Picture Album VIII
Picture Gallery VIII
— by Wes Flinn RPT
Piano Tuning Phoenix Picture Gallery VIII –
This Album features a 2006 Schimmel Konzert Upright K-132-DT
Custom Designer Case — personally autographed by Designer/Manufacturer, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel
2006 Schimmel Konzert Upright K-132-DT
Custom Autographed Designer Case
$28,000 — Sold
Story of this piano.
I studied piano technology at both Schimmel Piano Co., in Braunschweig, Germany, and Bösendorfer Pianos, in Vienna, Austria. These two companies represent the pinnacle of piano excellence in the modern piano manufacturing world. Both companies manufacture a large upright of this type, and these are generally accepted to be the finest such instruments that money can buy. According to the 2013 Piano Buyer, the 2013 Schimmel comparable could not be purchased for less than about $32,500, and the Bösendorfer $79,000. Having studied both pianos, I feel that there is no better upright piano made than this Schimmel K132. The Bösendorfer would be only for those who must have the name and have the budget to own it.
About this piano pictured here. The principal owner of Schimmel Piano Co. is Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel, and is the designer of this piano cabinet. Only a few were made in 2004 – 2006. Mr. Schimmel is not only owner of the company, but a full-fledged piano technician in the German tradition, as well as a structural engineer by training. Schimmel also owns a furniture making company in Leipzig, and a factory in Poland — these facilities permit the experimentation and building of custom units such as this piano. The piano was designed to embody the full tradition of the truly fine upright pianos that are built in Europe, where the public does not have the mind-set of much space in homes as a necessary element. Wealthy professional people there often have homes no larger than 900 to 1200 sq.ft., and don’t want more. But they do want fine music, and don’t have space for grand pianos — Germany exports 90% of their grand pianos built! The K-132 design meets that need. After my studies in Europe in 2006, I returned to do technical and sales work for a Schimmel piano dealer here. On a Phoenix visit soon thereafter, Mr. Schimmel kindly wrote his personal autograph on this piano for me. It is therefore a unique “collector’s” piano, of which there were only about 6 made, and the only K-132-DT anywhere that is signed personally by its designer and maker!