07.04.2016 - 10.04.2016 — Hall: 9.0 Stand: D 10
Schulze Pollmann was formed in 1928 by the merger of two German piano builders that had moved to Italy. The founding partner, Paul Pollmann, worked for years with Ibach in Barmen and with Steinway & Sons in Hamburg before opening his own factory in Unna.
In 1923 the new factory was transferred to Turin; almost at the same time, another reputed piano builder from Germany, Schulze of Zwickau, moved to Bolzano in northern Italy.
The two companies merged in 1928 to create Schulze Pollmann, managed until 1942 by Paul Pollmann.
His son, Hans, was the technical director of the company from the 1950's till the 1970's. Hans had learned his craft under the supervision of his father before moving to Braunschweig for a while to manage the famous Schimmel company.
The origins of Schulze Pollmann make it easy to understand why the company's instruments are famed for the robustness, durability and full, mellow tones that are commonly associated with the great German tradition of piano building.
Whilst fully respecting these time-honoured characteristics, Schulze Pollmann has successfully managed to add original elements of Italian taste and design, producing a remarkable blend of tradition, elegance, technology and innovation.
The Quality of the Pianos
With the skills of the craftsmen employed by the company and the use of advanced computerized machinery, capable of guaranteeing an extremely high level of precision and reliability at all stages of the production process, over the decades Schulze Pollmann has built a reputation of being one of Europe's foremost piano manufacturers.
The latest changes are mainly in the strung-back, and include: a new design of the crown of the soundboard (and, consequently, also of the ribs and the strings), a different thickness of the soundboard and an exclusive as well as innovative system of gluing the soundboard to its supports.
The improvements that are constantly made on all Schulze Pollmann pianos are the result of careful studies that combine a tradition of piano building and the experience of skilled craftsmen, with advanced sampling techniques and sophisticated mathematical models.
The Exceptional Beauty
In order to offer precious aesthetical solutions which would have inevitably made the beauty of Schulze Pollmann pianos recognized worldwide, our cabinetexperts have cooperated with eminent architects and defined wonderful combinations of various types of woods (and also between their own patterns).
Thanks to this valuable work, the Schulze Pollmann pianos are decorated with cabinets in Italian Walnut, American Mahogany and European Cherry with marvellous natural designs of the wood that portray the Peacock tail, the Feather and the precious Briar.
These finest veneers are applied to panels with an inert wood core and convey to each piano its uniqueness.
Meticulous attention is dedicated to the painting and varnishing processes, which, apart from conveying a greatly decorative touch, preserve the vitality and the exceptional beauty of the cabinet.
The Regulation of the Action
The action and the keyboard are positioned and regulated in respect of a perfect balance of leverages. Highly accurate adjustments and settings give a firm and consistently sensitive touch to every Schulze Pollmann piano, in perfect compliance with the company's rewarded classical principles.
The Richness of the Sound
In the final production process our tuning technicians dedicate their talents to the adjustment of sound quality; particularly with the voicing of the hammers, they succeed in bringing musical vitality to each piano.
The acoustic results are extraordinary:
- An exceptionally rich and mellow sound with extended envelope persistency, to which tuners can apply their skills to obtain the best possible sound with respect to the ambiance.
- Absolute uniformity of timbre over the entire keyboard, with a special focus on the centre-left area.
- Pure and clear tones, totally free from extraneous noises, vibrations and false harmonics.
- Remarkable sound dynamics, giving an ample range of volume and expression.