ADVANCING THE ART OF THE PIANO
Ask any discerning teacher or serious musician which brand of upright pianos is the best at providing both exceptional musicality and leading-edge technology for the player. The educated answer will always include Kawai. For over nine decades, Kawai has been at the forefront of technological leadership in the piano world. Our upright pianos have won awards not only for their exceptional tone and unrivaled touch, but also for the way their use of modern technology (including carbon fiber) produces long-lasting consistency of sound and tactile feel that has been unmatched in the piano industry and deeply valued by serious pianists for generations. May you enjoy exploring the impressive range of Kawai upright pianos. And may your search lead you to a Kawai instrument that speaks eloquently to your musical soul.
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WILHELM SCHIMMEL SERIES
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 form. 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 piano without back posts with a newly designed action and a 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 around the world.
Courage To Innovate
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 Serie, the company developed the Schimmel Konzert Serie 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 Serie and the conceptual design of a wide-ranging, extended Schimmel brand family. This courage in innovation and the passion for piano manufacture will also characterize the future development of the family firm – and guarantee the excellent quality of Schimmel grand and upright pianos!
Exquisite Wood Types And Finishes
Better is the enemy of good – this conceptual approach can be found at Schimmel throughout the entire process of piano manufacturing. An exemplary special area is the selection, treatment and storage of woods for the exclusive finishes of Schimmel instruments. Macassar is an extremely rare type of exotic wood which can only be found in limited dimensions and lengths.
In addition to mahogany, walnut is also a traditional wood utilized in the manufacture of grand and upright pianos. This noble, rich brown wood is also utilized in the manufacture of aircraft propellers due to its high degree of stability. Bird’s eye maple from North America is valued for its characteristic grain pattern and the olive ash is distinctive for its particularly interesting play of colors in veneer work.
At Schimmel, only selected models are manufactured serially in these special wood finishes as shown.
Watch How Schimmel Pianos Are Made
The Pearl River Upright Pianos feature several American Furniture Styles and our favorite Studio Models the UP115M5, a 45” studio and the EU122 which is a 48” studio piano.
Pearl River Piano Group is the largest piano manufacturer in the world. Building 125,000 pianos annually and utilizing 2,000 workers, Pearl River builds pianos with the names Pearl River, Ritmueller, Kayserburg, Cristifori and the Essex piano which is built by Pearl River for Steinway & Sons.
Pearl River Pianos are the best selling piano in China and the pianos built by Pearl River are exported to over 100 countries worldwide.
The newly built 3.5 million square foot factory combines traditional piano craftsmanship with advanced CNC machinery. Pearl River Pianos are built with a high level of European technology and recognition of those process standards.
All Pearl River upright models have been updated with European scale modifications and are available in all sizes and finishes in our NY warehouse.