Piano is a word
A Schimmel piano is a real eye-catcher with outstanding quality
The term "piano", like many common names, comes from Latin. The word "Clavis" translated means "the key". This is due to the medieval notation. Here designations were noted directly on keys. In the course of time, the notation changed to the note lines known today. In English, the term “key” is still common when it comes to pitches or keys. The commonly known term “piano” also comes from Latin. It means "quietly". The instrument was actually referred to as a “piano forte” (soft-loud), as it was the first keyboard instrument on which the taut strings could not only be played loudly, but also softly. Here is the big difference to the spinet and also the harpsichord, in which the strings are not struck, but are torn using a kind of hook. The variation in volume is very low.
An instrument with a long history
The first piano mentioned with this type of sound generation can be dated to the year 1698.
The invention is attributed to the Italian Bartolomeo Cristofori, who at the end of the 17th century was employed in Florence at the court of Fernando de Medicis as an instrument maker and curator. The triumphant advance of the piano was already sealed. Gradually, more and more piano manufacturing workshops were founded and the instrument developed into one, if not the most popular, musical instrument. Thanks to modern technology, you can now transport a piano on your own. E-pianos or digital pianos are enjoying increasing popularity. Nevertheless, an acoustic instrument is a different level of wellbeing and enjoyment.
In addition, the loss in value is significantly lower than with the electronic version and repairs can still be carried out after many years. For instruments with a power supply, replacement parts are no longer available after ten to fifteen years.
Made in Germany - we're turning the tables
At a time when England had an excellent economic situation, Germany held out with all its might. Products with supposedly poorer quality at lower prices were exported from Germany to the north. In order to warn the English citizens about imported articles, all products from Germany had to be marked with "Made in Germany" in order to deter the customer. That didn't go well for long and Germany delivered more and more articles because the quality was right. A seal of quality was developed from the warning, for which a product labeled “Made in Germany” still stands for reliability and quality.
Schimmel - a name that speaks for quality
The same applies to the instrument maker Wilhelm Schimmel, who built his first own piano in 1885. This happened shortly after his apprenticeship as a piano maker. The success grew. After his son Arno Wilhelm Schimmel took over the plant in 1927 and relocated to Braunschweig, the German family company's success story only really began.
At the end of the 1950s, Schimmel pianos were the best-selling instruments made in Germany and were already exported all over the world.
The Schimmel manufactory still produces instruments in its workshops in Braunschweig with consistent quality.
Due to the competition from the Far East, instruments are also made abroad, which are a bit simple and can be sold much cheaper. Nevertheless, even here the quality standard is significantly higher than with comparable products from China and Taiwan.
Schimmel C 116 T - The joy of playing - for a lifetime
This model is a real treasure from the "Classic" series by Schimmel. It is the inexpensive instrument from the German manufacturer, which already has many of the properties of the large, professional models. This is a relatively small piece of jewelry with a height of 116 cm. But how do you say it so beautifully: small but powerful!
The extremely precise workmanship is decisive for the quality. That is not by accident. It is made by hand by experienced piano makers in Braunschweig and can therefore be called 100% Made in Germany. Inside the body there is a high-quality "Renner mechanism" from Baden-Württemberg. The manufacturer "Louis Renner" produces excellent, durable and reliable machine heads for grand and upright pianos. These components alone are very influential and show that you will enjoy this piano for a long time - sometimes for many decades. As long as the quality is right, which is the case with instruments from Schimmel, the joy succeeds.
Care and maintenance of the piano is half the battle
Basically, a piano is built to be playable for a very long time. This is also the case with good quality and workmanship. However, you should help a little in your own interest.
After all, a car also has to have regular MOT. Why not the instrument too?
But don't worry, clutch, brakes and other wear and tear are not required here at first.
An annual tuning of the piano for around € 100 will keep the instrument in good shape for many years.
As a specialist shop and master company, we can help with all questions and offer you the service that you as the owner want. In our in-house piano workshop, our master piano builder Sebastian Wittl can also carry out major repairs and overhauls of pianos and grand pianos competently and reliably. You always receive our pianos with free delivery and a service atmosphere for free. Of course, at very fair, favorable conditions.
With tunings, it is completely irrelevant whether you bought the instrument from us or bought it elsewhere. You ask, we act. Fair and honest. The relationship to our customers and long-term cooperation is what is important to us. Music connects, no matter how. Just visit us in one of our shops in Regensburg or Parsberg, or make an appointment by phone or email to tune your instrument.
Because a piano makes you happy
(Author: Bastian Konik)
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