FOR SALE: Custom White Wurlitzer 214A

Here’s the latest from our Custom Shop: The White Wurlitzer 214A–upgraded to eleven!


Here’s the latest stunning White Wurlitzer with our complete Custom Shop and “Rebirth” restoration services. This Custom White Wurlitzer is based off of the cosmetic design that was chosen by Jeff Tweedy for his custom 206A at the Wilco Loft. The design received such a great response that we decided to repeat it with this 214A along with a few other cosmetic and electronic upgrades.

As you’ve come to expect from our custom restorations, this piano sounds and plays even better than it looks! The key bed was completely leveled with all the sharps set to the proper height. And all action assembly springs and felts were replaced before regulation in order to get this thing playing at full dynamic potential!

We also upgraded the electronics in this piano with a Retro Linear EP200A amplifier and its deep variable vibrato. These amplifiers really bring out the best of the Wurlitzer’s tone with a lower noise floor and much more clarity in the lows and mids. The lows sound tremendous through the 214A speaker base! –And you are going to love the deep range of the tremolo along with speed control on the third knob! (Sound samples coming soon)

New key tops always look stunning on a cosmetic restoration and especially when you’re working with white. In order to make the white really pop on this custom restoration we replaced all of the white key tops and sharps. You can see a preview of the before-and-after here:

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Sound samples coming soon! Until then have a closer look at this stunning restoration:















$4,999 plus shipping. Worldwide shipping is available. Please contact for ordering information.

Custom Shop: The Black and Brown Suitcase

There goes another stunning custom Rhodes!

Have a look at the “Black and Brown” Rhodes Suitcase:
















FOR SALE: 1975 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73

Up for sale is this gorgeous Rhodes Mark I Stage 73:


This Rhodes is from one of my personal favorite periods of Rhodes production in late 1975. During this period, the name Fender was dropped from the Rhodes branding but this period still has Torrington tines and cubed hammer tips that are essential to the “Fender Rhodes” production period. (This is similar to Silverface amplifiers that have Blackface parts if you are familiar with that crossover in production).

Cosmetically this Rhodes is nearly impeccable. The rear Rhodes logo was replaced with a reproduction and there are a couple of very small tolex tears that were glued to prevent any further fraying. The voice of the piano was fully restored with Retro Linear tone bar grommets and the original hammer tips were left in this piano to keep true to the original sound of the instrument. –Have a listen to the sound sample below!

As you have come to expect with our custom restorations, this Rhodes piano sounds and plays even better than it looks! The piano’s action was completely regulated with a leveled key bed. Action felts were replaced and a “pedestal bump” was added to give the Rhodes ideal dynamic response.

Have a listen:











This piano can be yours for $3,299. Worldwide shipping is available. For ordering please contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or

A Rhodes Reborn!

Here’s the latest beauty from our workshop: 1975 Rhodes Mark I Suitcase 73.


This beauty could have been yours but someone fell in love with it before we even had a chance to apply its new tolex! It’s not too surprising since this Rhodes is from one of our favorite eras of Rhodes production. This Rhodes originally came from a school and besides the tolex being torn up it was in incredible condition internally when it came in. (And the good news is we have a few more Rhodes from this classroom set if you are interested…)

As you have come to expect from our fully restored pianos we started with a complete leveling of the key bed and action setup. From there, all aging rubber and felt components were replaced or treated in order to make sure that this piano plays and sounds just like new. We source only the top quality parts for our restorations from a variety of parts suppliers as well as our collection of vintage parts. In the end, our pianos get a detailed restoration process that leaves them playing and sounding better than when they left the Rhodes factory–and ready for another 40 musical years. 

If you are interested in a completely restored Fender Rhodes piano please contact We have a large inventory of pianos that are in the restoration process and would love to help you find just the sound that you are looking for!















Fender Bandmaster and Mark I Restoration

How about this for a dream rig? ? ?


There goes an amazing pairing from our workshop! We just wrapped up a complete “Rebirth” services restoration on this 1972 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73 and all new tolex and grill cloth on its Fender Bandmaster and 2×12″ extension cabinet. As always we promise that it sounds even better than it looks!

When this Rhodes walked in the door it looked like it could really tell a story from all the wear and tear. The case of the Rhodes came in with unbelievably torn tolex and a botched DIY repair. Someone had previously patched the tolex with new pieces and an unknown glue that gave us a hell of a time to clean up off the wooden cabinet. The lid was cracked and scratched, and cheek blocks had cigarette burns on them, but luckily the key tops were in pretty good shape.

We started the restoration with a complete leveling and regulation of the key bed and upgraded the key pedestal with the “pedestal bump” that was used in later Rhodes production giving it a more dynamic and expressive touch. The difference was night and day with the swampy action that it came in with.

Under the hood we replaced the tone bar grommets and the hammer tips with reproductions produced by Retro Linear. We find their grommets to be the best for bringing the sustain and bark back to the harp. Their cubed hammer tip sets capture the feel and the sound of the early Fender Rhodes era of this Rhodes and we wanted to stay as true to that sound as possible.

The lid and cheek blocks were replaced with a “Black Diamond” fiberglass sparkle top from Vintage Vibe. Up close and especially under stage lighting these lids really pop! This was the icing on the cake.

In addition to the new tolex on the Bandmaster, the speakers were also re-coned and a new rear baffle for the speaker cabinet needed to be cut. This cabinet contains a pair of JBL D120F speakers and they sound terrific!
















Custom Shop: Baby Blue Wurlitzer 206A

Here’s the latest custom Wurlitzer from our workshop: The Baby Blue Wurli 206A!


Here’s the latest Custom Shop Wurlitzer restoration from our workshop. This Wurlitzer was restored from a very mint Classroom 206A set and finished in baby blue with white accents.

One of the subtle details for this restoration was using a 203W speaker baffle that allowed us to remove the 206A’s shelf. The 203W’s speaker baffle also gave a nice accent across the bottom of the speaker base. The aluminum pedal and feet were also polished and buffed to give this beauty as much shine as possible.

As you have come to expect from our restorations this beauty sounds and plays as good as it looks! We completely leveled the key bed, replaced all springs and action felts, regulated the action and key travel, and dialed in the amplifier to bring out the best of the classic Wurlitzer tone that we all know and love!

If you are interested in a piece like this we have more Wurlitzer 206A’s that are in need of a good home or studio. These models are usually picked up in near-mint condition since they spend most of their life in a University or school. Many of them come out of storage spaces where they have sat untouched for decades. They may be more cumbersome than a 200A for gigging, but in the studio or for home use the speaker base a 206A blows the internal speakers of a 200A out of the water!

