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Opinion on Wilhelm Schimmel brand
#3032676 10/06/20 12:20 PM
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I’m looking at buying a new piano - one that I will keep for 30+ years. I tried out a Wilhelm Schimmel W180 and liked the sound and feel, but I haven’t been able to find much info on the quality of these pianos. Does anyone here have technical opinions on them: do you see big changes as they settle in, how do they hold up over time, how well do they hold their tune, any issues to be aware of, etc.?
Thanks for any info or opinions you’re willing to share.
-Mary


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Re: Opinion on Wilhelm Schimmel brand
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There is information on the Schimmel W180 here: [url=https://www.pianobuyer.com/article/two-schimmel-reviews-wilhelm-schimmel-w180-grand-and-schimmel-c121-upright/]

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Originally Posted by David Boyce

Thanks, David. I already came across that during my research. What I was looking for here is opinions and experience from a technician’s point of view.


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Mary Bee, that's the whole concept of Piano Buyer, which was started by an experienced piano technician.

What additional information would you be looking for from a technician? Not all that many will have much experience of this model 'in the field', as the model hasn't been around all that long. Reliability and quality? Schimmel is first-tier name, and although offering a range to suit various price points (with variables in sourcing and assembly of parts), none of them will be shoddy or prone to falling apart.

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Oh, I didn’t realize the Piano Buyer came from a piano technician. Thanks for pointing that out! Yes, I was wondering about reliability and quality, but I see what you’re saying about there not being a long enough history on it. Maybe just the fact that I don’t find any complaints is a good thing. smile
Thanks again for your reply.


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These reviews were written by me because they wanted it from a pianist's perspective. There are techs who write for piano buyer but this wasn't one of those occasions.

There aren't many of these pianos about at the moment because it's such a new model. The design and build are exactly the same as the old series of Schimmel pianos, but they are made in Poland and finished in Germany. The actions are made by either Hailun or Pearl River, they're very good actions but not as refined as Renner.

I like the sound of the piano, and I'm sure under normal use it would easily last 30 years, but I can't say how long it would last in a practice room. Let's face it, in a college practice room, even a Steinway B is shot after ten years.

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Thank you for the clarification, Joseph. And thanks for the detailed review that you did for Piano Buyer. This purchase would be for home use by an adult amateur, so no worries about the practice room scenario. And actually, that 30-year goal might be a bit of a stretch, considering that I just turned 59.


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Originally Posted by MaryBee
Thank you for the clarification, Joseph. And thanks for the detailed review that you did for Piano Buyer. This purchase would be for home use by an adult amateur, so no worries about the practice room scenario. And actually, that 30-year goal might be a bit of a stretch, considering that I just turned 59.

My aunt Mary Belle just turned 99 so I’m sure 30 years won’t be enough for you! The modern pianos at all levels are so well made I can’t imagine even the least of them not lasting 30 or 50 years.

There are tons of pianos out there from the 1950s still going strong. And most of them were of questionable quality at the time they were made.

I don’t think you need to worry about a Schmmel at all.


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My Aunt Edna turned 101 in June.

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After having own a Steinway console for almost 30 year, I bought my grand piano when I was 70 year old, 8 years ago. Fortunately I am still going strong and the piano too. A modern first tier piano will outlast both of us.


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Thanks for all the encouragement! I did end up buying the Wilhelm Schimmel. Looking forward to the delivery and many years of enjoyment.


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Congratulations on your purchase. I am sure you will get much delight from it for years to come!

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Congratulations Mary Bee !


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