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Custom Shop: “Champagne Cowboy” Rhodes

Here is a glimpse of the latest Custom Shop Rhodes from The Chicago Electric Piano Company: Did we finally go over the top with this one?

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This one will certainly turn some heads! We dubbed this finish with the nickname “Champagne Cowboy” because of it’s champagne sparkle top and brown western tolex. On top of that we outfitted the piano with walnut cheek blocks.

This Fender Rhodes is from 1973, right in the heart of the early Fender Rhodes production period. We restored the piano with our “Rebirth” level of restoration services, virtually rebuilding the piano from scratch. Throughout the process we leveled the key bed and set the proper black key height, replaced all action felts and aging rubber components such as the grommets and hammer tips. Our goal was to keep the sound of the Rhodes as true to the sound of the 1973 production period by using only period-correct vintage parts and top quality reproduction parts that bring out the early Rhodes’ signature sound.

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FOR SALE: Red Wurlitzer 200 Eletric Piano

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s the latest from our custom shop:

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We restored this stunning vintage instrument with with our “Rebirth” level of restoration services including a number of custom shop upgrades. The red finish is a custom paint job which is a perfect match to the original Red Wurlitzer 200’s. It and the base were re-painted to capture the original look of on of the coolest Wurlitzer finishes ever produced. In addition, we re-capped the white and black keys with new tops adding to the new mint finish. Along with the new set of chrome legs this thing looks like brand new–and it plays like it is too!

Internally, the instrument was restored with our full detailed restoration services. 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.

The original alnico speakers are in great condition giving classic warmth to the instrument’s internal voice. The amplifier was upgraded with the Warneck Research EP200 amplifier and variable vibrato, which have excellent tone and an amazing noise floor for recording and professional performance. –As you’ve come to expect from our custom restorations, this piano sounds and plays as good as it looks! 

Sound samples coming soon and are available on request. Feel free to message us with any questions.

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FOR SALE: Custom White Wurlitzer 214A

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

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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:

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$4,999 plus shipping. Worldwide shipping is available. Please contact max@chicagoelectricpiano.com for ordering information.

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!

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[Update: This piano has sold. If you are interested in a similar piano we can restore one for you! Please contact max@chicagoelectricpiano.com 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:

 

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

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!

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[Update: This piano has sold. If you are interested in a similar piano we can restore one for you! Please contact max@chicagoelectricpiano.com 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:

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Additional Vibrato Demo:

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

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: Wurlitzer 206A Restored to Order

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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.

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.

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Click image to open the .pdf of the manual.

Wurlitzer Model 110 Amplifier Schematic

Hohner Clavinet D6: “Rebirth” Restoration

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

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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!

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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 max@chicagoelectricpiano.com 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

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Clavinet D6 Top View

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Clavinet Damper Arm Adjustment

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If are looking for a fully restored Clavinet please contact max@chicagoelectricpiano.com 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.