Four generations – one passion
Success demands courage – and passion. Both these qualities were demonstrated by Wilhelm Schimmel, the founder of our company: shortly after the completion of his training as a piano manufacturer, he established his own workshop in Leipzig and produced his first piano at the beginning of 1885. His instruments were impressive for their advanced technique, excellent tone and contemporary design. Both he and his slogan “Quality will prevail” were proved right by his success. In 1927, his son Wilhelm Arno Schimmel took over the management of the company and relocated the site to Braunschweig (Brunswick) where he developed one of the major innovations of the 1930s: a small upright without back posts, a newly designed action and an unique tonal character. The family firm continued to flourish: by the end of the 1950s, Schimmel instruments were the most frequently purchased pianos produced in Germany – and were sent all round the world.
In 1961, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel became head of the company and focused on the continuity of the firm’s expansion in the third generation. Increasing sales volumes necessitated the construction of a new company site in which special areas such as research and development were extended and intensified. Alongside the Schimmel “Classic” Series, the company developed the Schimmel “Konzert” Series over a period of approximately 20 years, thereby consolidating the company’s leading position in the market.
In 2003, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel passed on the management of the company to Hannes Schimmel-Vogel. In adherence to the founding slogan “Quality will prevail”, he completed the product spectrum with additional models in the “Konzert” and “Classic” Series and the conceptual design of a wide-ranging, extended Schimmel brand family today completed by the “Schimmel International” and the “Wilhelm Schimmel“ Series. This courage in innovation and the passion for piano manufacture will also characterize the future development of the family enterprise – and guarantee the excellent quality of our grand and upright pianos!
Schimmel “Konzert” Series
Grand pianos in 6 sizes - High end class
Upright pianos in 3 sizes - High end class
The Schimmel instruments belonging to the “Konzert” Series are naturally “Made in Germany” and, in all aspects, represent masterly quality. The top class grand piano “Sextett” by Schimmel with the professional playability of a large concert grand piano is the first of its kind worldwide. This is because the high-performance “concert keyboard action assembly” of the large K 280 grand piano can be found in identical form in smaller grand pianos of the “Konzert” Series.
Schimmel “Classic” Series
Grand pianos in 3 sizes – Premium class
Upright pianos in 5 sizes - Premium class
Brand instruments “Made in Germany” from the production facilities in Braunschweig, rich in tradition. The Schimmel “Trilogy” of well-engineered pianos is without exception equipped with the tried and tested “keyboard action assembly” of the large grand piano “C 213” belonging to the “Classic” Series. They offer premium quality with regard to sound characteristics and playability. The pianos represent the art of building pianos with exemplary quality.
Schimmel “International” Series
Grands and uprights - Middle class
“Made in Germany” at the headquarters of Schimmel in Braunschweig. Inexpensive piano (German budget piano!) Simple construction based on “Classic” constructions. All fundamental materials made in Germany (plate, soundboards, wooden frames, pin blocks, strings, etc.).
Grands and uprights - Entry level
These authentic brand instruments by Schimmel are “Made in Europe” and manufactured in Schimmel’s own Polish production facilities. Based on Schimmel “Classic” constructions, they offer great value for the money and are the new alternative to Asian and inexpensive European competitors. These instruments offer the ideal requirements for the beginner with respect to ear training and playing feel in addition to offering an alternative to digital pianos.
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