Upright piano by Wilhelm Schimmel model W118T Academy with a full Renner action.
This Academy piano has the shell of the Wilhelm Schimmel W118T with the internal components of the Schimmel Classic series lending a much superior touch.
Made by Schimmel in Europe; this is a more affordable route into Schimmel ownership, bringing the essence of the Schimmel sound to a lower price point.
These pianos are designed specifically for professionals and the more heavy users with a much longer lasting action.
If you have only experienced mass produced pianos before, then these Wilhelm-Schimmel instruments will be a revelation to you!
Customers often ask us "Why do these pianos sound so much better than other pianos?" Part of the explanation is in the way the soundboard crowning is formed and the affect that has on how it vibrates and amplifies the strings oscilations. Although soundboards in pianos look flat, a truly flat soundboard is very poor at resonating which is in fact what tends to go wrong in old worn out instruments that have a "dull" tone. For the sound board to have vibrancy it has to be under just the right amount of stress and with too much stress it will stop vibrating.
All reputable makers of pianos condition their woods for years before the construction process starts so this is not what we are talking about.
1) Mass production crowning system
To keep costs down in mass production systems it is essential that the piano construction phase is as quick as possible. This leads to the tension (or stress) to be put into the soundboard in the most obvious way. Initially a flat sound board is created and curved strengthening ribs are cut. The flat board is bent over the curved ribs and the two parts are glued together. As soon as the glue is set the crowned soundboard assemblies can be used in the rest of the piano's construction process.
2) Traditional "German" method of construction
Every maker has their own "secret recipe" but this is the principal that makers such as Steinway, Bluthner, Bechstein and Schimmel use. Broken down to its most basic elements the process starts with a flat soundboard and straight ribs and the two are glued together. This doesn't make any sense until it is explained that the ribs are initially at a relatively high humidity and the soundboard at a relatively low humidity. As the humidity levels even out across the whole soundboard assembly the soundboard expands and the ribs contract. This causes the soundboard rib assembly to go into a (intentional) warp. Needless to say very specific and precise humidity levels need to used. In all, the whole process takes around 6 months. A significant increase on the matter of hours a mass produced soundboard takes. However soundboards produced using the right "recipe" do have more vibrancy; are capable of greater dynamics and give a fuller tone.
There are significant cost implications in the traditional method (6 months worth of production tied up in temperature and humidity controlled vaults) however the makers that use these methods know it is worth it. Wilhelm-Schimmel instruments are the most affordable pianos with soundboards made in this way. Please come and try them to experience it for yourselves.
All Wilhelm Schimmel pianos are available in different wood finishes and with the Twin Tone silent system, please enquire in store for more details.
Height - 118 cm
Width - 152 cm
Depth - 62 cm
Weight - 235 kg
Although we ordinarily stock these pianos we do like to sell them, so please do call ahead to check stock levels with one of our friendly piano department staff before making a special trip.
We usually have in stock over 40 new grand pianos, over 70 new upright pianos and an ever changing supply of pre-owned acoustic pianos; we are definitely worth a visit!
Other pianos to compare with in our showroom at Forsyth