–Please contact or (312)476-9528 for inventory availability and customization options.















…Don’t to check out our Custom “Blue Sky” Sparkle Rhodes that is currently for sale! They made a hell of a pair at the workshop–along with a custom baby blue Fender Jazz Bass by our friends at Chicago Fret Works!





FOR SALE: Mark II Suitcase 88

Up for sale! We just completed a detailed restoration of this beautiful 1980 Mark II Suitcase 88 and now it’s time to find it a new home!


[Update: This piano has sold. If you are interested in a similar piano we can restore one for you! Please contact for more information]

We just wrapped up a complete restoration on this 1980 Mark II Suitcase 88. It’s in incredibly clean condition and even has the music stand! (The music stand is where all the classic MKII tone comes from)… This Rhodes is missing the top case so let’s find it a good studio to call home!

As you have come to expect from our restorations this Rhodes sounds and plays even better than it looks! We replaced all aging action felts and regulated the action with a detailed key bed leveling. All aging tone bar grommets were replaced with Retro Linear grommets and hammer tips with Vintage Vibe’s tapered tips that bring out the most of the classic Mark II tone. The amplifier was re-capped, biased, and all pots were opened for cleaning. This beauty is an excellent example of a Mark II piano sounding at its best!

Please enjoy the sound sample as you enjoy the pictures below:













$3,499 — Please contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or for ordering information. Worldwide shipping is available.

FOR SALE: Rhodes Piano Bass

UP FOR SALE! It doesn’t get much cooler than a Rhodes Piano Bass!IMG_1658

We just completed a complete restoration of this gorgeous 1979 Rhodes Piano Bass. The bass was in impeccably clean condition internally and we re-finished the tolex for the mint cosmetic finish that it deserves. The key bed was leveled and the action was dialed in with new action felts and setup for ideal dynamics. All grommets were replaced with Retro Linear parts and cubed hammer tips were added to give it that Fender Rhodes era attack that we just can’t get enough of!

This may be the cleanest one we have ever had for sale! Enjoy these sound samples while you have a look at this beauty:

Chameleon Demo:

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This Rhodes Paino Bass can be yours for $2,999. Worldwide shipping is available. For ordering information please contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or


FOR SALE: Custom “Sea Foam” Rhodes Stage 73

Here’s another beautiful Custom Rhodes from our Custom Shop! Surfs Up!


Another Custom Shop Rhodes restoration up for sale! This 1975 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73 was restored with custom Sea Foam Green tolex, cream lid and sustain pedal, and our signature wooden cheek blocks in natural oak. The Rhodes is from early 1975, which is one of our favorite periods of production, and has wonderfully warm bass, smooth mids, and sparkly treble. This period is great for that quintessential Rhodes bark that we all know and love!

As you have come to expect with our custom restorations, this Rhodes sounds even better than it looks! Action and voice have been overhauled featuring new tonebar grommets, pedestal bump action setup, and a complete key bed leveling and regulation. The hammer tips are original vintage cubed tips, and have been replaced or rotated as needed to ensure even tone across the keyboard. The tone bars and harp frame were re-plated in Zinc Chromate for a shiny mint finish under the hood. The piano has “Fender” era wooden harp supports and plastic-wood hybrid hammers.

Another fun note on this piano is that it comes from the crossover period when Fender dropped it’s name from the Rhodes brand. The harp has “Fender Rhodes” logos but all exterior logos are “Rhodes” logos. All the parts were still the same as the “Fender Rhodes” production period for the next several years but the crossover logos are only found for a small window of production in late ’74 through early ’75.

Have a look and a listen to this one-of-a-kind:


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This custom Rhodes can be yours for $4,499. Worldwide shipping is available. Contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or for ordering information.

FOR SALE: Custom “Blue Sky Sparkle” Rhodes Suitcase 73

Here’s the latest Custom Shop Rhodes from our workshop. This one was upgraded to eleven!


[Update: This piano has sold. If you are interested in a similar piano we can restore one for you! Please contact for more information]

For sale by The Chicago Electric Piano Company is this completely restored and customized Rhodes. It features Carolina Blue tolex, Cane Grill Clothe, a custom fiberglass Sparkle Blue top by Vintage Vibe, our signature handmade wooden cheek blocks, and four new Eminence speakers.

As you’ve come to expect with any CEPCo restoration, this piano has been rebuilt internally to make it sound even better than it looks. New tonebar grommets, fresh graduated hammer tips, dynamic action setup, and a complete keybed level ensure that this Rhodes will keep its mojo for years to come.

All aging electronic components have been replaced and properly biased. This Rhodes also features four new Eminence Legend speakers modeled after the Jensen C12N Speakers used in the original 60’s Rhodes’ Suitcase Cabinet. The new speakers are higher efficiency resulting in a louder and deeper cabinet response. The stereo tremolo is gorgeous! –-Have a listen for yourself:


Additional Vibrato Demo:









This Rhodes can be yours for $5,299. Worldwide shipping is available. Please contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or for ordering information.

Custom Shop: Wurlitzer 106P — Studious Amplifiers Collaboration

Have a look–and listen–to the latest Wurlitzer 106P Restoration from our Custom Shop:


We are excited to announce that this is our first completed collaboration with Studious Amplifiers working on a custom design for an all-tube Wurlitzer amplifier. Our past amplifier designs were based loosely off of a Fender Princeton amplifier design with a push-pull 6V6 power amplifier. The latest design, designed from scratch by Bryant Howe of Studious Amplifiers, makes use of a single ended EL84 power amp and a design and is most closely derived from a more Hi-Fi tube amplifier setups.

Our goal for the amplifier was to make it more versatile than the stock Wurlitzer amplifiers by giving the player a greater range of vibrato and a larger range of tonal variations for the player. The outcome is an amplifier that has great warm and mellow tones, vibrato with variable speed and a deep range of dynamic intensity, and also to drive the amplifier with some wonderful tube grit when cranked up to its limit. It’s very warm and has great clean and gritty tones that we hope players will find inspirational.


We hope you will enjoy the sound samples below through your favorite set of headphones or monitors: 

1a) Clean & Warm DI:

1b) Clean & Warm Amplified:


2a) Clean with Light Vibrato DI:

2b) Clean with Light Vibrato Amplified:


3a) Clean with Heavy Vibrato DI:

3b) Clean with Heavy Vibrato Amplified:


4a) Heavy Overdrive DI:

4b) Heavy Overdrive Amplified: 


Signal “DI:” Wurlitzer 106P > Studious 200T Amp > DI Box > Zoom H6N

Signal “Amplified:” Wurlitzer 106P > Studious 200T Amp > DI Box > Fender Twin Reverb RI > Zoom H6N

Please share your feedback in the comment section below with feedback of these samples. 

