Zimmermann pianos are one of the most celebrated pianos on the musical instrument market. Despite the fact that the company was purchased from its original founders and manufacturers, the brand still caries the legacy of fine craftsmanship and beautiful musical qualities that has made the company famous from the beginning.
Max and Richard Zimmermann worked for Steinway and Sons in New York City in the United States before they began to manufacture their first pianos in 1884 in the town of Leipzig, Germany. They enjoyed a steady increase of business during the following years and in 1904 they opened their second factory as part of their business' expansion.
By 1912, the company became one of Europe’s largest piano manufacturing companies as 10,000 units were being produced annually. Later, they became a world-wide piano exporter with over 400,000 instruments sold all over the globe.
The C. Bechstein AG took ownership of the Zimmermann company in 1992 and incorporated it in their product range.
Modern Zimmermann pianos are now being produced in Saxony (where the Bechstein company has regrouped their production facilities) as where all other Bechstein instruments are manufactured. (see link above)
Modern Day Production
At present, Zimmermann pianos still upholds the age-old tradition of training craftsmen in a three-year program, which in turn, makes them a master of basic piano building.
Chippendale, Chippendale Antique, and Traditional are the three styles that consist the 4’9" grand line. These styles are available in walnut, mahogany, or ebony in polish or satin. One may get a hold of Rosewood via special order. The upright line is offered in a 43" size and four models in smoked oak, walnut, mahogany, and ebony, polished or satin.
The fact that the C. Bechstein Company now owns the Zimmermann as one of their product lines, one can be assured of the finest quality of craftsmanship and materials that can be obtained from a piano.
The combined craftsmanship and time-tested quality of both Zimmermann and C. Bechstein promise nothing but the best experience one can have while playing the piano.
Serial Numbers to Determine Your Piano’s Age
1885 - 1
1901 - 60001
1915 - 92001
1919 - 108001
1930 - 165001
1940 - 174001
1950 - 180001
1960 - 195001
1965 - 215001
1970 - 246001
1975 - 280501
1980 - 322671
1985 - 357000
1990 - 415600
1995 - 425660
2000 - 431753
2002 - 434053
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