A Wilhelm Schimmel W118T TwinTone™ upright in black polyester with Schimmel's brand new silent system.
This W118TT is made by Schimmel in Europe and is a more affordable route into Schimmel ownership, bringing the essence of their sound to a lower price point.
This brand new system features high-quality samples of the Konzert K230T grand and their popular K122E upright!
Available to order
We have a wide selection of matching adjustable piano stools available. You can pick up either:
All Wilhelm Schimmel pianos are available in a variety of wood finishes or with chrome fittings, enquire for details.
The silent side of this piano is ideal for families with young children or night owls looking to practice late into the night.
The most common question regarding the silent piano is "is this a digital piano?".
Our range of silent pianos are all completely acoustic instruments; meaning that hammers are still striking strings to produce a sound and therefore have the benefit of playing a real acoustic piano, however, they also have a digital component that simply allows players the option to switch to a digital sound for "silent playing" via headphones.
Schimmels own TwinTone™ silent system, allows for silent piano practise with headphones. With the added flexibility of their innovative TwinTone™ silent system, it is the ideal instrument for busy and demanding musicians wanting to practice without disturbing others.
Schimmel has been working tirelessly to develop their very own Schimmel Silent System which features samples of their own pianos. Their brand new TwinTone™ system has now been released and is available on any of their upright pianos from the Fridolin range up to their top of the range Konzert pianos. The system has been specifically designed so that not only can it be installed in the factory, it is now also available to be retrofit to any Schimmel upright piano!! We know that all pianos are complete individuals so for an additional £500 on the usual TwinTone™ price, you can have the model you have played and loved in store.
The main features of the new TwinTone™ system are:
Each Schimmel TwinTone™ silent upright piano is supplied with a pair of Audio Technica stereo headphones!
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 effect that has on how it vibrates and amplifies the oscillations of the strings. 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 soundboard 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 soundboard 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 principle 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 relatively high humidity and the soundboard at 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 an (intentional) warp. Needless to say, very specific and precise humidity levels need to be used. In all, the whole process takes around 6 months, which is a significant increase on the hours that 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.
Height - 118 cm
Width - 152 cm
Depth - 62 cm
Weight - 235 kg
Forsyth is one of a very select handful of authorised Schimmel dealers in the UK and the only one in the North West of England. All new Schimmel pianos supplied by us are carefully prepared to the highest standards and supplied with Schimmel's 5-year warranty and official 'Care and Maintenance' booklet.
Delivery charges may apply depending on degree of difficulty and location. However, ground floor delivery is typically included provided access is straightforward - enquire now for details.
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!