Schimmel  Unique Features 

A musical instrument has a soul. Schimmel’s natural sound touches the senses. It is brought to life by the vibrating strings and soundboard. Schimmel instruments boast an enchantingly rich sound in the wide variety of its tonal facets. 

It is with good reason that a Schimmel piano has an excellent sound. Its soundboard speaks the language of music, without electronic amplification, without distortion, without exaggeration of the low and high frequencies. The soundboard shapes the vibrational energy of the strings, acts as a filter and a mixer, as an amplifier and a membrane. It vibrates in a multitude of different ways, continually changing, in this manner producing airborne sound waves which are transmitted to the ear and are experienced by our senses as the unmistakable sound patterns of a traditional piano.

Made in Braunschweig / Germany

Schimmel instruments are fully made in Braunschweig / Germany. At this state of the art facility, Schimmel has full quality control of every step of the production process. For instance, Schimmel is on the only German manufacturer who makes their own keyboards.  

The Ideal Soundboard Wood - Exclusive to Schimmel

The sound-producing portion is the soul of a piano. Which is why the correct selection and composition of suitable woods is of special importance. Only spruce grown under specific climatic circumstances in high mountain regions can be used to make a high quality soundboard. This wood, which is rare and of high value, is exclusively selected and reserved for Schimmel by the Bavarian forestry service.The most important woods used in manufacturing Schimmel sound-producing portions are select soundboard spruce from these special growing regions in Europe and the durable wood of the domestic beech. This unique arrangement has been in place for almost a century and ensures Schimmel a superlative soundboard material.

CAPE (Computer Assisted Piano Engineering) Design Software

In the process of piano manufacturing, one encounters mathematical relationships and the basic laws of physics. In an exemplary manner, the Schimmel CAPE program takes all these factors into consideration. CAPE opens up new dimensions for Schimmel. It enhances precision and optimises quality, programmes the automatic machines, improves production methods, and implements results of research.The CAPE technology encompasses;

• the experience gathered in over a century of piano manufacturing, • the mathematical analysis of the art of piano manufacturing, • the knowledge of the physics of vibrating components, • the analysis of vibrating soundboards, • the calculation of the stiffnesses of cast-iron plates, • the results of measurements of the velocity of sound waves, • the interaction of wood, metal and felt, • knowledge concerning the geometry of good keyboard-and-action assemblies, complete mastery in dealing with mass and acceleration, plus much more. A Science in its own right, this list could continue endlessly. 

The Sources of the Good Sound

Over 230 strings serve as sound sources, each vibrating independantly. Once set into vibration by the hammer blow, they set the bridge, and in turn the sensitive soundboard, into vibration.

The Backbone of a Schimmel PianoThe strings of a piano are each under tension in excess of 686 newtons / 154 lb., adding up to a grand total of 176,520 newtons / 20 tons. This is a good reason why the cast-iron plate, the backbone of a Schimmel piano, is computer optimised with the aid of the Schimmel CAPE software.

The Schimmel Keyboard-and-Action Assembly

Each Schimmel keyboard/action assembly is a work of art and precision, made from over 10,000 pieces (uprights over 8,000) carefully put together and perfectly regulated by Schimmel's master craftsmen. The original Schimmel keyboard provides intimate access to the instrument. But what looks so simple at first glance is indeed very complex, so Schimmel has good reason to manufacture its own keyboard - the vital link to the Schimmel keyboard/action assembly. The action is the complicated system of levers located above the keys. Its system must be in perfect balance in order to allow fine ppp and strong fff, fast repetition, and subtle sounding notes and harmonies.

The pianist's touch determines the speed and energy of the hammer in contacting and energising the strings. Details in workmanship and material are paramount if the pianist is to enjoy playing the instrument and experience rich, expanded dynamic sonority. Schimmel keyboard/action systems are examples of exclusive workmanship, regulated to discriminating standards and ideally matched to the strung back assemblies. Touch and playability are the result of Schimmel's CAPE-Technology precision (Computer Assisted Piano Engineering) and years of exhaustive research.

