We interpret tradition with a contemporary slant as illustrated by the K132 Tradition which is inimitable in its combination of the traditions of German artisan piano manufacture, innovative construction and contemporary design. This is perfection and aesthetics which will continue to enchant future generations.
The large keyboard action assembly of the longest grand piano is integrated into the smaller model series, therefore providing optimum leverage ratios which allow the pianist the best possible control over his or her performance. This means that pianists performing on a variety of Schimmel grand piano models can always enjoy the pleasures of playing on a large-scale grand piano and have no need to adapt their performance technique according to different models.
The Schimmel K132 upright piano features Schimmel’s top action, with the design aided by Schimmel’s proprietary Computer Assisted Piano Engineering (CAPE) software. Renner builds the actions to Schimmel’s precise specifications, and the results speak for themselves – this is a highly fluid, refined action that reeks of finesse.
The keysticks have been extended to offer a greater level of control, especially at dynamic extremes. This feature has started to become a trend among more forward-thinking piano manufacturers, and its presence here is very welcome.
The white keytops are made from a combination of specific minerals to replicate the feel of ivory, and the black keys are genuine ebony.
Power is the first thing that comes to mind when assessing the sound of the K132 – the sound is flat-out huge when the player digs in, to the point that it fills up a room just as much as a medium-sized grand piano does. Given that Schimmel’s goal with the Konzert series was to design them to be as close to a grand piano as possible, the amount of tone this thing generates is a huge success in that regard.
The treble scale design, which features triplex scaling, is identical to the treble scaling in the Konzert series grand pianos. The sustain is very good, and the overall tonal colour is much warmer than what Schimmel has been known for in the past.
Schimmel K132 – Double Felted Mahogany Core
Hammers – The hammers featured in the K132 action are double felted to prevent distortion and are built with a mahogany core. The hammers are supplied by German company Wurzen as very few piano manufacturers currently make their own hammers. While mahogany is not as premium material as Walnut is for hammer construction, this is still an undoubtedly high-end hammer configuration.
Triplex Scale – Through the Triplex Scale the notes in parts of the middle and treble range are produced with the aid of three exactly coordinated areas of a single string, resulting in an increased richness in tone and a longer speaking length of these notes.
Schimmel K132 – AAA Bavarian Spruce Soundboard –
The Schimmel K132 features a soundboard of AAA Bavarian spruce. These soundboards have been extensively aged, and are tapered for greater resonance and tonal projection. The soundboard design itself is shaped identically with those found in the Konzert grand pianos. This is one of the biggest reasons why the K132 literally sounds like a grand piano.
The soundboard is the heart of any great piano tone, and Schimmel has certainly made it a priority to offer a soundboard of high-quality, aged wood.
Contemporary Cabinet – The cabinet is robustly built, and there were clearly serious aesthetic considerations made as the cabinet combines the classic appearance of an upright piano, with a contemporary touch to some of the finer details.
Full size concert grand piano scale – Through the use of the same scaling at parts as the full size Konzert grand piano K280 in all Schimmel grand pianos, there is always an element of the large instrument’s sound in the smaller Schimmel instruments.
Mass Reduced Bridge – Schimmel Konzert bridges possess a dynamic groove which makes these bridges lighter and the soundboard more flexible. This produces superior tonal dynamics and longer sustained notes.
Schimmel Sound Production System – Schimmel soundboards are curved in three dimensions thus creating a dome shape known as a ‘crown’. in addition, the thickness of the soundboard tapers in such a way to promote ideal vibrational properties over a wide spectrum of frequencies and amplitudes. These features enable the production of the characteristic rich palette of tonal colours, extended length of tone and excellent tuning stability of Schimmel pianos.
Made of mineral material and ebony wood
Konzert Grand Piano Action
Enlarged Soundboard, the ideal soundboard wood – exclusive to Schimmel
Mass Reduced Bridge
Full size concert grand piano scale
Most Played German Piano
Finishes – Ebony High Gloss, Mahogany High Gloss