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Greetings, pianistas,

Our piano search has come to its conclusion. Some time last year, I determined that I wanted to provide my son and his family with a musical legacy. At first the search was for a reasonably priced small grand for them; something that would be reasonable for his two boys to learn on. Unfortunately, this became a fairly frustrating endeavor, since nothing I heard in my price range had a sound I wanted to share. That is where the road took a bit of a turn.

Frequenting this site has been an amazing, and perhaps life changing experience. (More on that later.) My wife Kim and I purchase a Yamaha G2 back in 1992, and thoroughly enjoy this well made instrument, she being the player in the family. We looked at a few different brands when we made that purchase, but had never been exposed to the vast number of options this site regularly discussed. We had heard of Bosendorfer, but never imagined the rich variety of makers out there. Once properly educated, it seemed like a reasonable decision to look for a higher quality piano for Kim, and give the Yamaha to our son.

And this is where the adventure got interesting. Kim and I had the pleasure of spending part of a Saturday afternoon with Rich Galassini at Cunningham Pianos. After a tour of their restoration facility, Rich let us roam the showrooms and play a bunch of new and lovingly owned pianos they are holding for their next owners. Kim played everything from their Cunningham brand to a Bosie concert grand, and got a real feel for the tone and touch she was looking for. She made a second trip there on her own to play some other pianos including a lovely and new Schimmel Classic 182T Rich was able to show her. Now things get interesting for us.

We missed out on the Schimmel from Rich, but it had made such an impression, we added this maker to our short list. With this in mind, I was able to find a dealer local to us in the Lehigh Valley who also listed Schimmel among their brands. A short week after we missed Rich's Classic, we stopped at Zeiner Pianos to see what they had. And of course, right on their floor was a Schimmel Konzert 170 Belle Epoque. Beautiful case, sparking sound, but definitely out of even our new and improved budget. Walking out or Zeiners, I recalled seeing another Schimmel Konzert on PianoMart. We headed home to look up this new option, and did something very radical for us.

Once we arrived home, I brought up the ad in PianoMart and called the current owner. The Schimmel Konzert 189T was still available, and we could make arrangements to see it. This would seem fairly simple, except it was in upstate New York, about 250 miles from our home! Without too much hesitation, we committed to go look at the piano the next day, packed a bag, grabbed the dog, and hit the road.

The next day, we arrived at the Schimmels home. Kim sat down to play it, and within a MINUTE said, "We'll take it!" The piano had exquisite tone, was in perfect condition, and a price we could not refuse. The deal was done and we headed home.

Please understand, we are not usually inclined to make snap decisions, particularly when significant funds are involved. But this was different. We knew the Schimmel produced the kind of sound we have come to appreciate, was a quality instrument that will last beyond our lifetimes, and it would be difficult for us to find a better instrument for the price we paid. We were both exhilarated, and yet a bit sad for the owner, since he was selling after only having the piano for five years because of frustration with his learning curve as a returning student.

Long story, now even longer, the Schimmel Konzert 189T now holds a prime place in our family room, displacing the TV and home theater to the room formerly occupied by the Yamaha. The Yamaha, still a wonderful instrument, now also occupies prime space in our son's home. It was certainly a challenge to coordinate the moves, but everything gratefully went well.

I will be a long time PW reader, if for no other reason than to hear about the searches and purchases of others like us. The life changing experience? I am only a few years from retirement, and would like to keep busy in those years following. These amazing instruments fascinate me at many levels: musical, technical, mechanical, artistic. It is not for sure, but I would not be surprised if I try my hand at learning tuning (on something other than the Schimmel!), or even rebuilding an older, smaller grand in my workshop. I want to thank PW for a great education through this process, Rich Galassini for his patience and generosity with his time, John Zeiner for helping us reach the tipping point, and especially Tony F. for taking such good care of "our" Schimmel before we discovered it.

In coming days, I will try to add some pictures. It has been an interesting ride!

