The Seiler piano company of Bavaria, Germany began in 1849 and gained international renown in the early 20th century. Their pianos were used in orchestras and enjoyed by amateur classical musicians, as well as in recording studios, concert halls, theatres, and schools. As such, their pianos represented the highest quality of German craftsmanship.
The Seiler Model 214 Grand Piano of 1924 is an example of this fine craftsmanship. The cabinet of the Model 214 is constructed of solid oak and rosewood, and features classic styling with symmetrical lines and traditional paneling. The lid and fallboard both feature a grand arch design which gives the piano an elegant appearance.
The instrument is fitted with two eight-octave keyboards covered in ebony, with ivory keys. The keys are made of spruce and redwood, and feature a walnut cast-iron frame for enhanced stability. The interior braces are constructed of beech, and feature a special heat-treated steel reinforced pinblock fastener for increased stability and tuning accuracy.
The Model 214 features a heavy-grade steel action, with both a soft-close pedal and a sostenuto pedal. The soundboard is seven layers, constructed of European spruce with a fine-grained top and bottom. The stringing and tuning pin design, referred to as "Seiler's perfect stringing", uses 30 double strings designed for maximum resonance.
The Model 214 is considered to be a true work of art. Seiler pianos of the era had become known across Europe for their attention to detail and superior quality. In fact, prototypes of the Model 214 were shipped to the 1924 International Music Show in Leipzig, where it was praised as one of the finest grand pianos produced in Europe at the time.
Today, the Seiler Model 214 Grand Piano of 1924 is a sought-after collectible, prized for its superior craftsmanship and unique design. Its unique combination of beauty and sound quality make it a favorite for those who appreciate the timeless excellence of German craftsmanship.