Samick is the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the world, and the third largest producer of pianos. They have many brands of piano world wide. In the UK, we have Samick, Samick World Series and Reid-Sohn. Samick have shares in Steinway & Sons, own the German piano company Seiler and have shares and interest in the German company Bechstein. Samick produce a wide range of piano designs, colours and performance ranges, with 14 different case finishes on the JS range of uprights. TUV of Germany have issued Samick with the first ISO 9001 rating ever given to a musical instrument, proving through third party certification that the entire Samick production process is truly excellent.
The 'scale' of the piano determines the eventual tone of the instrument. The design of the piano's scale is therefore extremely important. Samick commissioned the world renowned Klaus Fenner from Germany to design all of their new instruments. He incorporated a "German Scale Design" in all of his pianos. This design pulls the string to a higher tension than normal, which tames the string divisions, resulting in a pleasing tone to the human ear. Samick uses Roslau Piano Strings from Germany to produce this tone. A Hard Maple Pinblock holds the strings at the pins. The virgin cast iron plate holds the string at the other end. Samick produce their own Spruce Soundboards which are surface tensioned for durability and tone.
Satin finishes include Alder, light cherry, natural cherry, American walnut, light American walnut, cherry, natural beech, brown oak and light oak. Polyester finishes include black, white, ivory, mahogany and walnut.
By John Thompson (Owner of Sussex Pianos)
"I have been selling Samick pianos for over 10 years. They offer value for money but with features like German hammer felt and strings. They are more consistent in quality than most level entry brands and are available in more case finishes. I stock nearly all of the upright range from the 110cm high to the 131cm high. The 126cm is the newest in the range, based on the Seiler German 126 piano, this piano has a great dynamic range without being looking too large. The 112 and 118 RI models with the inlay and mouldings give a unique look to the piano."