Blüthner-Welte grand piano

Built: 1924
Serial number: 107262
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Length: 2.19 m

It is believed that no more than 38 Blüthner-Welte grand pianos were built at all, and hardly any of them survived the turmoils of war. This Blüthner-Welte grand piano is nearly perfectly preserved in original condition including the original fan unit. This grand piano represents the high production quality of this phase during the 1920s, thanks to the late year of making and obviously good care. The Welte equipment will be refurbished soon, so that this splendid grand piano with the unique sound pattern will arouse enthusiasm again as a manual and as a Welte reproducing instrument.

 

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Blüthner-Welte grand piano

Built: 1919
Serial number: 98620
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Length: 2.19 m

This Blüthner-Welte grand piano is also very well preserved - unfortunately without the original fan unit. The acoustic piano part is still playing and sounding very nice - the Welte equipment requires a restoration. This is the second Blüthner-Welte instrument ever built (No BL 2).

 

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Blüthner-Welte grand piano (T98)

Built: 1933
Serial number: 114669
Mechanism: Welte T98 (green)
Length: 2.19 m

This might be the last Blüthner-Welte grand piano having been built. It is extremely well preserved. A fantastic instrument, offering a huge flexibility in enjoying reproducing and standard rolls.

 

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Steinway-Welte grand Piano

Built: 1922
Serial number: 209651
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Length: 2.10 m

However the majority of Welte grand pianos being built were Steinway-Welte grand pianos -much more than Feurich-Welte, Ibach-Welte or Blüthner-Welte etc.- they are rare finds today. This Steinway-Welte grand piano is a perfect piano for restoration, as it is untouched and very well preserved. Unfortunately the pump box got lost. We will restore the piano very carefully and rebuilt the pump box - it will become a fantastic piano again. A must-have for any piano music fan.

 

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Steinway-Welte grand Piano

Built: 1916
Serial number: 180653
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Length: 2.10 m

This Steinway-Welte grand piano has still an amazing tone - even non-renovated ~100 years after it has been built. Steinway pianos of that period had really been cutting edge of piano manufacturing. The grand piano has been for decades in the American embassy of Norway. The piano is complete and non restored - after restoration it will be a true treasure.

 

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Feurich-Welte grand piano

Built: 1920
Serial number: 35516
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Length: 2.14 m

Feurich-Welte instruments are especially interesting, because Feurich instruments were, as recording grand pianos, of great importance from to the early Welte recordings. This Feurich-Welte grand piano is very well preserved in original condition, including the original fan unit. There are rather few instruments left from the period of 1920, because there were few buyers after WWI and before the economic crisis in Germany. The Welte equipment will soon be authentically refurbished, too, so that this splendid grand piano with the unique Feurich sound pattern will inspire you again as a manual or Welte reproducing instrument.

 

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Welte push-up player

Built: approx. in 1915
Serial number: 4563 / 527
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: 1.0 m

M. Welte & Sons (New York and Freiburg i. B.) also created push-up players, i.e. devices that were pushed before a (grand) piano and operated the keys by means of felted fingers. This push-up player is such a Welte "red" (T100) System in original condition and very well-preserved. These systems, first introduced in 1904, permit a nearly authentic reproducing of the way composers and pianists at that time played their own instruments. This push-up player dates to 1910 and is wonderfully preserved - including original motor, resistance, pedal rods etc. Here are recordings of the technically fully restored state.

 

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Steinway-Welte piano

Built: 1923
Serial number: 220389
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: 1.44 m

The combination of a Steinway concert piano with a M. Welte-Mignon reproducing system is one of the most beautiful musical instruments of the past. This “model KW” measures 1.45 m in height and has a sound volume like a parlor grand. It was built in 1923 and is unusually beautifully preserved. The incomparable sound is impressive. The reproducing equipment must be refurbished to be well applicable again. Then it will be a reproducing piano to satisfy highest demands - and the repertoire of Welte red rolls includes the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th century.

 

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Steinway-Welte piano

Built: 1926
Serial number: 245785
Mechanism: Welte T98 (green)
Height: 1.44 m

This is one of the last Steinway-Welte pianos being equipped with Welte-Mignon system in the late 1920ies in Freiburg. It is extraordinary well-preserved. After being renovated it will be a valuable piano for handplay as well as for playing reproducing piano rolls. The oak surface will be refinished as well.

 

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Feurich-Welte Piano

Built: 1913
Serial number: 28367
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: 1.48 m

Feurich and Welte had close business connections. The Feurich-Welte pianos are a perfect merger - Feurich's sound of the great concert piano is impressively beautiful. The acoustic piano is also very well preserved and fully playable. The Welte reproducing equipment is also very well preserved, but has to be refurbished for a beautiful reproducing result. Then it will be a reproducing piano to satisfy highest demands. Since Welte red is the broadest set of piano roll preserved, this instrument opens access to an incredibly beautiful repertoire

 

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Ibach-Welte Piano (T100)

Built: 1920
Serial number: 84156
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: 1.44 m

One of the rare Ibach-Welte-Pianos in a complete untouched condition. The beautiful Ibach sound combined with the playing mechanism of Welte makes a fantastic and very special instrument. After the necessary restoration this piano will be a real treasure.

 

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Gaveau-Welte Piano (T98)

Built: 1924
Serial number: 75926
Mechanism: Welte T98 (green)
Height: 1.47 m

This is one of the late combined Welte-Pianos offering both, pedal- and motor-driven music. It can play the Welte green rolls fully accentuated as well as any standard 88 note pianola roll. The Gaveau piano has a rich rosewood design. Gaveau had been one of the leading manufacturers in France. An extremely rare piano.

 

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Welte Feurich Cabinet

Built: 1909
Serial number: 22071
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: ~1,50m

Welte & Sons attracted less attention with their first presentation of the Welte-Mignon on the 1904 fair than anticipated. This first version of the Welte-Mignon, designed as a cabinet, featured a reproducing system that, in comparison to the simple pianola push-up players known till then, was a giant leap in the faithful reproduction of a pianist's play. This cabinet version was soon replaced by push-up players, installation pianos and grands, so that only very few are preserved to this day. This cabinet is well preserved, except for normal signs of aging, and will wonderfully play after refurbishing.

 

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Welte Feurich Cabinet

Built: 1909
Serial number: 22365
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: ~1,50m

This Welte-Mignon cabinet is housed in blackened oak. It has survived the century in fully original condition - however, it was not always well accommodated, it seems, so that a complete restoration of the system is necessary. Interestingly, the woodworm has been busy at the back of this instrument. This one has been professionally and permanently exorcized in the meantime. The original unpacking and setup instructions are still sticking on the back. The most commonly applied Feurich piano notch is installed into the Welte-Mignon piano, too. The acoustic piano also needs restoration. A splendid original from the early phase of these incredible instruments.

 

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Welte High Cabinet Piano

Built: 1909
Serial number: 21358
Mechanism: Welte T100 (red)
Height: ~1,95m

M. Welte & Sons produced this high upright Welte-Mignon piano in the era of ca. 1906-1910. Rare enough to fin such a model. Most of them are equipped with a Steinway piano inside as they had been offered to the American market. This one here is equipped with a Feurich piano inside - the only one we know of so far. The piano and the reproducing mechanism is very well preserved. After a restoration this will be a piano magnifique.

 

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