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Schimmel International I123 Tradition Upright Piano
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Schimmel International I123 Tradition Upright Piano
This piano is a bit like an opera singer: handsome, self confident and capable of exceptional sound projection. This is not only guaranteed by the height of 123 centimeters but also by the special Schimmel construction of the acoustic body and action. Playing the piano is always an experience for all the senses and this instrument demonstrates the typical design signature of our company — fitting harmoniously in any environment. A great eye-catcher that brings the joy of playing to every day.
Music-making is far more than merely hitting the correct note: it broadedens horizons, awakes emotions and creates new opportunities for self-expression. The production of traditional piano manufacturing contributes to that playing experience. The sound and durability inspire enthusiasm for beginners as well as advanced musicians.
In the year 1885 the first Schimmel piano is born. It is built by Wilhelm Schimmel in a small workshop in Leipzig, Germany. His philosophies ‘Quality will prevail’ and ‘Solid workmanship is the best patent’ are the foundation for the outstanding quality of his instruments. Combining these qualities with the family’s inventive genius, Schimmel instruments hit the taste of times. Especially the successful design of the ‘Kleinklavier’ [small piano] in the thirtees establishes the fast growth of the company and Schimmel soon becomes the largest German piano manufacturer. The ‘Kleinklavier’ is an innovative and intelligent design which allowes modern and advanced manufacturing processes for the time resulting in an unbeaten price-performance ratio to this day. Today, under the family management in the fourth generation, the high quality of Schimmel grand and upright pianos made in Braunschweig | Germany gain worldwide recognition. It has always been an important responsibility for Schimmel to offer quality instruments to the young, growing pianists at an affordable and fair price. In following this task and in acknowledging the founder Wihlem Schimmel, Schimmel is manufacturing again today affordable quality pianos under the ‘Wilhelm’ brand. Based on the contemporary and innovative Schimmel designs and manufactured in a Schimmel-owned facility in Europe, it is made possible to offer a quality instrument ‘made in Europe’ at an excellent price. Right from the beginning, the young player is able to experience the vast musical variety of the instrument and to experience and to learn about the musical touch and tone. This series will be a companion from the start and much further.
Our grand and upright pianos have participated in international instrument tests since 1988 and were repeatedly able to bring home top marks. The numerous awards profice proof that the quality of Schimmel instruments is universally acclaimed by experts. For this reason we are exceptionally proud that our grand pianos receive good marks in the traditional instrument tests carried out by the major musical periodicals in France. Le Monde de la Musique* wrote the following about the C 169 Tradition: ‘Its attractive, natural note lengths combined with a velvety and warm construction of tonal colours are suitable for the widest range of repertoire … It stands out as a grand piano with noble character: the greatest care in its manufacture and its richness in tonal colouring predestine the instrument for musicians.’ The periodical Pianiste** describes the C 189 Tradition: ‘A grand piano which is suitable for all musical styles and can be adapted for a variety of different situations thanks to its excellent tonal vibrancy.‘. ‘This piano is theatrical.’ is the verdict of the periodical Diapason***, writing about the K 132 Tradition model. ‘The homogeneity of all registers is faultless. The feeling of touch allows all performing intentions to be fully expressed and displays no weak points … This is an authentic piano from the good old days: the type of instrument which was formerly bought for life.’
Piano manufacturing is an outstanding European heritage. In view to the European Union, ‘ Made in Europe’ is the logic expansion of the slogan ‘made in Germany’. The German Piano Manufacturer Association (Bundesverband Klavier e.V.) offers to all German based piano manufacturers a full membership and to all other European based piano manufacturers an associated membership. In both cases, the association stands for highest standards of quality and reliability of the products of its members, reflecting the traditions and high standards in manufacturing of their members. The high standards of the German Piano Manufacturer Association is expressed by its signet, which symbolizes the origin of the pianos. Brands, which are allowed to use this protected signet underlie a certification based on strict criteria ‘Wilhelm’ pianos are based on the contemporary and innovative Schimmel designs and manufactured in a Schimmel-owned facility in Europe. As a result, ‘Wilhelm’ has received the certification ‘made in Europe’ of the German Piano Manufacturer Association (BVK).
There are many good reasons why Schimmel instruments have been the best-selling German pianos for decades: For example, there are numerous innovations which provide pianists playing the smaller Schimmel grand pianos with the touch and sound characteristics of a full size concert grand piano. Other reasons for their popularity are Schimmel’s status as the German piano maker with the most awards from the musical press as well as the timeless design of their award-winning cabinetry. Above all, however, is the passion to create flexible, musically inspiring instruments which are built to last. Schimmel pianos are created to support and respond to the pianist’s demands to make uniquely beautiful and inspirational music.
The origin of a beneficial innovation was sparked off by the wish to uphold good relations with family, partners or neighbours: the quiet playing system for soundless music-making. Beginners, amateurs and pianists alike can practice at all times of the day and night without disturbing anyone thanks to the Schimmel TwinTone sound muting feature and can also profit from the double advantage of the TwinTone mode: both the classical piano sound and also the integrated digital piano for silent piano-playing. During normal acoustic piano-playing, it is possible to enjoy the full tonal qualities of the instrument with its richness of tonal colouring and dynamic range. The silent playing feature can be activated by the pianist. The hammerheads are ‘intercepted’ during the action before they make contact with the strings of the instrument. Optical sensors transform all movements of the keys precisely into MIDI data which are transferred to the integrated digital piano. This in turn generates the piano sounds so they can be heard via headphones. The digital piano can also be used to operate external MIDIcompatible equipment. The reliable playability and traditional feeling of playing are preserved throughout the entire dynamic range.