W 180 Tradition


salon grand piano

Simple elegance and traditional piano manufacturing meet in our small Wilhelm grand piano. A wonderful symbiosis which allows a musical experience for all senses.

The sound, the action and the entire instrument meets the highest demands within an excellent price point.

Product information

Design Concept

This design was originally developed by Arno Wilhelm Schimmel in the 1930s. The idea was to manufacture a new type of piano in which the tone volume of the large-framed designs was to be preserved, but the appearance was to be much more gracile. The design idea was revolutionary at the time and was patented several times. The success of these design ideas led to Schimmel becoming the biggest German manufacturer of upright pianos. The designs were refined over the years and perfected with the help of an in-house developed computer software called CAPE in the 1980s. A timeless design in tone and touch proved to be the result.

High performance hammer head

Our hammer heads are made from highly elastic merino felt with high flexibility and low damping properties. The felt is made from the highest quality merino wool in a traditional fulling process in Germany. For the hammer cores, we use hardwoods in combination with tension-regulating under felts. The result is a great richness of tone colours in the different dynamic levels, as well as long-lasting tones due to low damping effect on the strings (short contact period due to highly elastic felt).

Concert action - keyboard design

The mechanism (mechanism and keyboard) of a large concert grand piano offers the pianist the preferred touch. Control and ways to achieve express himself with a high possibility to influence the sound characteristic are optimally guaranteed by the long lever ratios. For this reason, we use our large concert grand piano action from our largest Konzert grand K 280 in all Konzert grand models, no matter how large. This means that all grand pianos in the Konzert series play like a large concert grand. With our Classic grand pianos, only the keyboard is slightly shortened. With an extraordinarily large mechanism, even with the smallest grand piano, they still remain very close to this concert like touch.

Prestressed keybed

The keybed of our grand pianos is made of high quality tone wood and designed to boost the frequencies that the soundboard is difficult to produce. This increases the richness of sound and the sound is more balanced overall. In addition, the player feels what he is playing through the transmission of the vibrations into the keyboard and thus has better control over his piano playing. The result is an improved ability to interact with the instrument.

Tone wood from the region

All the resonance woods that produce the sound we call tone wood. For this we use mountain grown spruce from the Bavarian and Bohemian forests, the origin of tone wood of the German instrument makers. For this we only use perfect wood, grown slowly at high altitudes, so that soundboards can be joined that have optimal resonance characteristics. The trees are pre-selected in the forests and then specially cut and dried over long periods of time. Even with this intensive pre-selection, only about 2% of the timber obtained in this way is suitable for our soundboard production.

Tension collector

Up to 20 tons of string tension forces have to be absorbed in a grand piano. The soundboard should be influenced as little as possible by these enormous forces. To ensure this, we use a tension collector that releases the soundboard from these forces and allows it to vibrate more freely and unaffected.

Dynamic soundbar

Der „Dynamische Klangstab“ wird während der Resonanzbodenherstellung mit dem Resonanzboden verspannt. Dadurch wird der Energiefluss im Resonanzboden bei unterschiedlich lautem Spiel reguliert, was eine größere Bandbreite an Klangfarben je nach Anschlag und Lautstärke ermöglicht. Dies bezeichnen wir als hohe klangliche Dynamik. (siehe Tabelle)

Triplex scale

An appendix of a string are areas of strings that are not made to vibrate directly by the hammer head, but will vibrate through energy transfer and generate partial tones that provide even more richness of sound and longer sustain and can strongly influence the sound character. These areas are very sensitive and need to be crafted with precision to sound right. For this reason, we use CNC manufactured scales. The scales of our Konzert grand pianos can even be tuned afterwards, so that they can later be voiced by ear. Depending on the model, either no scale, one or two scales are used, resulting in one, two (duplex) or three (triplex) sound-producing sections of a string.

Multilayered pin block

We use pin blocks made of thin hardwood layers so that the instrument keeps its pitch optimally and is easy to tune. These pin blocks were developed by Schimmel in the 1950s as so-called "tropical climate resistant" pin blocks and have proven themselves over the decades.

Extended manufacturer warranty

Schimmel offers an extended manufacturer's warranty through its network of appointed dealers. Because we trust and stand by the quality of our instruments.

CAPE - Designed by Schimmel

As early as the 1980s, Schimmel worked with computers to improve the design of its instruments, making the company a pioneer in the piano industry. Since then, the use of computers for research and development has been constantly further developed and today, under the name CAPE (Computer Assisted Piano Engineering), it represents a unique and all-encompassing software solution into which decades of development work and research results have contributed. On this basis, new ideas and designs are constantly being created that set standards in the industry.
On this basis, the use of CNC machines for the production of precision parts has been promoted since the 1990s. These are then added to our instruments exclusively by hand and are a prerequisite for achieving the highest quality.

Environment standards

Environmental protection and sustainability have been part of the company philosophy at Schimmel since the company was founded in 1885. This starts with the quality of our instruments. With a Schimmel instrument, you are purchasing a durable product that will be used for many years, often for generations. Which industry can say that it repeatedly receives requests for spare parts for its products that are more than 100 years old? Durability conserves resources. In addition, we manufacture our instruments from predominantly renewable raw materials - domestic wood from certified forestry and wool - and our cast iron plates are made in an elaborate process from recycled scrap metal. Wood leftovers and shavings from production are used to heat production in winter, and we generate solar power on the roof of the factory. Biofilters and a modern heating system complete our production. And of course, we produce according to high German environmental standards. This is true not only in our manufactory in Braunschweig | Germany, but also in Kalisz | Poland. In China, the production of our Fridolin instruments is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001 to ensure our high standards of environmental protection and sustainability here as well.

Model seriesW 180
Length (cm | inch)180 | 5’11“
Height (cm)102
Width (cm)154
Weight (kg | lbs)300 | 667
FinishEbony high gloss | White high gloss | Mahogany high gloss
Standard hardwareBrass
Optional hardware to orderChrome matte | Chrome gloss
ManufacturerSchimmel  Fabryka Fortepianów  Sp. z o.o.
Country of originKalisz | Poland
ActionSchimmel action
KeyboardComplete production Braunschweig
Keyboard coatingPolymethyolmethacrylat | Bakelite
Number of keys88
Approx. keybed height from floor to underside keybed / keytop (mm)616 | 724
PedalsUna corda (left) | Sostenuto (middle) | Sustain (right)
Installation of self player possibleyes
Installation twin tone ex works | retrofit at dealers workshop*
(* since manufacturing year 2019)
no | no
Steel strings high performance spring steel with precise partial tone developmentHigh-performance steel by Pitthan | Germany
Bass stringsexclusively made for Schimmel
Duplex / Triplex scale
for definition see product details
molded wood made of multiple Sapeli laminations | support beams made of mountain grown spruce | enforced bass side for a better energy reflection
Three-dimensional crowned and tension loaded soundboardwith conical cut
Dynamic soundbar
for definition see product details
solid beech capped by a 5 layers of maple wood crosswise glued
made by Schimmel
Cast iron made traditionallyyes
Castor typeone piece standard roll
Soft close fallboard standardyes
High gloss finishes are made of premium piano lacquer by layering process and hand polishedyes
Manufactured according to following standardsGerman Environment Standards
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