The Seiler ED132 offers players a stellar complement of features and musical performance, including a soundboard area equal to that of a 7’ grand piano, and a bass string as long as most 6’ grand pianos.
And because this is a replica, vs the often loose language that hints at German “heritage” with so many Asian-built pianos, we find the use of the exact same plate, the exact same soundboard cut, solid spruce, the exact, scale design, and the exact hammers. But of course, the cost savings come almost entirely from where they assemble it: a completely different factory with obviously a more affordable workforce.
So the lower octave and a half are quite similar to the one 26. Not brassy, almost no unwanted overtones there at all, and remarkably consistent. The break on the 132 is nearly undetectable, similar to the smaller ED126. The pairing of the Abel hammers and how they’re voiced also draws a beautiful focus out of the keys through the mid-range of the piano.
Through the top range, a very clear upper partial profile that floats to a bell-like character in the top 2 octaves.
Ed Seiler’s use Renner action components, Seiler’s own keysticks, and a rigorous quality control system that ensures a higher consistency level than typically seen out of other Chinese or Indonesian factories (save Kawai’s Karawan factory, undoubtedly the most fastidious of them all).
The motion is fluid with a slightly deeper geometry than a typical upright.
The ED126 uses Abel hammers from Germany. The hammer that Seiler selected is a heavier weight, with a medium brightness, contributing to the piano’s overall character. The selection of German hammers – the same as what can be found on the full German counterparts – ensures that the Seiler character is authentically preserved, while also giving buyers longevity and performance normally associated with far more expensive instruments.
ED Seilers – including the ED132, install arguably the most expensive soundboard of any upright piano in the Asian market – including those from Japan…with the exception perhaps of the YUS5 and Kawai’s K-800.
They also Seiler developed a planing technique called the “Membrator” which augments the sustain and makes the board more active at lower energy levels. It’s entirely unique within the industry, and can visually be seen on all ED Seiler and SE (German) Seiler pianos on both uprights and grands.
Large Spruce Beam Rim/Cabinet
The ED132 uses large spruce beams on the back of the piano with 2 hard points connecting it with the plate for added stability and cabinet resonance. The piano also receives some of the best polyester – both quality and spray depth – of any piano on the market regardless of country of origin. This is a carry-over from Seiler Germany’s extreme emphasis on high-tech polyester application and is substantially beyond the technology used at Yamaha/Kawai factories in Japan.