None of the links lead to any images. Weltklang has been around for a long, long time. They existed for most of their life on the East German side of the border. They are now part of the morph which became B & S, and prior to the war and the division of Germany, there are indications that the people which eventually worked there had been part of other brasswind/woodwind studios of the '20's-'30's.
I think the brand suffers from a bit of stereotyping by the West; the sort of feeling that anything produced in an East Bloc country was sh#t (same for the low reputation of Czech horns).
This is a shame because, really...up until their last decade of production in the '80's, Weltklangs appear to have always been very solidly built, huge-sounding horns. Very German in tone a' la Keilwerth, Kohlert, etc.
I have had a dozen come through here and currently have 3 Tenors and a couple of Sopranos. The Sopranos, IMHO, never had quality issues...they are flat-out solid and a hecka under-radar sleeper of a small horn in all respects. I always stock 'em because people are looking for an inexpensive Soprano which isn't a piece of garbage and doesn't sound like nails across the blackboard....and these sound simply gorgeous and feel quite fine.
The Tenors and Altos tended to be better the older they get, with the final 80's round being only so-so; while some '60's/'70's ones we have had have been flat-out Monsters.
Fair to say that the knock against them is their keywork and ergos could be a bit clunky. Again, I feel you cannot generalize that. I (having had the luxury of several here at a time) say: not really on the older ones; once set up and dialed in by a good tech, they play and feel as well as any vintage player...but more so on the later ones; when construction quality and specs seems to have tailed off and there are construction inconsistencies in those late ones...it is said that the ergos of their Tenors aren't great for small handed-people. I cannot speak to that one way or the other; but there seems to be no such issue on the smaller horns.
You are a new member, so I cannot PM you yet, but if you like...I can send you a PDF of Weltklang serial #'s so you can figure out the era it is from...either that, or get those pic links working.
e-mail me [email protected]
if you'd like that file.
You can post pics here on this very thread, too....and NOT have to post a link to another web location; by going to the reply window, clicking "advanced" below it, then under the next window scroll down and click "attachments" to upload them to the thread.