…Looking for more Wurlitzer sound samples? You can compare this amplifier with our past push-pull 6V6 design on this previous Wurlitzer 106P restoration.


The 106 requires a level of customization that makes each one a near one-of-a-kind. The main reason for this is because the on board amplification of a stock 106 uses a power supply shared between eight units mounted together. Once they are removed they require a custom solution to bring the individual instruments back to life.

A stock 106 piano also lacks sustain pedal function, which we always insist on installing because it brings out even more of the resonance of the 106’s thin reed bar rail. This requires a deal of detailed work but is well worth all of the extra effort.

–In the end, each 106 comes out with it’s own unique setup and once again this one is currently a one-of-a-kind! 


For this restoration we used Ken Rich Sound Services reproduction chrome legs and sustain pedals. The pair have proven to be the most durable and best looking reproduction Wurlitzer legs and pedal currently available. These are one of the last of Ken’s set and we are anxiously awaiting his next production with a new manufacturer!









Thanks again to all of the extra design work by Bryant Howe with Studious Amplifiers. We hope that you’ll check out his hand wired guitar amplifiers!



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Custom Shop: White Wurltizer 200A*

I’m Dreaming of a White (Wurli) Christmas…

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Here’s the latest custom Wurlitzer from our custom shop: The White Wurlitzer 200A.

This Wurlitzer 200A was a conversion from a Classroom Wurlitzer 206A piano set that we acquired earlier this year. The classroom pianos make great candidates for customization because they are usually in excellent condition internally due to lighter use (although that may not always be the case). We added the classic 200A vibrato circuitry and a reproduction 200A face plate to finish it all off. Have a look here:

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FOR SALE: Rhodes “Silver Satellite” Janus I

[Update: This Rhodes is sold]

Here is the latest from our Custom Shop: The Rhodes Mark I “Silver Satellite” 73

Rhodes Janus I For Sale at CEPCo

FOR SALE: $4,799 and ships worldwide. Contact us for ordering information and financing options.

Here is a truly rare breed! This is the Janus I speaker system custom designed for the Rhodes Janus preamplifier. It features a stereo 2×12″ ported speaker cabinet that takes full advantage of the Rhodes’ signature stereo tremolo circuitry. The ported cabinet design has wonderful bass response and you sure don’t see too many of these special speaker cabinets around!

This Custom Shop Rhodes and Janus I cabinet was refinished in Silver tolex in addition to a never-owned NOS Mark I flat top lid that was sold as an upgrade for the Mark I after the Mark II was introduced. We used Marshall style piping as an accent around the speaker baffle and a tight weave black grill cloth that accented the modern stylings of the Rhodes.

Given the Janus I, custom cosmetics, and especially the NOS Flat Top for the Mark I (that was only sold by Rhodes for a few years) this Rhodes is going to be a one of a kind from our shop.

Have a listen to these two sound samples as you enjoy the pictures below!

Sample 1: Janus I Tremolo

Sample 2: Soft/Normal

Sample 3: Forte

Rhodes Janus I Silver

Rhodes Janus I Silver

Rhodes Janus I Back Silver

Rhodes Mark I Silver Back Logo

The Janus I system is a 100W stereo speaker cabinet that brings out the Rhodes’ signature stereo vibrato through a vertically mounted 2×12″ speaker cabinet. It features a ported cabinet that has great bass response and was tailored for the Rhodes piano and Janus Preamplifier. They were sold individually 2×12″ or as pairs which can be used in stereo master/slave sets in a 200W 4×12″ setting.

This Rhodes is for sale directly by contacting us or through our store on Shipping is available worldwide. We are also happy to announce that financing payment plans are available through purchases. Please contact us for more information!

Rhodes Janus I For Sale at CEPCo

For Sale: Wurlitzer 206A Restored to Order

ROTATED 206A Photo

Here comes another set of Wurlitzer student models through our workshop for restoration! We recently acquired a full classroom set of Wurlitzer 206A pianos from a local music school that no longer had room for the electro-mechanical instruments. If you are not familiar with the model 206A it is an identical instrument to the 200A with a larger speaker bass. They are ideal models for recording studios or they can be easily converted to 200A specifications with reproduction legs and sustain pedals.

For a complete list of our inventory of pianos currently being restored click here.


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We understand that the tan or beige finish doesn’t immediately seem very rock and roll but in fact these pianos look great under colorful stage lighting. They are also ideal candidates for custom cosmetics and we have used 206A for the custom White Wilco Loft Wurlitzer and Kesha’s Psychedlic Wurlitzer.


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Base Price: $2,799

Base Price Includes:

  • Complete Key Bed Leveling Including Setting Black Key Height
  • Regulation of Key Travel Distance
  • Replaced Fly Springs and Fly Felts in Action Assembly
  • Complete Regulation of the Action Assembly
  • Re-cap of the Amplifier Electrolytic Capacitors
  • 200A style vibrato is installed (unless otherwise requested)
  • Low Noise Preamp Transistors and Output Amp Transistors
  • Complete Tuning and Voicing Setup

Common Upgrades: (Contact for Quote)

  • Warneck Research EP200A Amplifier
  • Speaker Upgrades (Alnico is common upgrade for warmth in mids and bass)
  • Custom Cosmetics (painted lid/tolex & grill cloth)
  • Conversion to 200A “Chop”

If you check back in frequently with our blog then you may find these pianos familiar from a previous posting following our first round of service with the pianos. We kept these pianos in great tuning and regulation for the past several years so we can say with confidence that they are ideal candidates for restoration. You can see their debut post here.

For Sale: 1973 Fender Rhodes Stage 88

For Sale: 1973 Fender Rhodes Stage 88

Fully Restored and Ships Worldwide!


Here’s a quick showcase of one of our favorite stage models right now. This is a fully restored 1973 Fender Rhodes Stage 88 including new tolex giving it a mint condition look. The piano is from early 1973 which is right in the heart of the classic Fender Rhodes or early Mark I tone that everyone knows and loves. Along with the deep thumping bass of the full 88 key set This piano has the quintessential Rhodes bark that the Mark I is known for! (Sound samples below).

For a complete list of our inventory of pianos currently being restored click here.

This Fender Rhodes piano was restored using Retro Linear Grommets and Cubed hammer tips which we have found to by the best quality and the most true to the original sound of the Fender Rhodes production era. The action and key bed are fully setup and play wonderfully. The tolex was replaced and looks like new while keeping the original hardware and logos for that element of “elegant decay.” (New hardware or logos are available at the same price if you prefer)

Have a listen as you enjoy the pictures below:












This piano can be yours for $3,599 and ships worldwide. Please contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or for ordering information.

