Originally the company was associated with Bluthner and later on became Welmar and Kemble etc. A little history follows:
Under the umbrella of the Whelpdale, Maxwell & Codd company, six different brands of upright pianos were hand-crafted, each to its own specification. The company originally formed back in 1876 to sell the German made Bluthner pianos to the UK market but just before the Second World War, when they were doing well, an unfortunate fire at the uninsured London factory of Squire and Longson meant there was a whole workforce of fully trained piano specialists desperate for work Seizing the opportunity, the company bought their present premises and were able to employ skilled team of craftsmen from day one, and to begin manufacturing their own new brand of piano Welmar (named after the two directors Mr Whelpdale and Mr Maxwell).
The piano may not be as well known as others, but it does have a wonderful tone that is hard to find today.
Before I begin to detail the piano I would like to say that I can arrange Delivery for the buyer at a very reasonable rate. Please contact me for a quotation and the price given will be subject to a few conditions at the bottom of this page.
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All these pictures were taken this week.
The piano case is in a good overall condition and has a nice shiny finish. A few marks that can be expected from a second hand piano of this age, but it is still very presentable!
Internally the piano is also in good condition and has no defects!
All the original keys have been fully checked, serviced and polished as can be seen. NO Chips!
The Wrest Plank or Pin Block is structurally sound and the piano holds it tuning very well for over 6 months! This is the usual minimum tune up period for pianos. In reality, all pianos go slightly out of tune (Flat) within a few days of tuning!
The piano is tuned to concert pitch and has remained in tune for the past 6 months now, but I will fully re tune this week!
The Dimensions are: Width: 58 inches (1475mm) Height: 51 1/2 inches (1310mm) Depth: 24 inches (610mm)
In summing up, this 88 note 7 1/4 octave piano would not only suit a beginner and take them to grade 8, but it will also suit a good pianist who is likes a sharper and powerful tone. The piano has been well played over the years and the action is very fast! The keys are always under your fingers and you will be able to play the fastest of piano pieces with no trouble!
I'm sure from these pictures and videos that this piano is of very good quality and will give you many years of trouble free playing and pleasure.
What makes a good Piano? Don't always go by name or design! Yamaha's tend to be very sharp and bright, but are very good. Bechstein's are either very good or very bad, I have a model III & Model 9 as well as two Bluthners that you can compare this one against if you visit.