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What we think of the Irmler 'Supreme' SP118 traditional cabinet upright piano
The Irmler SP118 is the smallest instrument in the SP Line range of instruments. Designed and manufactured by Bluthner the SP118 is a high quality instrument that is both sized and priced between the Yamaha B2 and B3, making for a really interesting comparison. A worthwhile upgrade from the popular Irmler 'Europe' series, the SP118 piano has upgraded hammers, the same specially selected Abel hammers as in Bluthner instruments along with an improved action manufactured by Detoa. The touch is firm yet well balanced and perfectly suited to the expressive tone of the SP118.
With its flawless polished ebony finish and beautiful chrome fittings the attention to detail is superb, giving the SP118 the presence and beauty deserving of the Bluthner name.
Designed by Bluthner and made from high quality Czech components Irmler pianos are fine instruments that combine European design values and precision engineering with excellent value. Each piano is 'finished' at the Bluthner piano facility in Leipzig, including voicing, regulation and fine tuning and the result is a high quality piano throughout.
Also available as a 'Silent piano', this allows the player to 'switch off' the acoustic element of the piano and practice privately with headphones. A wonderful and great value addition to your acoustic piano this allows you to select from 80 different sounds, including pianos, electric pianos and orchestral sounds, record your performance and even use your acoustic piano as a MIDI controller. Supplied with a good quality set of headphones for private practice the Moontime system also has audio outputs to connect to external speakers.
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A brief history of Irmler Pianos:
1818 - Johann Christian Gottlieb Irmler founded his company in the musical city of Leipzig. Within a few years his instruments gained great popularity facilitating the construction of a brand new factory including its own steam power station. This major investment underlined the growing demand for his instruments in these early years.
1842 - Johann Christian Gottlieb Irmler invented a new action for grand pianos, enabling much faster repetition than ever before and better control. For his revolutionary efforts he was honoured by the King of Saxony with the Great Golden Saxony Royal State Medal, the highest award of the state of Saxony.
1889 - The reputation of Irmler's grand pianos started to gain recognition from outside of the German Empire. Numerous instruments were exported, mainly to the thriving Russian empire and the Scandinavian kingdoms.
1900 - Irmler received many prestigious awards, such as the Great Golden and the Golden Medal of his Majesty the King of Saxony. He was appointed the official purveyor of pianos to the Court of his Royal Highness the Duke of Mecklemburg-Schwerin, and his Highness Duke of Anhalt.
1943 - Along with many other piano manufacturing firms, including today's parent company Blüthner, the factory was bombed and burned to the ground. The factory buildings on Leplay Street and the retail outlet on Turner Street were completely destroyed. Soon after the end of World War II the Irmler family decided to resume production, but under the Russian occupation it was very difficult the re-establish an environment suitable for piano manufacture. When Mr Irmler passed away the family escaped to West Germany and in 1953 the East German administration dismantled the company.
1999 - The Irmler Piano Company was re-established, based on the design and manufacturing philosophies of Johann Gottlieb Irmler.
2000's - Today, Irmler Piano GmbH manufactures affordable instruments that combine high quality with superb value for money and is thriving once again.
The Moontime Silent System was launched, combining digital and acoustic piano technologies making it possible to play an acoustic piano silently and listen through headphones.
The Irmler Piano design philosophy:
Playing the piano supports a child's intellectual development, increasing their levels of concentration. Children who play the piano learn more efficiently and exhibit better social competences, integrating themselves easier into social structures. Adults who play piano also improving their overall efficiency and concentrations levels. Adults also have been shown to react more appropriate and competent in stress situations. Piano playing helps older people improve their intellectual and mental fitness. These effects are based on scientific research and can be observed whenever you meet a piano player.
This is not just Hocus Pocus, the effects of the piano playing as a fountain of youth has been related in numerous scientific studies.
Hand craftsmanship and choice materials are the basis of our work. Joy and serenity are the source of our strength, which we would like to impart to you.
Solid handiwork, long lasting value, melodious tone - true value lies in these attributes. Sit at the bench of one of our instruments and enjoy yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised, even astonished, with our instruments.
All Irmler pianos from Chamberlain Music are delivered and prepared by our specialist delivery team. This ensures that they are handled carefully, set up and adjusted correctly. This is FREE to all ground floor, mainland UK addresses. Our in house technicians bespoke prepare every single instrument. This ensures that your new piano arrives perfectly regulated and toned.
Manufacturer's warranty: 5 years