***Free delivery to Minnesota or Wisconsin with in person setup for the Thanksgiving weekend***

Wurlitzer 110 Manual and Schematic

–Gotta love that 1950’s space-age Wurlitzer atomic logo!

Here is a rare look at the original Wurlitzer manual for the near-prototype 110! Until now we were only aware of the 112 service manual and assumed that the 110 probably didn’t have a manual since it was only produced for such a limited lifespan. We’re happy to have it in our collection of original artifacts and we would like to share a copy of the .pdf with anyone else who will benefit from having it. A copy of the 110 schematic is also available as a .jpeg.

Click the cover image below to open a .pdf copy of the manual.

Wurlitzer 110_Service manual Cover

Click image to open the .pdf of the manual.

Wurlitzer Model 110 Amplifier Schematic

Original Pricing for Hohner Clavinet and Pianet

Suggested Retail Pricing List for Hohner Musical Instruments 1971 & 1973

We recently acquired a copy of the original pricing lists for Hohner Musical instruments which included the suggested retail pricing lists for their electric pianos plus some fun marketing materials used to promote them. The pricing included the original list price for the Clavinet D6, C, and Pianet N.


Note: Adjusted for inflation (using the bureau of Labor Statistics CPI Calculator) in terms of purchasing power the 1973 Clavinet D6 sold for a suggested retail rate approximately $4,552 in today’s dollars!


Here are the Suggested Retail Price Lists for the Hohner which include the Clavinet and Pianet in 1971 and 1973:

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Clavinet Pricing 1


Clavinet Pricing 2


Click here for a related article where we explore How the Clavinet Tone Controls Work.

Hohner Clavinet D6: “Rebirth” Restoration

An Overview of The Chicago Electric Piano Company’s Clavinet Restoration Service

Hohner Clavinet D6 Logo and Latch

Clavinet CEPCo Brick Logo & Case

Wow! Cosmetically this is THE most mint Clavinet that has ever passed through the workshop! This Hohner Clavinet D6 must have spent most of its life packed up in a safe place. And now after receiving our “Rebirth” services this thing is playing and sounding better than ever! –Scroll down to have a glimpse of the pictures below!

Hohner Clavinet D6 with Legs Full View

Hohner Clavinet Back Full View

This Clavinet was restored with what would fall under our “Rebirth” Clavinet Services with all new hammer tips, strings, electronic servicing, and a complete detailed setup. Through the restoration process each key was removed individually for cleaning and a thorough setup for the proper key travel and an articulate percussive attack. We used our favorite hammer tips and strings from Ken Rich Sound Services, which have proven to be hands-down the top quality of all the Clavinet parts available. This D6 now delivers all the percussive attack and tone you want from a Clavinet.

Clavinet Strings and Yarn

Clavinet Strings and Yarn by The Chicago Electric Piano Company

Clavinet Damper Arm

Clavinet Hammer Tips by Ken Rich Sound Services

Clavinet Strings and Pickups

The D6’s amplifier is notoriously noisy and we service all our amps to reduce this noise without interfering with the classic tone that we all know and love about the D6. Then an enclosure of copper shielding is formed around the amplifier that helps reduce any interference noise picked up by the amplifier. From our experience many of the hiss reduction techniques suggested on youtube videos, forums, and sold as “Hiss Reduction Kits” suggest implementing techniques that negatively affect the tone of the amplifier. That is because these techniques use low pass filtering techniques that overly impacts the tone of the amp. These filtering techniques are not necessary with the right knowledge of how the D6 amplifier is supposed to be setup.

Clavinet D6 Copper Amplifier Shielding

Clavinet D6 Amplifier Shielding and Low Noise Hiss Reduction

These days there aren’t too many Clavinets that still have their original legs and latches. And the wood and tolex were also in immaculate shape. It was a pleasure to come across this instrument and it sold on our waiting list before we even had a chance to list it for sale.

If are looking for a fully restored Clavinet please contact and we will help you track down a Clavinet to meet your budget. All instruments are appraised based on the model, cosmetic condition, and their overall condition.

Clavinet Case and Legs

Clavinet D6 Back Logo and Wood Top

Clavinet D6 Top View

Clavinet D6 Control Panel

Clavinet d6 Faceplate Logo

Hohner Clavinet Control Panel

Clavinet D6 Faceplate Closeup

Clavinet Damper Arm Adjustment

Clavinet Damper Arm

Hohner Clavinet D6 Pickup and Damper

Clavinet d6 Keys Closeup


Hohner Clavinet D6 at Chicago Electric Piano

Hohner Clavinet D6 Back View Lid Open

Hohner Clavinet Logo Closeup

If are looking for a fully restored Clavinet please contact and we will help you track down a Clavinet to meet your budgetAll instruments are appraised based on the model, cosmetic condition, and their overall condition.


Custom Shop: Custom Silver “Low A” Piano Bass

Here is the latest from our custom shop: The Custom Silver “Low A” Fender Rhodes Piano Bass.

CEPCO Custom Silver Rhodes Piano Bass

This key set was modified to play down to low A like the 88 key Rhodes key set rather than the low E from the 73 key set that usually punctuates the deepest end of the Piano Bass. The Piano Bass was refinished cosmetically with silver tolex and fully setup from top to bottom by hand. And with the low A this Piano Bass rumbles!


Custom 88 Key Piano Bass Low A Rhodes

88 Piano Bass Tone Bars Fender Rhodes



The installation of the deeper key set was intensive and required modifying parts from a vintage 88 key Rhodes. The key bed was cut down and routed to fit with the former key bed with a mortise and tenon joint just as the Rhodes key beds were originally manufactured. (See Below)

Mortise and Tenon Key Bed

And the list of modifications doesn’t end there… Once the key bed was installed in alignment with the hammers the strike line and escapement height of the harp was set. This is done by setting the alignment of the harp and harp supports and also shimming the height for final find tuning. The pickups also needed to be re-soldered for the piano bass ~5.7ohm impedance level. In the end, the entire Piano Bass was practically re-built by hand from top to bottom!

Custom Silver Rhodes Piano Bass

Custom Fender Rhodes Bass Piano

Piano Bass Closeup

Custom Rhodes Piano Bass

Low A Piano Bass Custom Fender Rhodes



Stunning, right? When this Rhodes came into our shop the original tolex was in complete tatters! Since the piano is going to be hitting the road we decided to install protective corner hardware that was originally absent from the Piano Bass case design. We also installed a “Fender Rhodes” script logo for just an extra flair.

