Eduard Seiler began making Seiler pianos in Europe in 1849, and in under 100 years, became the largest piano maker in Eastern Europe. The company in the 1920s was putting out over 3000 pianos annually and employed over 400 master piano builders. The pianos became very famous for their clear and singing tone, which is a result of their higher tension scale designs. This is also what’s allowed Seiler pianos to retain their famous tone for almost two centuries now
In 2008, Samick purchased Seiler, and added two new lines of pianos to the Seiler lineup – the Eduard Seilers and the Johannes Seilers. The German Seiler pianos continue to be handcrafted in small quantities in the same piano workshop in Kitzingen, Germany as they have been for a very long time, whereas the two new lines are made in Samick’s state-of-the-art Indonesian factory, and are made to be able to offer the legendary Seiler pianos at a more affordable price point
The GS122 model is 49” in height, or 122 cm, and is the tallest upright in the Johannes Seiler series. The added height on this instrument gives the player more string length and soundboard surface area to work with, ultimately leading to a greater platee of tone and tone colour. The Johannes Seiler pianos have a scale design that is unique to them and include many highly sought after features, generally found on premium uprights
Some of these features include a Solid Spruce soundboard made of White Spruce (for a very characteristically European sound), Abel Hammers with German wool, Roslau Strings from Germany Samick’s Premium Level Action, and a 9-ply Hard rock maple pin block.
The Johannes Seiler GS122 has a really modern-looking cabinet with uniquely curved front legs and a top lid hinge which can be opened to hear more of the piano’s tone. The piano is available in both Polished Ebony or Satin Ebony and has Chrome or Brass hardware options
Samick Premium Action
Johannes Seiler pianos, including the GS122 upright model feature Samick’s ‘Premium’ Action, which is of course Samick’s best action. The response of the keys is very good and the repetition speed is also impressive for an upright piano. The action gets regulated intensively at both the Samick factory and their facility in Tennessee, and plays really smoothly right away without any major servicing needed
Bright and Clear Tone
Seiler pianos are famous for their bright and clear tones, which would definitely describe the GS122 as well. This piano projects very well and has a lot of tone colour to work with, without ever sounding ‘muddy’. There is also a meaningful volume increase between the GS118 and GS122 models, with the GS122 being able to fill even a medium-large room
One of the many impressive features on the GS122 from Johannes Seiler is the hammers. This piano uses Abel hammers with high-quality German wool. These hammers can also be found in some of the most expensive uprights in the world. Hammer alignment and voicing is done at the Samick factory
White Spruce Soundboard
A premium quality white spruce soundboard is what Johannes Seiler uses in the GS122 model. White spruce is a staple in many European pianos, and among other factors is what gives the GS122 its resonant yet clear tone. Strict quality control goes into installing the soundboard as well as attaching the ribs to maximize its tonal efficiency
Seiler prides themselves in cabinet consistency across all three of their piano lines. Of course, there are slight differences between the cabinets in the different series, but this results in the Johannes Seiler pianos having the highest quality cabinetry in their respective price ranges. The GS122 model features front legs with unique curves to them, a hinged top lid, and the option of either brass or chrome detailing. The GS122 comes in both Ebony Polished as well as Satin Ebony
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