Welmar pianos are often described as a “fine English piano” and were manufactured in the UK until the early 2000s. Having previously distributed German pianos, Welmar learnt a lot about how to craft pianos that stay very nicely in tune.
This particular piano is from 1976 and was bought by my grandfather for my mother. As well as playing it for pleasure, my mum used to teach piano lessons to a range of children, including one blind boy. Given lessons used to start before my dad got home, as a child I would often be sat on my mum’s lap whilst she gave lessons.
Once old enough to play, I used to practice on this piano and loved the warm tone and natural reverb from the backplate and strings. My kids and nephews now play on this piano when visiting their grandparents and I love to have a little tinker on it whenever I can.
I recorded the piano with a pair of Sontronics STC-1 Microphones – you can see some of my early experiments here:
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