Key Tops Made of Mineral and Ebony Wood

The keys of a Schimmel piano offer an improved sensation of touch with their mineral and ebony composition. This means they are softer and less slippery than modern keys, offer absorption of moisture (like ivory) and give a more pleasant visual experience as the light does not reflect off the keys. 

Triplex Scale

Featured in Schimmel konzert series pianos is triplex scaling. Harmonic richness of tone is achieved through the integration of the front and rear sections of the string into the production of sound. The tuneable triplex scale allows precise voicing of the partials (harmonics) for every individual note. 

Through the use of the same scaling as the full size concert grand piano, all Schimmel grand pianos can achieve an element of the larger instrument's sound.  

Konzert Grand Piano Action

The touch of a full size concert grand piano is achieved in smaller Schimmel grand pianos due to the use of larger action, which has been seemlessly integrated into each konzert model. The unique key length gives greater leverage and playing control for the pianist.

Dynamic Bar

Computer Assisted Piano Engineering has allowed Schimmel to position a dynamic bar within the piano that allows the greatest range of sound dynamics even at pianissimo, through careful control of the vibrations of the soundboard in certain areas and at certain volume levels. 

Enlarged Soundboard

You will notice the broad body shape of a Schimmel grand piano, with particularly wide dimensions in the bell of the body. This allows the Schimmel grand pianos on average to have 15% larger soundboard area than a standard grand piano of a similar size, giving you greater power.

Keybed Resonator

The integration of the keybed in the Schimmel sound system particularly permits the amplification of the bass frequencies to produce richer tonal colours and greater tonal volume. It also transfers subtle vibrations to the pianist through touch, enabling the pianist to feel at one with the instrument.

Tension Collector

Schimmel has created a tension collector in their grand piano models, which is a connecting element between the solid mountain spruce back frame construction and the stable cast iron plate, distributing the tension of up to 21 tons in a controlled fashion throughout the instrument. This eliminates the danger of the soundboard being affected by uncontrolled forces which would unintentionally interfere with its vibration process. It also adds extra support to the instrument resulting in excellent tuning stability.

Mass Reduce Bridge

Schimmel concert bridges produce a dynamic groove which makes these bridges lighter and the soundboard more flexible. This produces superior tonal dynamics and longer sustained notes.  

Timber Workmanship 

Virtuosity in Working With Wood

Companies that use wood in their products have a special obligation to nature. We at Schimmel are aware of this and take care not to waste this prescious, self-replenishing raw material.

Laminated Construction

Wherever it is advantageous, laminated-wood components are used for the cabinets and sound-producing portions of Schimmel pianos, for example, bent grand rims, pin blocks, bridge caps, key beds, grand tops etc. This ensures strength and durability for generations to come.

Solid Workmanship

Veneers, solid-wood components, plywood and other wooden materials are the raw materials from which the cabinetry of Schimmel pianos is manufactured. Under the supervision of experienced specialists, beautiful veneer patterns and elegant cabinetry styles come to life. 

Instruments of Striking Beauty

Schimmel offers a wide variety of veneers, colors and finishes, to suit your discerning taste. This includes stunning ornate timbers in authentic African mahogany, through to modern satin beech finishes.

Since wood is a product of nature, no two Schimmel pianos can have exactly the same wood grain pattern and colors. We even consider this desirable, as it makes each of the instruments a unique natural work of art. If you have a colour or finish in mind, please consult the team at Bernies Music Land to discuss custom-order options.

Schimmel Academy

Schimmel is the largest training company in the piano industry. On August 15, 2011 the new year of apprenticeships began in Braunschweig and Schimmel took in ten young students, of this five pianomakers, three carpenters and two industrial managers. Schimmel trainees have received German education awards as the best in their jobs several times. 

The Schimmel Academy provides piano manufacturers and technicians with the opportunity to extend and perfect their abilities, in the exclusive location where Schimmel pianos are created. The Academy provides intensive supervision from technical experts who impart both practical and theoretical knowledge. Courses range from one month to one year, with interviews conducted before applicants are accepted. Successful students receive the title of "Schimmel Master Technician" - a great honor.

Schimmel also offers a training academy where students can finish their time at Schimmel with a Bachelor, Master or Diploma thesis.