowadays, it is the manual work of the piano maker that makes a Schimmel instrument a truly excellent product.

It starts with the choice of wood for the piano. Did you know, for example, that only spruce wood from high altitudes in Lower Bavaria is used for the production of high-quality mold soundboards?

The mountain spruce trees, which are up to 100 years old, grow on the Großer Arber at an altitude of over 1000 meters. But whether the wood is really suitable for further processing is only decided in the sawmill: The trunks must be particularly fine and dense. After selection, the tonewood dries for up to a year before it is sent to Braunschweig.

The apprenticeship as a piano maker takes 3.5 years - and at Schimmel, the apprentices learn everything from scratch. Before you can buy a Schimmel piano, it must be carefully assembled. This happens in three different large processes

  • • the construction of the housing
  • • the construction of the orchestra
  • • the union of the two elements into a real mold.

The individual work steps, such as assembling the soundboard, pulling the strings, painting and polishing the housing, are by and large the same as they were over 130 years ago when the first Schimmel piano was made - a real handicraft tradition!

A piece of eternity - with a Schimmel piano you buy pure longevity

High-quality materials, traditional, meticulous craftsmanship: a high-quality Schimmel piano is made to provide the player with long-lasting pleasure. The lifespan of a piano is between 50 and 100 years - provided that it is well cared for. This includes, among other things:

  • • The correct installation location:
  • The Schimmel piano looks aesthetically pleasing right next to the window, but permanent direct sunlight can damage the instrument. The dry warm air of underfloor heating should also be avoided. A good, constant room climate is also important: Both too high and too low a humidity level damage the wood, felt and leather of the instrument.

  • • By the way:
  • In the past, the advice was not to place a piano too close to the wall, but this is no longer generally applicable in today's times of good insulation. Nevertheless, you should make sure that you allow enough distance from the wall when buying a Schimmel piano. In this way you ensure that the air can circulate sufficiently.

  • • Regular mood:
  • You can only elicit the most beautiful notes from a well-tuned piano. When you buy a Schimmel piano, give the instrument a month or two to acclimate to its new environment before ordering a piano tuner. Later on, it is advisable to have the Schimmel piano tuned by a specialist about once a year.

  • • Regular cleaning:
  • The best care you can give your instrument is to play the piano regularly. This prevents the mechanical parts from solidifying or moth infestation on the felt elements. The keys should be cleaned from time to time with a slightly damp cloth, as should the polished surfaces. Speaking of moisture: as decorative as it may be - never place flower vases or glasses on the Schimmel piano. A mishap happens too quickly and the moisture can cause considerable damage to the instrument.