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#1736802 - 08/19/11 09:08 PM Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One?
Gary Allen Offline
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These is a 2006 Seiler Concert Grand for sale that has never been previously sold by the dealer. Has anyone played a Seiler Concert Grand (278) and if so how is the touch, tone and overall quality and finish quality of the instrument. Of other brands you have played which would the Seiler most remind you of? Thanks for any input on this

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#1736807 - 08/19/11 09:18 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
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I've played a bunch of Seilers over the years. Including the big ones. I like them. I don't think they are as much to my taste as other pianos in that price point. I've always found the sound a little on the transparent side of the spectrum. But they are very well built pianos and if YOU like them you really can't go wrong.
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#1736833 - 08/19/11 10:09 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
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We had one 278 and it was a great instrument.
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#1736850 - 08/19/11 10:59 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
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Played a new one briefly and heard a concert on it at the Wisconsin MTA conference last year. Action was remarkably smooth and easy, most notably. Like some of the other European grands, I kind of liked the sound a lot for certain repertoire and not so much for other stuff, but that's completely subjective. I'm not sure whether he still has it, but it was for sale by Dave Hulbert's shop near Milwaukee. (he was nice enough to donate the use of a couple of 'em at the conference)
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#1737092 - 08/20/11 10:13 AM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: terminaldegree]
Gary Allen Offline
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I appreciate the replies so far. Has anyone else played one and particularly the one I referenced for sale in Manhattan, Kansas? Once again, If you have played a Seiler of this length what other brand or brands did it most remind you of in terms of tone? Thanks!

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#1737203 - 08/20/11 01:41 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
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The overall tonal quality of the piano has more emphasis in the fundamental. Concert grands are not easy pianos to control usually the increments in the tonal color can be abrupt.
In the case of Seiler the transitions of tonal color are very gradual.
The action is well balanced, with a remarkable strong up-weight.
Incredible tuning stability is another highlight of these pianos.
Absolutely delightful instruments!
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#1742961 - 08/29/11 11:54 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
Joel Haasenritter Offline
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Registered: 05/16/10
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Loc: Atlanta, GA
I have had very favorable experiences with Seiler pianos. They can be very powerful instruments but have an excellent dynamic range of tone! I can also second the above comments about tuning stability, a well balanced action, etc. While I haven't played your specific Seiler, I have worked with the model 278 before. Comparing it's tone to other concert grands is a little difficult. Every manufacturer has their own unique character. The Seiler is no exception. As far as build quality and fit and finish, the Seiler piano is extremely well built...just take a look at the rim and soundboard. I hope this helps some! Happy piano hunting!
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#1743021 - 08/30/11 02:14 AM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
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Originally Posted By: Gary Allen
I appreciate the replies so far. Has anyone else played one and particularly the one I referenced for sale in Manhattan, Kansas? Once again, If you have played a Seiler of this length what other brand or brands did it most remind you of in terms of tone? Thanks!


It's interesting to hear of a relatively rare German make ending up in Manhattan, KS of all places.


PS - good to see you are still around Gary!
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#1743129 - 08/30/11 09:04 AM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Horowitzian]
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Originally Posted By: Horowitzian

It's interesting to hear of a relatively rare German make ending up in Manhattan, KS of all places.


It is MANHATTAN after all........ smile
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#1743372 - 08/30/11 05:56 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
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True, true. smile
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#1743556 - 08/30/11 11:53 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Horowitzian]
Gary Allen Offline
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Thanks Horowitzian for your kind comment and thanks to all of you who have replied to this thread. I appreciate and value all the comments! Apparently the Seiler was acquired by the Kansas dealer from the closing of another (Seiler)dealer. Best, Gary

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#1744625 - 09/01/11 04:44 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: Gary Allen]
knabeone Offline
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Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 6
Loc: Pennsylvania
I played a fairly new or new Seiler concert grand a few years ago at a piano dealer in Wheeling and liked it very much. My impression was that it was a very high quality piano with a shimmering clear tone.

More importantly, I bought a 1920's Knabe concert grand from the the dealer you've been talking with. I recommend Dan very highly. It was a great experience, and I would not hesitate to deal with him again. (This was more than ten years ago. I flew to Manhattan, KS to see the piano and eventually bought it.) BTW, I later sold that piano to a church in Pittsburgh and now have a 60s vintage Baldwin F, but I was very happy with the Knabe.

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#1746857 - 09/05/11 12:38 PM Re: Seiler 278 Concert Grand--Anyone Played One? [Re: knabeone]
Gary Allen Offline
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knabeone, Thanks for your input. Good to know!

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