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I see the ad is still on piano mart. It is beautiful! What a great deal you got! Congratulations!!

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Sounds very exciting. Congratulations.

On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink

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Congrats!

I fell in love with a Schimmel on my recent journey to buy a piano....and if
I end up going back for a longer piano in the future--Schimmel is already on my short list!

I wish you many happy musical years with your piano!


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On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink


No,no -it also means "white stallion"

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"lovingly owned pianos they are holding for their next owners"

Well, you could become a writer in your retirement. Or a piano salesperson!!!

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I actually love the phrase.

Enjoy your new piano. Yes, we love piano buying stories and we love pictures. Hope you upload some soon.

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The next day, we arrived at the Schimmels home. Kim sat down to play it, and within a MINUTE said, "We'll take it!" The piano had exquisite tone, was in perfect condition, and a price we could not refuse. The deal was done and we headed home.


Once you know what you are looking for - it is just the matter of finding it. Congratulations on your new piano!








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Congratulations. Schimmel are wonderful pianos.

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On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink


No,no -it also means "white stallion"

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That's an antiquated meaning. In modern German, "mould" or "mildew" would be the meaning that springs to mind.

In this case though, I agree, the old meaning is far preferable!

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What a wonderful story and what a wonderful piano! - Congrats to you and I can't wait to see the pics! thumb
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Congratulations! Loved reading the story - thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing some pictures!


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Congratulations! I love Schimmels - you are very lucky to have gotten such a great deal on one.


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Very exciting! I'm glad you found such a wonderful instrument. Looking forward to pictures.

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Congratulations on your new piano.
I hope it will bring you the joy mine does...
Here at pianoworld we always want to see it too smile

Pictures please !! wink


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On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink


No,no -it also means "white stallion"

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That's an antiquated meaning. In modern German, "mould" or "mildew" would be the meaning that springs to mind.

In this case though, I agree, the old meaning is far preferable!

Well, same in Dutch, "mold". Konzert Patrick, have you bought your piano because of the name? grin


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Schimmels are really amazing pianos to play. Congratulations! I'm sure you will enjoy it greatly.

Looking forward to those pics.

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Schimmels Bach... I mean rock! Congrads.


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Originally Posted by ando
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On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink


No,no -it also means "white stallion"

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That's an antiquated meaning. In modern German, "mould" or "mildew" would be the meaning that springs to mind.


As a German mother-tongue speaker, I disagree. If I see a white or speckled-white horse, I most certainly call it a "Schimmel", not a "weißes Pferd" or something such.

And I don't think my German is antiquated. wink


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On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink


No,no -it also means "white stallion"

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That's an antiquated meaning. In modern German, "mould" or "mildew" would be the meaning that springs to mind.

In this case though, I agree, the old meaning is far preferable!

Well, same in Dutch, "mold". Konzert Patrick, have you bought your piano because of the name? grin


I bought my Schimmel because of it's beautiful majestic tone, regardless the brand name. The name is just their family name.... smile I am used to seeing it on pianos since I was a kid. The translation is funny it's true.... O well wink






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On a side note, for such a beautiful object, I always found it strange that the name "Schimmel" would be applied to it. That is the German word for mould! wink


No,no -it also means "white stallion"

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That's an antiquated meaning. In modern German, "mould" or "mildew" would be the meaning that springs to mind.


As a German mother-tongue speaker, I disagree. If I see a white or speckled-white horse, I most certainly call it a "Schimmel", not a "weißes Pferd" or something such.

And I don't think my German is antiquated. wink


Yes, it's still an old fashioned word (probably depends how old you are). You aren't the only German speaker around here. That might be your response if you see an old fashioned looking white horse, but if somebody says the word Schimmel without a picture of a horse, the first thing that pops onto your mind will be mould. Granted, the word does have the horse meaning too.

Besides, don't you realise that I only mentioned the mould as a joke? Stop taking it seriously... crazy

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