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:

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  • Warm and Wonderful!

    This is an oldie but goody from PB! This piano is lovely, warm, well recorded, and very playable. It definitely ranks as one of my favorites on the piano book site. The zones are generally well matched, although A1 to B1 is a bit rough. The tuning is imperfect, but imperfect in a very realistic way. F5 does stand out a bit because it's farther out of tune than most of the other notes, but it's not one you'll find yourself playing particularly often, so it's not such a big deal. There's some noise in the main recording which isn't too bad, but there's a lot of noise in the release triggers, so I ended up turning those all the way down. This piano isn't particularly responsive dynamically, but it's responsive enough to make it really playable, and really useable for productions. This library is really well done overall, and it's worth downloading!

    Sam Ecoff03 December 2021
  • This one always stuck with me

    Ive always remembered this piano from when i started with pianobook. i was coming off artirua v2 pianos which in my opinion sound terrible compared to mostly anything found on pianobook. i remember just being so pleased with the tone snd realism of this. I still feel that this piano has a wonderful tone and character although i am left wishing it was a bit more dynamic. Also there seems to be a little bit of weirdness going on with the velocity layers where i feel like the loudest layer kind of jumps out at you out of nowhere. Id love to see this tightened up a bit and maybe more deeply sampled because i really love the tone and recording.

    septemberwalk15 November 2021
  • Proper Piano

    I've used this quite a few times. It seems to suit my playing somehow. The recording and controls are good providing a very pleasant instrument.

    NemoralisMusic29 December 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
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