Johannes Seiler

Every genuine Seiler piano embodies the know-how and experience of four generations of the highly developed art of piano making. Since 1849, the goal has been to achieve perfection. Seiler grand and upright pianos are far more than just top quality instruments. They are all unique and masterly works of art. As a result, Seiler has earned its worldwide reputation as being the industry benchmark through its impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and precision.

Every genuine Seiler piano embodies the know-how and experience of four generations of the highly developed art of piano making. Since 1849, the goal has been to achieve perfection. Seiler grand and upright pianos are far more than just top quality instruments. They are all unique and masterly works of art. As a result, Seiler has earned its worldwide reputation as being the industry benchmark through its impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and precision.

Every genuine Seiler piano embodies the know-how and experience of four generations of the highly developed art of piano making. Since 1849, the goal has been to achieve perfection. Seiler grand and upright pianos are far more than just top quality instruments. They are all unique and masterly works of art. As a result, Seiler has earned its worldwide reputation as being the industry benchmark through its impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and precision.

Every genuine Seiler piano embodies the know-how and experience of four generations of the highly developed art of piano making. Since 1849, the goal has been to achieve perfection. Seiler grand and upright pianos are far more than just top quality instruments. They are all unique and masterly works of art. As a result, Seiler has earned its worldwide reputation as being the industry benchmark through its impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and precision.

Every genuine Seiler piano embodies the know-how and experience of four generations of the highly developed art of piano making. Since 1849, the goal has been to achieve perfection. Seiler grand and upright pianos are far more than just top quality instruments. They are all unique and masterly works of art. As a result, Seiler has earned its worldwide reputation as being the industry benchmark through its impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and precision.

Every genuine Seiler piano embodies the know-how and experience of four generations of the highly developed art of piano making. Since 1849, the goal has been to achieve perfection. Seiler grand and upright pianos are far more than just top quality instruments. They are all unique and masterly works of art. As a result, Seiler has earned its worldwide reputation as being the industry benchmark through its impeccable craftsmanship, quality, and precision.

Seiler Pianos Historical Timeline

1849 Eduard Seiler starts with the handcrafted production of pianos in Liegnitz. With skills and a spirit of invention, the excellent pianist develops an independent model. The transparent, bright tone of this piano will remain characteristic of all SEILER instruments.

1872 A SEILER instrument is presented, for the first time, with a gold medal in Moscow. Many other awards will follow, and the size of the factory grows as its fame spreads. SEILER becomes purveyor of the Russian Czar Court. After the death of his father in 1875, Johannes Seiler takes over the company that employs 120 piano builders.

1898 The 25,000th SEILER leaves the extended factory. SEILER instruments are acclaimed world-wide, not only among experts.

1910 Johannes Seiler is appointed court purveyor to Margherita, Queen Mother of Italy.

1923 In the third generation, Anton Seiler is entrusted with the management of the family business. The company is producing 3,000 instruments a year. With 435 employees, SEILER is not only the most famous but also the biggest piano factory in Eastern Germany.

1945 Due to World War II, the Seiler family loses its home and its parent factory. Steffen risked his life salvaging all of his scale designs to preserve them for the future. Steffen Seiler starts up the production of pianos along traditional Liegnitz lines in Denmark.

1957 Production becomes possible again in Germany, and in 1961 the SEILER Pianoforte Factory moves to its new home in the Bavarian town of Kitzingen.

1967 SEILER becomes a founding member of the “Germany Pianos Quality Association.” SEILER offers its customers instruments which are regularly tested by sworn experts, thus ensuring maximum, long-term quality.

1974 The 100,000th SEILER leaves the Kitzingen factory 126 years after the company was founded.

1983 SEILER applies for patents on its Membrator soundboard for grand pianos. This innovation enables grand pianos to be built more compactly without sacrificing any volume of tone and dynamics of sound.

1985, 1986, and 1988 Seiler pianos are rewarded in Paris with gold medals, reinforcing their position among the elite world’s piano manufacturers.

