Family Piano

A multi-generational Welmar from 1976 sampled with a pair of Sontronics STC-1 Microphones....

The story

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:

Reviews

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  • Mellow but noisy

    While this piano has a kind of definite attack, the sound signature is very mellow and nostalgic. There is some white noise in the samples though, and the release trigger sounds contain even more, so I recommend minimizing them via the only knob provided. The noise builds up very quickly though no matter what, especially if you use the sustain pedal. The top velocity player is a little problematic when it comes to playing staccato, since it immediately stops itself for no reason, with a very sharp release. This is not how pianos work normally, so it takes away the playability factor. Overall it's a very nice sound but needs somew ork in order to become a solid playable instrument.

    Alex Raptakis19 October 2021
  • Familiar Sounding Upright

    We get so used to perfectly sounding pianos this is quite refreshing. Its not perfect but its a more real and recognisable sound that would sit well in smaller productions.

    Jim Sanger17 October 2021
  • I like this one

    Pianobook 3.0 and these reviews forced me to go back and listen to the Pianos I had downloaded. Some I didn't like but I like this one. It is soft in the low and mid range with enough brightness at the top to lift it. Would like to see a better transition between the two layers to make it more playable.

    Bob Ellis14 October 2021
  • Quite pleasant upright sound but needs tweaking

    The bottom and top of the piano are pretty nice and dynamic, though I find the middle a bit middly and different quality to other notes of the piano. Some samples are clipped off at their end but this can easily be rectified with use of the pedal. Quite nice and usable, but only in part.

    Boag110 October 2021