A Brand that Spreading the centuries.
Albin Schneider was born on July 30th 1860 into a poor family in Linz, Austria.
At the age of 10, he began work as an apprentice in a machine shop and learned the trades of mechanic, joiner and turner.After 5 years his apprenticeship, he worked in a cabinet makers workshop.
Between the age of 16 and 20 he learnt how to build pianos with the well-known piano maker Bösendorfer, which is close to Wienna.
In late 1882, Albin Schneider gained further experience and knowledge as a technicians in a cabinet factory in Vienna Austria too.
Then, in 1883, at the age of 23, Albin Schneider returned to the piano industry and was employed as a maker of piano instruments in Wienna. When the above quotation appeared in the Neue musikalische Presse (Vienna) in 1883, Bösendorfer had already become the quintessence of the Viennese style of sound. With its pianos, Bösendorfer had conquered the concert podiums and salons everywhere in the Habsburg monarchy. Nowadays he became foreman in the "Bösendorfer" piano factory.
Early in 1885, Albin Schneider started building pianos in his own workshop, and thus the great Schneider Piano was born. Company's philosophy: fine tone quality by rock solid, durable construction.
Albin Schneider produced the first piano in Linz in 1885 and after having delivered three grand pianos to the court of the King of Linz, he was named Official Purveyor to the Court in 1886.
Since 1885 , the goal has been to achieve perfection. Since Schneider upright pianos are individually handcrafted for generations, an almost unlimited variety of styles and veneer will be available to fulfill the request of our customers. The parts are assembled to create a unique and individual piece of art.
Schneider factory is made up of many different departments, each has a dedicated purpose. Beginning with the structural work, making the back, soundboard and fitting the bridges, frame and strings, the next distinct process is cosmetic veneering, staining, spraying and putting polyester on the case - before the final fitting out, where the pedal, action and keys are inserted and finishing touches like voicing, tuning and regulation are done.
When the timber first arrives at the factory it is stored in a kiln to dry. It is important that the moisture of the wood is regulated into 4 - 5% moisture; enough to ensure it won't twist or be dehydrated by central heating.
First the back is constructed, as it serves to reinforce the whole structure. Schneider pianos use one of the best German made pin blocks, manufactured from laminated wood. Seventeen to nineteen layers are laminated together which will serve to hold the pins that secure the strings.
Meanwhile the soundboard is constructed. This is made of several planks of spruce joined together diagonally with strong resin glue which is very resistant to heat and moisture.
The next step is to fit the strings. Tuning pins with the strings wrapped around them are hammered though the holes into the metal frame and into the top of the pin block using a special drill that bores the holes very close to one another. This is why it is so important to have the many laminations for strength as there is tremendous pressure exerted once the strings are pulled taut.
Since 1885 , the goal has been to achieve perfection. Since Schneider grand pianos are individually handcrafted for generations, an almost unlimited variety of styles and veneer will be available to fulfill the request of our customers. The parts are assembled to create a unique and individual piece of art.