The most vital part of every piano is its sound. Qualities such as tone and harmony, are central for pianists, especially if they perform in front of crowds. So out of the 220 to 235 strings tuned inside pianos, even I still have difficulty telling difference between some tuned and untuned pianos. Let’s be frank, the ability to hear perfect pitch is a unique skill. That’s why I play a Schimmel. From chords A to G, they have been mastering the art of the perfect sounding piano since 1885. And when it comes to workmanship, Schimmel cuts no corners! Whether upright, grand, or digital, they produce the best pianos when you compare touch and tone.
Regardless how many pianos there are, the sound of each is solely dependent on the players touch. In laymen terms, the only factor for my piano playing being acceptable is totally dependent on how hard (velocity) I push the key (strings). That may sound simple, but in all honesty, it’s extremely important to remember. Something else of great to keep in mind, is that the tones created from vibrating piano strings are technically impure; due to the harmonics that naturally hover above sound. Another thing to keep in mind is that tone is unchanged by note striking. In fact, tone is only changed by how one manipulates the notes of a chord with regard to balancing the piano pedal. For beginners, I advise testing each piano key with pedals. I do this by striking a single note while holding down (balancing) the pedal, which enables harmonics to vibrate with the original note, henceforth a plethora of sound.
Whether you’re learning to play the piano or purchase one, make sure it’s a Schimmel. I say this because I believe that the optimal tones of a Schimmel Piano, coupled with its craftsmanship, make it the most inviting piano in the world. Be mindful, pianos are essentially as much a piece of furniture, as they are instruments. They’re not merely wood, they’re also made with felt and metal strings, which are all susceptible to dramatic climate changes. For example, dramatic weather changes from hot to cold can dirty, shrink and/or swell. This in effect, can alter tone, pitch, or even worse! Personally, I keep my Schimmel as far as possible from windows, doors and busy areas of my house.
Preserving the sound and look of pianos require proper maintenance such as the aforementioned weather change, but there are actually several entities that can harm pianos. To elaborate, I keep my piano away from sunlight, fireplaces and all ventilation. The optimal temperature for storing pianos is 68 degrees F, and the relative humidity level should be 42 percent. More importantly, I have my piano tuned twice yearly to the international pitch standard of A-440 cycles per second, as recommended by the Piano Technicians Guild.
Pianos are special instruments that command attention, so if you’re planning on playing or purchasing one, choose the best. Build a better world through music education. Buying a piano is a once in a lifetime purchase. For more than a century, the Schimmel family have been producing magnificent pianos that sound absolutely superb. So if you want to play the finest made piano on the market, Schimmel is the best when you compare touch and tone.