Wurlitzer piano dating
Wurlitzer piano dating
Lid of the 120 is metal instead of wood (a built-in hum shield).Some have same whip assembly as 112A, but design revised in 1959 [Vintage Vibe]. On a very early one (Jan 1957), low damper arms have heavy springs, switching to successively lighter gauges starting around middle C.
[says Fred, true of some 111's too.] Piano sits on a table with wrought-iron legs. The body has changed, and now the action is accessible from the top, instead of sliding out the front.Or were there odd gaps in the 112 serial number ranges, which the 112A filled in? topic=7900.0 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Wurlitzer_Elec_Piano/conversations/topics/11874 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Wurlitzer_Elec_Piano/conversations/messages/11892Photographic evidence suggests this is the Wurli Ray Charles used on 1959 hit "What'd I Say." Specifically, one of the 1958 variants with a Rorschach-blot/jigsaw look to the music stand.And why the "P" designation at the end of some serial numbers? (Early ones have a "picket fence" style music stand.) Pratt-Read Action. Regulating action ("feel") requires a special tool.Pedal mounts not on right side, but on bottom, behind middle E and F, for the first time.These and 120 series are arguably even more complex/ difficult to regulate than earlier actions. In short, this is a briefly available hybrid of the 112 (amp, reeds, basic look of the exterior) and the upcoming 120 (same pedal, and similar, not same, action).A heavy lead brick, bolted over top 8 reed screws for improved sustain, is not shown in manual, but exists on instruments by at least March 1956. Of course, they are fantastic once they have been serviced.
They will never have the feel of a post-1961 model, and this should not be expected of them. The sound and feel are unique, though, and this can be appealing. A radical physical revision, which deserved more than the mere "A" appended to its model number.
"The 111 is essentially a 112, with the 110 amplifier." [Fred Di Leone, EP forum] The lead treble sustain brick of later 1950s models is found on some of these- not all of them, and not sequentially by serial number.
Still sits on table with wrought iron legs, matching bench.
Not mentioned in most Wurlitzer literature--not even in the "reed compatibility" memos. "The 110 slides out of the case for servicing, as the top is fixed.
Photo shows wrought iron legs (dif from those on 110) and a music stand that spans the whole instrument and attaches on the sides. The handle is also on the back, so the keys point down when carried as a suitcase." [Fred Di Leone, EP Forum] "Auxiliary pedal" mentioned only in action-removing instructions of manual, seemingly an afterthought (p.8); Some pix, not all, showing a right-side hole where it would go.
No instruments are showing up between serial #'s 1105 (a model 700), but from dates of existing instruments, they are probably out there.