If you have only experienced mass produced pianos before, then this
Schimmel piano will be a revelation to you!
A prime example of a one-owner instrument that has been meticulously
cared for. If you're not familiar with Schimmel, this is your chance to see
how an upper level piano can sound.
Customers often ask me why certain 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. 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
MASS PRODUCTION Method:
To keep costs down in mass production, 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 by taking a
flat sound board, bend it over the curved ribs, and then 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.
Traditional GERMAN Method:
Every maker has their own "secret recipe" but this is the principal that
makers such as Steinway, Bluthner, Bechstein and Schimmel use.
Schimmel 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.
In all, the whole process takes around 6 months. A significant increase
on the 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.
Please come and his piano to experience it for yourself.
|Schimmel 118T • 48" Pro Upright
48" Pro Upright