Piano Bass Ripped Tolex Before

Rhodes Piano Bass Top Case Silver



Does anyone else get the impression that this Rhodes is trying to stay hip to the silver hair dues that are currently in vogue?


Rhodes Bass Case Top

Fender Rhodes Piano Bass Tolex

Fender Rhodes Piano Bass Logo

CEPCO Custom Silver Rhodes Piano Bass

Custom Shop: The Tweed Copper Top Rhodes

Chicago Electric Piano Company Custom Tweed Rhodes

Here’s the latest from our custom shop: The “Tweed Copper Top” Rhodes. This was a late 1971 Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano that we refinished in tweed with a few other cosmetic customizations. The replacement copper fiberglass lid was contracted through Vintage Vibe in New Jersey with similar construction to the Sparkletop Fender Rhodes of the 1960’s. Once again we finished off the restoration with a pair of satin cheek blocks using oak and giving it a deep honey stain.

The Piano itself is full restored with new rubber tone bar grommets and hammer tips developed by Retro Linear that restored the harp and hammers while maintaining the early 1970’s sound characteristics. The key bed was fully leveled and regulated and plays wonderfully.

This Rhodes has the classic “Return to Forever” sparkle in the treble and deep warm bass characteristic of pianos from the early 1970’s. Have a listen here:

This Rhodes is currently for sale and if you are interested please contact Max Brink at for ordering information.

Here are some closer looks at the instrument:

Custom Fender Rhodes Case Top by CEPCo

Fender Rhodes Tweed Top Case

Custom Fender Rhodes Front

Custom Fender Rhodes by Chicago Electric Piano Company

Fender Rhodes Knobs 1971 Tweed Sparkle

Rhodes Seventy Three Script Logo on Tweed Sparkle Top

Vintage Vibe Fiberglass Sparkle


Oak Wood Cheek Blocks with Knobs on Fender Rhodes

Honey Oak Cheek Blocks

Fender Rhodes 1971 Tone Bars

Fender Rhodes Tweed Sparkle Top

Chicago Electric Piano Company Custom Tweed Rhodes

Clavinet Schematic Updated

Clavinet E7 and D6 Wiring Translated by The Chicago Electric Piano Company

Over the years we grew tired of attempting to remember the English translations for the German Clavinet schematics. Here are updated schematic files with English translations which are also the only publicly available schematic to show the proper pickup switching for the A/B and C/B pickup switches. I hope that you will find these translations and notations helpful.

For more information about the Clavinet Tone Controls please visit our previous post “Understanding the Clavinet Tone Controls”.

Clavinet D6 Schematic

Clavinet E7 Schematic



Note: There are slight variations on some Clavinets’ preamplifiers from what is noted in these schematics. The most common is finding 15nF capacitors in place of 10uF capacitors as noted by the schematic. The difference is subtle but the 15uF will establish a lower cutoff filter frequency.

Custom Shop: 1971 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 73

Here is the latest Custom Restore Fender Rhodes from the workshop:

Ira Rhodes With Logo

The most recent Fender Rhodes piano to leave out custom shop is this fully restored 1971 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 73. The piano was restored to the original black tolex with silver grill cloth and upgraded to custom walnut cheek blocks capping off the ends of the keys. The tone bars were also re-plated with a thin layer of the original zinc chromate finish which gives this period of Fender Rhodes iridescent zinc finish. Have a look:











Another upgrade for this Rhodes is that it features a set of four vintage 12″ Utah speakers. (You may have already noticed the metal dust covers). The speakers belonged to the owner of the Rhodes and were re-coned by our friend Mick at J&J Speaker Repair. The metal dust covers that add a hidden flare to the suitcase–and they sound incredible! 


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…And as always we promise that it sounds even better than it looks!


Custom Shop: 106P Restoration Comparison

We recently finished a restoration on another pair of Wurlitzer 106P pianos for Jeff Tweedy. Each one of the three so far is a near one of a kind with custom sustain installations and custom amplifiers. For an in depth look of our previous restoration check out the first 106P tube “high gain” 106P here.

In this second round of restoration we dialed back the high gain 12ax7 preamp design in favor of a lower gain 12au7. This allowed for a more balanced output at all volume levels and we were very pleased. The power amplifier is still the same push-pull 6V6 design with bias based tube tremolo. We restored the third with a Warneck Research EP200 amplifier which is solid state amplifier designed by Tim Warneck at Retro Linear. His amplifier provides amazing tone with an incredibly low noise floor and a deep variable tremolo unit. –Have a listen to both as you check out the pictures below!

106P with Custom Hand-Wired CEPCo Tube Amplifier:

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106P with Warneck Research:

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Understanding the Clavinet Tone Controls

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How do the Clavinet Controls Work?

Players are often confused about the controls of the Clavinet, and rely on ‘guess and check’ methods to find a tone they like. Although the names on the switches can be helpful, most instrument owners have little understanding of what the controls are changing within the amplifier circuitry. Below we will describe the functions of the every switch in detail, and give a few hints to remember different settings.

The toggle switches of the Clavinet are separated into two categories: four tone controls on the left and two pickup switches on the right. The pickup switches control different configurations of the pickup wiring before amplification and the tone controls toggle EQ filters within the preamplifier of the instrument.

The Clavinet Tone Controls

The four tone controls of the Clavinet offer a series of high or low pass filters that sculpt the EQ response within the preamplifier. The Brilliant (Scharf) and Treble (Hoch) switch between high pass filters that create the clav’s characteristic twangy and punchy tone. The Medium (Mittel) and Soft (Tief) switches activate circuitry that acts as a low pass filter resulting in mellower, darker tones. Experimenting with different tonal combinations will compound the EQ filtering, giving the player many tonal options.

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Without any tone controls selected the Clavinet should not produce any sound! The tone switches are in the “on” position when the toggle leans towards the player. It is best to test each sound individually to make sure that the tones are discernible from one another. If the instrument produces sound without a tone selected or if the tones are not discernible from one another there is likely a short within the switching circuitry. This is a common issue with Clavinets.

The Clavinet Pickup Controls

The pickup controls are a little less obvious since the pickups are not labeled and the selectors are not very intuitively organized. The Clavinet has two pickups. One is located near the bridge, and the other closer to the hammers. With the C/D toggle the player chooses whether the pickups are used individually (C) or together in parallel (D). The A/B toggle switch then controls the subsets within the two pickup modes, detailed below. A properly setup clav will have a wide range of voices with all four pickup configurations.

