The largest producer of pianos in Germany today, Schimmel has had a long and storied history since their founding in 1885 by Wilhelm Schimmel. Schimmel has been a pioneer in the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) in their production alongside specialized handcraftsmanship. Their pianos are known for their precision and consistency.
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The Most Highly Awarded German Piano
Schimmel is a venerable and well respected German piano maker with factories in Braunschweig, Germany and Kalisz, Poland. Schimmel Pianos is known for producing “Made in Germany” instruments of very high quality. Their product line has been described as "the most highly awarded German piano".
The company was founded 1885 by Wilhelm Schimmel in Leipzig, Germany. Four generations of the Schimmel family have since managed and grown the family-owned business. One of Europe’s most prolific piano makers, Schimmel makes about 2,500 verticals and 500 grand pianos per year.
Over its history, the company has made an impact on the piano industry with new inventions and innovative designs. The company has managed to maintain a large portion of its production manufacturing both traditional and cutting edge designs of their German made pianos (Schimmel ‘Konzert’ and ‘Classic’ Series) while also offering a line of their high quality European manufactured pianos (Wilhelm Schimmel Series) and a line of entry level pianos (Fridolin Schimmel) designed for the Asian market.
German Design & Craftsmanship
The Schimmel ‘Konzert’ and ‘Classic’ Series instruments are produced in the Schimmel workshop in Braunschweig, Germany. With more than 40 awards, Schimmel Pianos are the most highly awarded Pianos from German production.
The Wilhelm Schimmel Series Pianos are designed and primarily manufactured in the Schimmel workshop in Braunschweig, Germany and assembled by highly skilled craftsman at their factories in Kalisz, Poland, and then return to Germany for final assembly and regulation. They offer superior quality European design and craftsmanship at a price point that rivals that of pianos manufactured in Asia.
Computer Assisted Piano Engineering (CAPE)
Among European piano manufacturers, Schimmel has been a pioneer in the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing. The company has used its Computer Assisted Piano Engineering (CAPE) software to research, design, and implement virtually every aspect of making a piano, from keyboard layout and action geometry to soundboard acoustics and scale design.
According to Schimmel, the combination of CNC machinery and hand craftsmanship leads to better results than handwork alone. Schimmel also believes that precision is aided by controlling as much of the production process as possible. For that reason, Schimmel produces its own piano-cabinet components and its own keyboards, which it also supplies to other German piano makers.
WARRANTY — All Schimmel Pianos — 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.
The History of Schimmel Pianos