Welmar pianos are a British manufacturer who along with Kemble, Knight and Rogers, went on to dominate the British demand for upright pianos in the 1920’s to 1970’s. While there was a gradual decline in piano sales partly caused by the popularity of the record player, the piano continued to be a desirable form of home entertainment and not just for serious students. Welmar ceased production in 2003, so if you buy an instrument today you are buying into a piece of British manufacturing history. Welmar uprights from 1960’s onwards tend to vary in quality, but a recent addition to our showroom is definitely one to have a look into if you want a quality upright to start learning on.
This Welmar upright dates from 1979 and is housed in satin mahogany case. The action is pristine and has a standard medium touch. The edges of the case are rounded, and has quite an appealing modern upright style that would go well in a range of furniture settings. The piano itself has a very definite ‘British upright’ tone: mellow and warm. If you ears do not get on with the more crisp tone of Japanese upright pianos then you should definitely have a listen to this piano. Pieces from the Romantic and late 19th century repertoire come out particularly well on this piano; the opening bars of Liebestraum by Liszt have a sonorous quality and pieces by Debussy seem made for this piano.
All in all this is a quality built instrument which will cater to a variety of needs. The best thing is to try this piano out at our showroom to hear for yourself. Also, if you are interested in Welmar pianos take a look at our Welmar grand piano by reading our blog review here.