1987 SEILER creates a sensation at the International Music Show in Frankfurt with a new grand piano design. The “Showmaster” – a genuine SEILER grand – features an integrated MIDI system that opens up all the possibilities of modern electronics.

1994 SEILER celebrates its 145th anniversary. The SEILER Pianoforte Factory extends over a production area of 10,000 square meters. It is characterized as much by high-tech machinery and lean production as it is by craftsmanship and know-how of well-trained piano builders. Under the management of Steffen and Ursula Seiler, 150 employees build grand pianos and upright pianos of world standard – from the upright piano of the “Studio Line” to the grand piano of the “Master Class,” from instruments for teachers and students to the exquisite models of the “Special Class;” which, with their excellent woodworking and masterly intarsias, are a delight for connoisseurs.

1995 The SEILER development team stars with two sensational inventions: the patented SMR action (Super Magnet Repetition), which enables an upright piano to be played with the same ease of repetition as a grand piano (worldwide patent pending), and “DuoVox”, which with the patented SEILER mute system for acoustic pianos, combined with a an integrated digital piano, has revolutionized the piano market; pianists can listen to themselves playing over headphones, without disturbing anyone in their surroundings.

1996 SEILER’s piano builders invent the Tonal Volume Stabilizer, German patent 195 37 261, which ensures the long-term retention of tonal volume through permanent control of the soundboard arching.

1997 SEILER unveils yet another remarkable innovation, the German patent 197 16 177.4: the “Elite Trainer” professional practice instrument. An original grand action with digital sound technique for silent practicing and/or access to everything electronic music has to offer.

1998 SEILER’s Frenator System (European patent app. 97 12 22 33-6) to secure the keyboard lid on grand pianos.

1999 SEILER celebrates its 150th anniversary with the 1st International SEILER Piano Competition, Kitzingen. In memory of Steffen Seiler, the Steffen Seiler Association for the Promotion of Piano Music is founded. This association aims to promote piano playing, on a wide scale, as a cultural, intellectual, and creative expression of life.

2001 The 2nd International Piano Competition festival is held with 140 young talents from 30 countries. Qualifying contests were carried out in Italy, the USA, and China. The competition is overseen by an international jury of seven judges from Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Russia and China, most of whom are also on the jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Again, the 1st prize in the young group is among the Chinese laureates. Seiler presents the new 208 Professional Grand.

2003 The newly developed 186 Maestro model features a radiating back post and front and rear duplex scale. Soundboard and rib statics have been redesigned with the length of the strings optimized to match. The service proven keyboard and action are thus combined in harmonious fashion with new standards of dynamics. To do better justice to today’s greater acoustic and dynamic possibilities, SEILER has further optimized the duplex scale and soundboard on the 208 Professional and the 242 Konzert Grand models. The touch of the 132 Konzert SMR upright has been perfected by precision work on the damper springs. The lowest priced model from German production, the SEILER 116 Primus, will be available in the future in alder and beech as well as in the familiar black polished finish. SEILER’s internationally unique selection of special woods has been further enlarged through the addition of the 186 Maestro and 122 Konsole models in veined laurel.

With the design study 186 Opaque, we are adding a further highlight to our range of modified acoustic show instruments. With its consistent product policy, SEILER underlines its status as a top-class international brand with an unsurpassed price/performance ratio. 208 talents from 56 countries apply for participation at the 3rd International SEILER Piano Competition Kitzingen. Again, qualifying contests are carried out in ‘china and 32 students are invited by SEILER to take part in the competition. The 1st prize in the older group is awarded to a young Chinese artist.

Customer Reviews

About a month ago, my husband and I drove from Greenville to see the pianos that Ruggero’s had on display ... our first time in the store. But I can honestly say that it was well worth the trip. We found a pre-owned Yamaha baby grand that was PERFECT for us!! Though it was 28yrs old, they had restored it to LIKE NEW!! It was definitely my dream come true piano, and Chris & his dad made this shopping experience a pleasure indeed!! They went out of their way to make this happen for us in a timely and affordable manner!! Hats off to the Ruggero’s!! A new lifetime business partnership for us!! - Cathy Malin

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