"German quality" - as they usually say about something expensive and reliable. About something that has long established itself. And if these two words are pronounced during a conversation about musical instruments of the piano class, then it is quite possible that we are talking about the pianos and the piano of the German brand “Ed.Seiler".
The history of Seiler, today one of the largest manufacturers of pianos and pianos, dates back to 1849, when the first instrument was born from the workshop of the enterprising Eduard Zeiler, which he opened in Lignitz.
After twenty years of hard work, Eduard Seiler receives the first award for his work. But not at home, as one might expect, but in Moscow. It was in the capital of Russia in 1872 that his piano was awarded for "inimitable magnificent sound." Recognition of the success of Sailer in Moscow gives a powerful impetus to the development of the company.
Three years later, in 1875, at the Eduard Zeiler factory, a considerable number of workers were working at that time - 120 craftsmen. With age, Sailer transfers the reins of the plant to his son - Johann, who diligently continues the work of his father.
Instruments exiting the walls of the Sailer factory are widely recognized and rewarded. For ten years, from 1880 to 1890, they receive awards around the world: in Vienna, Berlin, Melbourne, Milan, Amsterdam, in Chicago.
Johann Seiler supplies tools to royal courts throughout Europe. By the beginning of the 20th century, the number of masters involved in the production at the Zeiler factory reached 430, and it became the largest piano factory in East Germany. Zeiler brand pianos stand at such leading figures in world music as Enrico Caruso and Ruggiero Leoncavallo.
War spares neither people nor art. In 1945, during the capture of Berlin by the Red Army of the USSR, the Zeiler factory was destroyed by Soviet soldiers almost to the foundation. But Steffen Sailer, at the risk of being shot, penetrates his own factory, where he steals blueprints of tools and models of cast-iron frames.
Then, risking his head again, he takes them out of the war-torn Lignitz to Denmark, where he begins production from scratch. Only 15 years later he manages to return to his homeland, and he transfers production to Kitzingen am Main. Since then, the factory continues to produce musical instruments to the delight of all lovers of quality sound.
Throughout the territory of the former Soviet Union, many pianos still have antique pianos of the world famous German brand. Ordinary soldiers of the Soviet army rarely knew music, but for an educated officer to bring home as a trophy, such an instrument was a rare success, and the piano “Ed.Seiler” began to get to Russia in large numbers.
Unfortunately, the piano is a very fragile and short-lived instrument; it is extremely difficult to store it. Neither dampness, nor heat, nor even home heating spared him, so there were few left of the tools brought back then, whose condition can be defined as working. Most of them today, unfortunately, are rather of historical value - like exhibits or antique objects.
So, if you suddenly have a burning desire to purchase a “used” “Ed.Seiler”, take your time - as a tool you will most likely not be able to use it, at least without an expensive restoration. And there is no doubt that it will be expensive - repairing a piano is always expensive.
Today, Ed.Seiler is led by the heirs of the founder, Ursula and Manuel Zeiler, from the company's headquarters in Kitzingen (Germany).
This is interesting: each Seiler tool has a number by which you can accurately determine the year of its release:
1870 - 2000
1880 - 7290
1890 - 15335
1900 - 27800
1910 - 43420
1920 - 53670
1925 - 61632
1930 - 71725
1935 - 75500
1940 - 81100
1945 - 82500
1952 - 82700
1960 - 86100
1965 - 92683
1970 - 99266
1975 - 105849
1980 - 116882
1985 - 131130
1990 - 144955
1995 - 155980