Individual (C) Pickup Mode:

With the individual (C) selection the player can select either the rhythm pickup (A) or the bridge/lead pickup (B)

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Individual Pickup Mode (C) Bridge Pickup (B)

–Helpful letter association: remember “B” for Bridge.

The rhythm (A) pickup selection will give the player more bass response with a smoother attack while the bridge/lead (B) pickup will have a punchy attack with more treble in the sustain of the note. When setup properly, both pickups should have the nearly identical volume output across the octaves of the piano. 

Parallel (D) Pickup Mode:

With the Parallel (D) pickup selection the player can select using the pickups either in-phase (A) or out-of-phase (B).

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Parallel (Dual) Pickup Mode (D) In-Phase (A)

–Helpful letter association: remember “D” for Dual Pickups.

The in-phase (A) selection will sound rich and balanced while out-ofphase (B) will sound thinner because the signals of the pickups are working against one another. If these two sounds are not discernible the pickups need to be adjusted.

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Eliminating Clavinet Noise, Hiss, and Interference

Clavinets are notoriously noisy instruments, commonly suffering from radio interference, ground loops, and poor components. Most of the hiss and noise within the Clavinets can be eliminated with proper service of the amplifier. Many of the solutions currently offered online, such as hiss reduction kits, filter out too much high or low end from the EQ of the instrument, resulting in a thin or bland tone. The best approach will not sacrifice the sonic palate produced by the instrument.

For Updated Clavinet Schematics Click Here to View our Follow Up Post

Due to variations in amplifier design, the different Clavinet models have slightly altered tonal characteristics. For example, the Clavinet model C’s gritty sound can be attributed to germanium PNP transistors. The amplifier in the D6 has more gain, resulting in deeper tonal colour–or Klangfarbe as notated on the original German schematic.

If you are experiencing issues with your Clavinet amplifier and would like to restore the classic tone of the instrument contact for shipping instructions to The Chicago Electric Piano Co. 

Zeshan Bagewadi @ CEPCo Warehouse

Friend of the workshop Zeshan Bagewadi stopped by the workshop this past month to record a music video for his song “If Only.” While the track doesn’t feature Zeshan’s restored Wurlitzer 200 I hope you will enjoy his voice and a glimpse of our workshop.

Another one of Zeshan’s videos, “Border Anthems,” a song which juxtaposes the national anthems of India and Pakistan, also features scenes cut in our warehouse space.


Live from #CEPCo: Spare Parts “Loose Cannon”

Live from The Chicago Electric Piano Company: Spare Parts “Loose Cannon.”

Spare Parts dropped back by the warehouse studio to produce another live video featuring Chris Neal on Tenor Sax and Rich Stitzel on Percussion.

Wurlitzer 214A Classroom Pianos for Sale

You don’t see too many classrooms like this one anymore! Here’s a classroom of Wurlitzer 214A pianos, their flagship classroom piano, in a high school in Michigan:

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The school updated their classroom setup with modern digital pianos so that they wouldn’t need to concern themselves with maintenance costs of the vintage mechanical pianos. These 214A high school dropouts are now waiting restoration by The Chicago Electric Piano Company as they are released out into the world to live the rock and roll dream.

Wurlitzer’s 214A electric piano was their flagship classroom piano and featured what I believe is their best built-in speaker compliment to any of their models. The two most common models of student piano are the black 214A (although sometimes it’s green) and the tan 206 or 206A. The main advantages to the 214A is that it has the classic vibrato built into the circuitry, casters so that it can be wheeled around for recording or performing, and the speaker base is larger than the 206 since it does not have a built in shelf or cubby area for headphones. (Click here for our previous 206 Classroom post).

Another huge advantage of classroom model Wurlitzers is that they have seen less moving and handling and are usually kept in temperature controlled classrooms, practice rooms or storage closets. With this foundation they are ideal candidates for restoration and along with the Hammond M3 probably one of the most undervalued instruments that you can pick up on the used market. These are identical pianos mechanically to what you find in the 200A pianos and can even be converted with chrome legs to make them just as gig-worthy. If you don’t need to haul them to a gig, however, these speaker bases sound great and the style is pretty cool too. These are really the ideal Wurlitzer piano for home use or a professional recording studio.

For Sale

*For ordering information please contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528.

The first of the dozen pianos that will be restored is “Lucky No. 7” (nicknamed for the “7” stenciled onto the back of the piano) which was selected for being in the best condition of the group. It is in near mint condition and we have restored it from the key bed up in order to give it our full seal of approval. In this case, we fitted with the Warneck Preamp developed by Tim Warneck of Retro Linear. These amplifiers have an incredibly low noise floor and Tim spent a great deal of time getting the EQ and attach of the amplifier to bring out everything that we know and love about the Wurlitzer’s tone. It features a third knob for the speed control of the vibrato which has a great musical charm with no distortion at slow or fast speeds. These amplifiers are a must have for the studio or professional musician.

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You can find “Lucky No. 7” listed on or you can request any of the other 11 Wurlitzers to be restored to order by contacting Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or

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Custom Shop: Tweed Rhodes Suitcase

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Many people were so blown away from our Tweed Two Tone Rhodes earlier this year that we were quickly contacted to tweed amplifiers and another two Rhodes in the custom finish. This one in particular has the shellac’d finish for the amber shine that we know and love from the classic Fender amps. This gives the tweed a classic aesthetic look and also prevents the tweed from getting stained or from fraying.

This is a 1975 Rhodes Suitcase from the late ’75 period with all plastic hammers. Although this period of production usually takes a little more work to regulate properly the Rhodes can sound and feel just as good as the earlier true Fender Rhodes period. The key to maintaining their classic tone is restoring them with the original cube shaped hammer tips that give them the signature Fender Rhodes attack.

When restoring a Rhodes cosmetically it’s always a tough decision whether or not to use the aging original hardware (corners, handles, logos, etc.) or whether or not to use shiny new hardware. The original hardware maintains the vintage vibes and mojo of the instrument while the new hardware completes the cosmetic overhaul for those that want a brand new finish. In this case the decision was a no brainer… The original Rhodes hardware’s patina and light rust looked way too good with the tweed and amber shellac.


Here’s a look at the Custom Tweed Rhodes:

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Custom Shop: The Navy Blue Rhodes Suitcase

Here’s a look at the latest Rhodes from our Custom Shop: The a Navy and Tan Suitcase from 1976.

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The 1972-1975 period is something that I consider the best era of Rhodes production but 1976 pianos have really grown on me over the course of the past year. Although it takes a little more labor to regulate their action properly the feel and tone of the early 1976 pianos is just as solid as ’74-75 pianos. This is especially true in early 1976 when the neoprene rubber hammer tips used were still the cubed tips that were used in the true Fender Rhodes period of production.

