Just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s the latest from our custom shop:
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.
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:
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 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.
You can find “Lucky No. 7” listed on Reverb.com or you can request any of the other 11 Wurlitzers to be restored to order by contacting Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here’s a look at the latest from our custom shop: Kesha’s Custom Psychedelic Wurlitzer 200.
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.
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