Like the Wilhelm Schimmel before it, the Fridolin Schimmel lineup of pianos is a way for Schimmel piano company designed instruments into a distinctly different part of the market than this legendary German piano maker has traditionally been associated with. Other German pianos makers with many years of excellence in piano making including C. Bechstein, Seiler and Steinway have done this as well.
With strict oversight by German craftsmen by Schimmel ensuring defined processes are followed, the Fridolin’s are assembled in China by Pearl River with many European components, including Rosslau strings and German hammers, resulting in an instrument of value in the truest sense of the word.
Schimmel pianos are known for their bright tone and immediate attack, and these traits certainly make their way over into the Fridolin instruments. This holds true with the F121, and its 48″ height is a popular size for anyone after a professionally sized upright piano.
And since Schimmel has won numerous design awards, such as the Red Dot award and Good Design award, plus a nomination for the German design award, you can rest assured that the F121 looks as good as it sounds.
Schimmel designs the Fridolin all Maple action in an ideal way to achieve a fast response. Piano players will find that the F121 actually feels a lot like a Yamaha U1, especially if they haven’t already played other Schimmel-related products.
Schimmel likes to model their upright actions after the technical design of their concert grand piano, making for great touch control.
Fridolin Schimmel pianos as part of the brand family of Schimmel boast the same bright, immediate attack as their German brethren of the Classic series.
Distinctly different than a Japanese upright piano, the F121 will appeal to anyone who prefers a European sonic experience and the perfect harmony of appearance.
The F121 uses hammer felt exclusively from Germany for a fast, clear response.
AAA solid spruce soundboards are what you’ll find in the F121. The soundboard is incredibly important with regards to piano manufacturing, so the use of AAA spruce is great to see. This soundboard is a big reason the F121 sounds distinct from a Kawai or Yamaha.
Schimmel cabinet design is well known in the industry, and the unique cabinet design of the F121 gleams with an unbroken visual line and gorgeous piano legs styles. A good cabinet ensures a durable instrument.