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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Wurlitzer score!

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Shoot, Winter's over already?
Jun 15th, 2010 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just bought a cherry Wurlitzer 200A electric piano for $40 at St. Vincent De Paul's thrift store in Merrill WI.

Pedal and legs are there, but no bench or music stand.

Two elderly ladies carried it across the parking lot, with legs on and pedal attached, left it at the donation drop off, and drove away.

No one at the store showed any interest in it. Most customers said they'd rather a modern "electric keyboard."

Works perfectly, in great shape, and the only niggle is the vibrato knob has a little scratch in it, so a shot of cleaner is in order.

Now, what to do with it?

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northwest US

Jun 15th, 2010 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

good deal !!! i had one in college (late '70s) ... one fun trick is to plug it into a distortion pedal then into a guitar amp ... you can get it to feedback ala Hendrix ... technically, it is an acoustic instrument with pickups ... they usually go for a few hundred bucls if you can find the right buyer ...

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Connecticut USA

Angular banjoes sound good to me
Jun 15th, 2010 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! If you don’t want to take it home yourself or flip it online, perhaps consider donating it to the music department at a local school. There are plenty of kids out there who can only dream of owning a “modern electric keyboard” someday, and that Wurly just might inspire a young, fledgling musician to learn how to play.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Shoot, Winter's over already?
Jun 15th, 2010 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, For now I'll hang on to it. I ran it through a few amps and pedals and it's a hoot. I looked on Ebay and some vintage keyboard sites that do restorations, (which this doesn't need) and the prices go from about a grand to $3,500.

This one was owned by an old couple and sat in their home. Rare to find one that hasn't been beat to snot in bars and garage bands.

We have a 40th class reunion next year. If our high school rock band does a reunion, this will be a great period correct keyboard.

I play in a couple bands and the keyboard players will likely appreciate it as well.

I know the schools around here, and this would be just an unused relic at any of them. Plus, kids would be too hard on this. It needs a certain amount of care.

crispy goodness

Carolina Norte'

maple syrup beats kwality, every time...
Jun 20th, 2010 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ooo. I'm *quite* jealous. Should've bought one back when they were going for 100 bucks or so. At a grand minimum these days, I'll NEVER own one.


Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Shoot, Winter's over already?
Jun 28th, 2010 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I finally opened this thing up. The insides look like the day it was built. No corrosion, no discoloration, no deterioration, or even dust. It looks like this thing sat in an elderly couple's house for 40-50 years, which it did.

No hint of any wear and tear as would be seen on one that had been schlepped around by a bar band for decades.

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It ain't the arrow, it's the Indian!
Jun 28th, 2010 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great find Steve. I found one at a "junk" store and they were asking $200. I passed it up but should have snagged it.

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Colorado Front Range

Jun 28th, 2010 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats. That was my first band keyboard back in the 60s. Ever see Ray Charles play What'd I Say on it? I think I remember seeing one in the movie "Ray".

Here's a pic I've linked a few times here of our band in '64 with me on the Wurli. Randy Meisner, later of the Eagles, is playing bass in the photo.

Old Wurli in action

(This message was last edited by Old at 09:04 AM, Jun 28th, 2010)

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Youngstown, Ohio

Jul 2nd, 2010 12:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I worked for a while (in 1968) at the Wurlitzer factory in DeKalb, Illinois. Even spent some time on the line where the electric pianos were assembled.

Never bought one, though :-(


Wurlitzer Piano Factory

(This message was last edited by DH at 12:18 AM, Jul 2nd, 2010)

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Snohomish WA USA

Look at Them Beans!
Jul 2nd, 2010 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

My very favorite thrift stores are those St. Vinnies stores. There is a butterfly (like a baby grand) Wurlitzer at one of the stores up here right now. Looks new!

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Shoot, Winter's over already?
Jul 2nd, 2010 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I hit thrift stores, pawnshops, garage sales and flea markets all the time. You never know what you might find. I've found a lot of really great stuff.

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