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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Anyone who can answer questions about a Wurlitzer electronic piano?

Hal G.
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Hi, I'm an ampoholic. Hi Hal!
Sep 1st, 2009 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got one at a garage sale. It works, but the highest octave or so have much less volume than the lower keys. The highest key sticks when you hit it. Also the action overall is not very good. It does however sound great and the vibrato works. If I wanted to run through an amp, am I supposed to use the headphone jack? All I get is a loud buzz- maybe a jack problem. How do I take the top off to access the insides? Thanks for any hhelp you can provide- I've played guitar for 40+ years but this is my first electric piano.

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Colorado Front Range

Sep 10th, 2009 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

It has been so long since I had an old Wurli. I bought mine in about 1963 and gave it away in 1972. There is a pic of it in this link.

If there is only one jack, then that is the one for the amp. You'll probably need some keyboard tech work on it. Probably lots of dust in the jack. Could be tube problems too.

About getting inside, I recall there were just some screws around the top. Maybe yours is a later "improved" model with something else.

My biggest problem in the old days was tuning the reeds by adding solder or filing them off. Otherwise it seemed indestructable as I hauled it around the Midwest for years. Great sound. Good luck.

Old Wurli on tour

(This message was last edited by Old at 02:43 PM, Sep 10th, 2009)



you want me to play where?
Sep 11th, 2009 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, to have all those amps NOW! I remember the old wurly's sucked for astion, even new (:

Hal G.
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Hi, I'm an ampoholic. Hi Hal!
Sep 12th, 2009 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the replies. Mine is somewhat newer than the one in the photo. I think I'm going to have to take it apart to access the jacks. There are 2 - the headphone jack buzzes, the other jack has almost no output- I have to put a 60 watt amp wide open and it is just a little louder than the Wurlitzer's built in amp. JBLTwin1- how bad was the action? I can play this one OK as I just pound away with my three finger chords,but my wife who can actually play the piano says the action sucks.

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