My mother raised me not to wear navy with black but sometimes rules are meant to be broken. And the blue strands in the tan grill cloth really ties the entire look together! Have a look:

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Tweedy “Low Key” (Official Video)

Tweedy just released their latest music video for “Low Key” Directed by Nick Offerman featuring Jon Hodgeman, Mavis Staples, Conan Obrian, and many more–and hey look, there is our Orange Wurlitzer 106P Restoration!



Kesha’s Custom Wurlitzer 200

Here’s a look at the latest from our custom shop: Kesha’s Custom Psychedelic Wurlitzer 200.

Kesha Custom Wurlitzer Faceplate

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This Wurlitzer was fully restored by our workshop rebuilding and regulating the key bed and action assembly so that it is playing better than the day that it left the Wurlitzer factory. The original 200 amplifier was removed and fitted with the Warneck Research EP200 amplifier with a third knob for speed controlled vibrato. As always we promise that it plays and sounds even better than it looks!

The psychedelic paint job was commissioned from friend of the workshop Brendan Luchik.

Photography for this post was provided by Lenny Gilmore.

Live From CEPCo: Spare Parts “Watch Your Step”

More live jazz funk from Spare Parts! This time they were joined by Steve Eisen on flute, Rich Stitzel on percussion and Shane Jonas on trumpet. Check it out!

Custom Shop: The Ivory Fender Rhodes Piano Bass

It doesn’t get much cooler than a Rhodes Piano bass!
Fender Rhodes Piano Bass


Here’s the latest custom built Rhodes in our inventory: The Ivory Fender Rhodes Piano Bass.

This Rhodes is a true one of a kind and was hand assembled by our workshop using the best vintage components. It is a 1969 Fender Rhodes Piano bass lid, body, pickups and harp with 1975 hammers and tines. We selected all of the parts in order to give this piano bass the best warm Rhodes bass tone possible.

This completely restored piano bass is for sale for $2,699 and we promise that it plays and sounds even better than it looks! Just give Max a call at (312)476-9528 for more information.

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Rhodes Piano Bass Tines

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Custom Shop: The Tweed Two-Tone Rhodes Suitcase

Here’s the latest from our custom shop: The Tweed Two-Tone Rhodes Suitcase.


And another emergence of our signature wooden cheek blocks to top it off!


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This Rhodes Suitcase 73 is from the “Golden Tine” era of late ’74 through early ’75 and we knew right away that the tone was going to be absolutely gorgeous even before the restoration process began. These “Golden Tine” pianos are some of our very favorite but are from a very short lived period of Rhodes production that spanned less than a full year. For those who are unfamiliar, changes in Rhodes tines happened almost every other year and noticeably alter the timbre of the Rhodes’ voice from year to year. These changes are analogous to the differences in tone from various gauges and metallurgical makeups of guitar strings or acoustic piano strings. Aside from a pretty straight forward restoration of the Rhodes piano itself we just needed to make sure that this Rhodes looked as good as it sounds!

Have a look for yourself and share what you think on our facebook page. Here’s a look at the Tweed Two-Tone Rhodes:

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Rhodes Tweed Two Tone Top Down View

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Rhodes Tweed Two Tone Back Angle

Rhodes Tweed Two Tone Front Angle WO Case

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…There are more custom Rhodes currently in the works so stay tuned!

If you are interested in restoration services or custom refinishing your Rhodes piano please contact Max at (312)476-9528 or

Live from CEPCo: Rooms “Same to You”

Dan Pierson and his trio, Rooms, stops by The Chicago Electric Piano Company with his recently overhauled tube Wurlitzer 145. Here’s just one take of their intimate live set:

Live From CEPCo: Spare Parts “The Mad Scientist”

Last month Chicago native fusion trio Spare Parts dropped back to our warehouse to brew up some more of their jazz funk. Check out their new tune, “The Mad Scientist:”


Custom Shop: The Orange Rhodes

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Here’s the latest Rhodes to leave our Custom Shop: The Orange Mark II. This Rhodes was inspired by the orange 44 note Wurlitzer 106 and a few vintage guitars with an orange finish. The piano was completely restored by our workshop and as always we promise she sounds even better than she looks!

This beauty is now back at Wilco’s recording loft where we will hopefully hear from it soon!

–Until then, here’s a glimpse of the custom finish:

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Custom Rhodes Mark II

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Vibrating Parts: Geeking Out on the Rhodes Piano


Last month our friends at stopped by the warehouse to talk about Harold Rhodes and the piano that he invented. Here’s a quote on digital pianos from the article and you can read the whole Reverb article here.

‘Who the hell would think that a musical instrument would have vibrating components?’ Of course that’s a great idea! I think keyboardists get robbed having all of these pianos that have weighted action being what’s being sought after and then in the end you don’t get anything more than a digital sample being played depending on the velocity that you strike it with. What a bummer! Electric guitar players get an electric guitar, it’s not something that is made to sound like playing a Stratocaster, it is a Stratocaster.”

-Max Brink

Read the full article here.

Custom Shop: The Lunar Rhodes

Here’s the latest from our Custom Shop: The Lunar Rhodes. Inspired by the white washed look of his Moog Voyager from the limited edition Lunar series, our client wished to recreate the look on his 1972 Fender Rhodes by replacing the cheek blocks and a new ivory tolex finish.

…Here you have it! The Lunar Rhodes:

Lunar Rhodes with Lid

Before we take a closer look at the woodwork let’s take a look at the MiniMoog Lunar Voyager that inspired it all:

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The original plastic cheek blocks are one of our least favorite cosmetic parts of the instrument so we were excited to venture into new territory and replace them with gorgeous new pieces of oak to match the Lunar Moog. Plastic just seems to take away from the more organic nature of a Rhodes and somewhat undermine the craftsmanship that goes into an electro-mechanical instrument. In our opinion, plastic should be used as sparingly as possible on any musical instrument.

In order to achieve the lunar effect we used white washed oak in order to match the pronounced grain and color of the lunar Moog. The wood was then cut down to the exact dimensions of the plastic cheek block then routed with the appropriate edge.

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(–We were lucky enough to work outside on our warehouse’s rear patio on this gorgeous August afternoon.)

And after receiving their white wash finish they were ready to be dropped into the Rhodes:

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Lunar Rhodes Cheek Block

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And we almost forgot to mention the gorgeous ivory tolex that was paired with the lunar cheek blocks…

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Lunar Rhodes with Lid

–More customization on the lid will be done on a future date so stay tuned!

