Until a few days ago I did not know that H.A. Weymann & Son made violins. Then I had a reader send me in some photos of their Weymann violin with a label clearly stating, “Manufactured by Weymann & Son”.
I do believe if Weymann’s say on the label they are the makers, then they are. If not, at the very least, it would have left them open to criticism by their competitors. Also, if the instrument has a serial number that fits into their sequencing then that is added confirmation it is Weymann made (they sold other instruments they did not make and those did not carry the distinctive gold decal label or a serial number). Continue reading “WEYMANN VIOLINS”→
I want to thank Michael Wright for putting together all these addresses in Philadelphia that either the members of the Weymann family, or the Weymann business (H.A. Weymann & Son) occupied through the years.
I’m hoping, over time, we can add photos of the buildings if they still exist today. Michael has started going around to see what is still standing, but this is difficult in these times of Covid 19. We’re open to receiving photos from anyone who would like to contribute😊.
First of all just a quick list of family members relating to the business, H.A. Weymann & Son, that are mentioned below (yes, it can be very confusing!):
Henry Arnold (H.A.) Weymann (1829-1892)– Founder of H.A. Weymann and Son. Harry William (H.W.)Weymann (1866-1930) – Son of H.A. Weymann and main driver of the company after his father died. William A. Weymann (1869-1918) – Another son of H.A. Weymann who worked for and who had shares in the business. Albert Conrad Weymann (1874-1953) – Another son of H.A. Weymann who worked for and and who had shares in the business. Harry Power Weymann (1889- ) – A son of William A. Weymann (3rd generation).
I believe this guitar (on the left of the photo) is a good example of a H.A. Weymann & Son’s attitude to their craft . Many guitars, especially in the early 1900’s appear to be one-off instruments, this could well be one of those. This experimentation and innovation of the company, and attention to detail, is why I like this company.
Any early 20th Century 12 string guitar is very rare, a Weymann 12 string even more so.
A reader, Tom Giachero, registered this guitar on my WEYMANN INSTRUMENT REGISTER and graciously provided photos for this post. It is only one of two Weymann 12 String guitars known to exist. The other one is owned by British 12 string guitarist, Paul Brett (YouTube link to that guitar further into this post).
There’s a bit of work needed to bring this guitar to prime playing condition, which Tom plans to do over time. Some more photos (click on first image and scroll through):
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When I first bought a H. A. Weymann & Son guitar, there was very little known about the maker. One of the reasons for my site is to bring to light and preserve as much as I can about the Weymann Company.
I’m having a Weymann post blitz at the moment to get as much up about the company and clear out some of my files on the computer. So, for the Weymann geeks and history nuts out there this post features a magazine article about H. A. Weymann & Son published in 1929. It tells a lot about the company in 1929, when the Great Depression and the death of the principal driving force behind the company were both looming. I’m preserving the article here for posterity!
Written in April 1929, in the Musical Merchandise magazine, the entire article reads:
Continuing with featuring another readers’ Weymann guitar, I present this instrument owned by Neil Reck, Weymann aficionado and a collector of Weymann quality guitars. The latest addition to his stable is this Weymann guitar style 870:
In the words of Neil, it is as “exactly as described in the catalogue and is a powerhouse of a OM guitar.”
Johnny Depp owns a Weymann ‘f’ sound-hole guitar, and he played it briefly in a YouTube clip he made with Paul McCartney in a recording of Paul’s song, My Valentine (YouTube link below with Johnny Depp deaf language signing lyrics to McCartney’s song). When Paul McCartney first saw the guitar, he said “that’s a good-looking guitar, with those ‘f’ holes there’s something romantic about it.” And that’s true, these vintage Weymann ‘f’ hole guitars have a certain ‘mystique’ about them. They are valued highly by their owners and rarely do they come up for sale.
H. A. Weymann & Son was a different type of wholesaler because they had a very stable and large retail outlet to augment the production from their workshop. They produced many different designs of guitars, often in small runs, but I suspect they also made guitars to order, or to satisfy the creativity of their crafts people. Consequently, the variety of their guitar styles never ceases to amaze.
I have photos of various Weymann guitars I want to feature in individual posts. I’m going to start with this guitar owned by a very nice lady, Judy Freeman, who has given me permission to share photos and information about her guitar. Whether this is a one-off instrument or a limited run, I guess we’ll only know if another turns up: