Johannes Seiler GS175 Product Overview
The Johannes Seiler GS175 grand piano is a part of the Johannes Seiler line, and measures 5’9” in length, or of course 175cm. For those familiar with European scale designs, the 175cm scale will be familiar musically speaking, but as well this is a great grand piano length for rooms of many sizes (won’t overwhelm smaller rooms but will still fill medium to large rooms). The Johannes Seiler line of pianos is designed to offer the piano market an alternative to a Kawai GL or Yamaha GC pianos. The build quality of all of these pianos is ‘in the same category’ and the J. Seilers bring to the table an alternative musical experience that isn’t available from the Japanese competitors
The Johannes Seiler GS175 contains many highly sought-after piano design and material features which are worth noting. A couple of these offerings are: AA High-Quality Solid Spruce Soundboards, White Spruce Soundboard Ribs, Samick’s premium action (top action which Samick makes), a 10 ply hard-rock maple pin block, German Abel Hammers as well as German Roslau Strings. This is an impressive feature set for any price range, and many of these features are staples of high-end German pianos
In essence, if you’re looking for a high-quality grand piano, that’s built in the tradition of the ‘Golden Era of European Piano Building’ but have a budget that needs to be kept in check, then do consider the Johannes Seiler GS175 Grand Piano
The first Seiler pianos began being handcrafted in 1849 in Liegnitz, Silesia, then a part of Prussia, today a part of Poland and within a couple of decades of inception, became the largest producer of pianos in Eastern Europe. Due to many obstacles, both political and war influenced, the Seiler family moved their piano operation around Europe, eventually settling in Kitzingen, Germany, where the workshop continues to produce high quality/world-renowned instruments to this day. One of Asia’s leading piano manufacturers: Samick, purchased Seiler in 2008 and got their top piano makers to design more affordable versions of their instruments which would be made in larger quantities. These lines are Eduard Seiler and Johannes Seiler.
Samick Premium Action
‘Under the hood’ of the Johannes Seiler GS175 is Samick’s ‘Premium Action’ which is the best action Samick produces. The action is made of winter cut maple for optimal stability and is regulated extensively both at the factory as well as at the company’s Tennessee headquarters. The result is a very even and consistent playing experience, which is generally described as ‘medium weight’ and ‘comfortable’. The action is built on an aluminum rail
Tone is probably the most characteristic thing about Seiler pianos. They are famed for their tonal consistency in all instruments, which many attribute their high tension scale designs and their philosophy of focusing on overtone fundamentals instead of all partials. The tone of the GS175 is clear, pure, and very resonant
Premium Abel Hammers
The Johannes Seiler GS175 receives premium Abel Hammers, which are T-Stapled and made with high-quality German wool. This wool offers excellent voicing potential, which lends itself perfectly to the extensive voicing these hammers receive at both the factory and at the company’s Tennessee headquarters.
High-Quality Solid SpriceSoundboard
A high-quality solid spruce soundboard is carefully positioned in each GS175 for optimal tonal response and has soundboard ribs made of white spruce. The soundboard surface area on this model is 2135 square inches, and Seiler specifically designed these soundboards to be optimally efficient
The J. Seiler G175’s cabinet features very clean, European-inspired trims and stylings. The cabinet’s ebony finish is on par with many far more expensive piano cabinets, and apart from the fall boar logo can be easily mistaken for their ‘more expensive versions. The piano comes in Ebony Polish and is available with either chrome or brass hardware