Custom Shop: The Wurlitzer 106P

Check out this little orange beauty from the Wilco Loft! This is the 44 note Wurlitzer 106P Student Piano. Have a look:

Wurlitzer 106 Orange Front Faceplate


The 106P’s were produced around the same time as the 200 era pianos and were sold to classrooms in a set of eight pianos mounted onto a single folding frame that allowed them to be stored without taking up too much floor space. All of the controls were mounted in the middle of the folding frame where a single “mother” amplifier that distributed the power and other controls for the individual pianos. On their own, the pianos cannot be simply removed from the set without expert modification to make them work properly.

Wurlitzer 106P Full Set


Once unfolded the pianos only sit a few feet off of the ground and must have been intended for elementary school use.

A side mounted panel the instructor can control various basic functions of the classroom set.

Wurlitzer 106 Instructor Controls


Under the orange hood of the 106 the action assembly is nearly identical to the 200 series pianos with a few minor differences due to the 44 note reed bar that is unique to the 106. And not just because it is the only Wurlitzer model without 64 notes. Each of the reeds are mounted to a single reed bar that spans the entire piano which is also much lighter than any other Wurlitzer reed bar. The 200 series, and the previous 140/145 series, pianos have two 32 note reed bars split down the middle which severely limits the resonance transferred from one sustaining reed to another located on the other on the other reed bar. Having all of the reeds mounted on the same reed bar allows for more harmonics to be transferred between sustained notes which is one of the most wonderful sonic aspects of this instrument.

Wurlitzer 106 Reed Bar Angle


The other difference is that without serious modification these pianos have no sustain pedal function, which if implemented would only enhance the harmonic characteristics of the reed bar! Because of this, we designed a custom shop sustain pedal that allows this 106 piano to be played with a 200 series sustain pedal to bring the instrument to its absolute fullest musical potential.

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In addition to our custom sustain pedal design the piano needed a replacement amplifier to power its internal speaker which is normally powered by the power supply mounted in the original folding frame… So here is a sneak peek of our soon to be released custom Wurlitzer tube amplifier: 

Wurlitzer Custom Tube Amplifier


There are a few replacement amplifiers currently available for the Wurlitzer and ours is designed to be a breed of its own. Instead of simply trying to improve upon the original Wurlitzer design, which has already been attempted with various degrees of success, we set out to design an amplifier from scratch and emphasize the characteristics that are normally desired from classic vintage amplifiers. This meant designing an amp with tubes, grit, vintage vibrato, and just that certain color and charm. Our goal was to design an amplifier with the inspirational qualities that guitar players find when playing classic vintage amps like a ’50’s Fender Deluxe or early Princetons or bass guitarists plugging into a vintage SVT or Motown’s B-15N.

So began the quest for the cosmic Wurlitzer amp.

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106 Wurlitzer Amp Knobs Variable Vibrato


One of the other unique aspects of our amplifier was that it supplies the reed bar with nearly 300V instead of the typical 75-150V supplied by the other stock and other replacement Wurlitzer amplifiers available. The result is more responsiveness in the reed bar which also delivers higher fidelity.

Wurlitzer Reed Bar Voltage


After experimenting over a year with various circuits implementing different tubes including working with 12AT7’s and 12AU7’s in the preamplifier before the finally fine tuning the 12AX7 to give just the right range of control over the grit and sparkle of the amplifier’s output. And boy does this amplifier have grit and sparkle! It brings the internal Wurlitzer speakers alive in ways that you have never heard! –Truly an inspiration!

The vibrato circuit also uses a 12AX7 and is modeled after the classic Fender Brown Face tremolo circuit. Unlike the original Wurlitzer amplifiers, this gives the tremolo both intensity and speed controls. We also added a tremolo foot-switch on/off switch which allows you to turn the effect on and off without the need to raise a hand or sweep down the intensity control.

…Stay tuned for sound samples and a special offer on our limited addition first run of our new amplifier…


In addition to the Custom Shop work we also restored the piano from the key bed up and voiced each individual note of the piano to bring this electric piano to better than new condition. And ‘amplified’ by the fact that our new tube amp does not have the muddy EQ found in most Wurlitzer amplifiers, which covers up the irregular noises and voicing irregularities, we also spent a considerable amount of our expertise getting the reed’s solder shape just right to avoid any unwanted ghost notes, hissing, or irregular wave forms.

Wurlitzer Reed Pyramid Shape Voicing 200, 106, 145


The importance of forming the proper shape to the solder tip of the Wurlitzer reed is an art form that cannot be overstated. The smallest irregularity, solder tab, or asymmetric imbalance can cause the reed to produce tones that are severely unpleasant. Even from the factory–particularly in the later years of 200A production, but also a commonly overlooked issue with throughout all production years–the quality control of the solder pyramid is not up to par with what is required of a Wurlitzer that is intended for live performance or studio use.

This Wurlitzer was refurbished with the proper craftsmanship and love to bring it to better-than-new condition. In addition to voicing each of the 44 individual reeds, every individual felt and spring was replaced with felts of the perfect thickness to ensure that the instrument can be regulated properly for a buttery-smooth feel and reliable dynamic play. You will have to play one for yourself to believe just how good our Wurlitzers sound and feel!

Wurlitzer Whip Fly Felts

Wurlitzer 106 Whip Fly Felts


The key bed was completely leveled while lowering the black keys and regulated for a uniform 13/32″ across every black and white key.

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Wurlitzer Key Bed

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Wurlitzer 106 Key Bed with Keys Only

Wurlitzer Lost Motion

Wurlitzer Keys and Reed Bar

Wurlitzer Leveled Key Bed 106

Wurlitzer White Key Dip 106

Wurlitzer Black Key Height

Wurlitzer 106 Key Dip


From this foundation, once we built up, leveled, and regulated the key bed from scratch we can begin to perform the same tasks on the action assembly. After carefully selecting the proper thickness felts and springs to refurbish the aging action components we then regulate it for lost motion and let-off to insure that the instrument plays with a reliable and expressive dynamic range.

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This is as close as you can get to a brand new Wurlitzer in 2013. In fact we have taken the craft to a level on this piano where we can confidently say that this Wurlitzer is in better condition than the day that it was born right here in Dekalb, IL in November 1972.

Wurlitzer 106 Date Stamp 1972

Wurlitzer 106P Serial Plate

Wurlitzer 106 Front Orange

Wurlitzer 106 Full Angle View


This one already turned a lot of heads at the warehouse and it will hopefully catch more attention now that it is back home at Wilco’s Loft along with good company. Hopefully we will be hearing from this one again soon!

…One down, seven more to go!