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Title: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: rossklemz on June 03, 2019, 10:00:28 AM
Hey Board,

Hope this is a kosher way to seek advice, as every forum has their own 'rights and wrongs' about posting, esp. with new threads. I have just taken on my first Wurly project and it is from my understanding one of the harder ones, the 112. Mine is IMO good to very good condition cosmetically, with the action feeling fairly appropriate and the amp just receiving a freshen up. Nice and quiet.

I am however missing 13 reeds. A well regarded professional in your industry suggested to me that this is a donor board due to this and should save myself the headache. I am a professional guitar and amp technician with 10+ years of retail repair experience and do not shy away from a challenge easily and this just seems to be too beautiful of a piece of history to part out, not to mention with what people ask for a fully done up one, it'd prob be unrealistic (financially) for me to pop off for another in the future.

Sell me either way EP Forum, I am all ears. 
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: pianotuner steveo on June 03, 2019, 02:25:19 PM
Keep it! Fix it! When u eventually get the itch to get a 200 series piano, u can sell the 112, but I personally would keep it. I believe VV is selling new reeds to fit the 112?
I used to play a 112 in high school, but I've never owned one. Do u have the pedal?
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: rossklemz on June 03, 2019, 04:02:28 PM
I did get the pedal! I had to glue it back together, but it works.

And ya VV has reeds, just not real budget friendly.

Or I'm cheap. Prob the latter...
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: beginnersluke on June 04, 2019, 08:06:54 AM
It definitely sounds like you should make an effort to get the reeds. (Especially since they're possible to get.)

I mean, if yours is in above average condition, you can be patient and wait for something that is not good for much except parts and use that to fix up yours.

It definitely doesn't make sense to me to turn a generally nice example into a parts piano.

Luke
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: pianotuner steveo on June 04, 2019, 05:01:52 PM
112's are getting harder to find. You could wait a lifetime for a donor to get reeds from.
I would spend the money to get the reeds. You will have a gem when done, and you can always sell the piano all fixed up if you want a more modern version. It will retain its value.
Did you pay a lot for the piano?
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: rossklemz on June 04, 2019, 05:29:33 PM
I was very fortunate to receive the piano for no cost, under the "I wonder what Ross would do with this" clause. It was legit saved at the last minute, at the land fill. Pretty cool story.
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: pianotuner steveo on June 04, 2019, 07:39:00 PM
Then spending the money to buy the reeds would end up costing next to nothing in the long run since the piano was free. I once saved a 120 from the land fill and ended up selling it after fixing.
You may never see another 112. I haven't seen one in over 40 years!
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: Fred on June 06, 2019, 09:40:05 AM
based upon your description, your 112 sounds nothing like a donor, especially on account of missing reeds (a consumable component).
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: DocWurly on June 13, 2019, 10:42:13 PM
Get the new stock Vintage Vibe reeds.

I love Morelock's, I rely on them for any number of things.  But if you order "112 reeds" from them, you will get any random leftover reed they have, and the vast likelihood is that they won't fit.  This is the voice of sad experience.

Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: pianotuner steveo on June 14, 2019, 06:25:37 AM
Morelock's is still in business? Wow. I remember many years ago they told me they didn't have much left.
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: pianotuner steveo on July 11, 2019, 06:32:03 AM
Any updates on this 112?
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: rossklemz on July 15, 2019, 03:16:05 PM
Doc reached out to check in with me, which I really appreciated. Here is what I told him.

I've done everything I think is needed from research, minus replacing the missing reeds and and tuning. Big step yet. I've went through the amp, installed a new power cable, fully disassembled and cleaned the piano and reassembled. Did some minor key leveling and easing and repaired a few broken hammers. It's playing and sounding and feeling really neat.  Prob needs a re felt for the dampers not long after reed replacement. I am however at a standstill right now as I just closed on a new home and am renovating and moving, SO it's gonna be a minute. hahaha.
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: DocWurly on July 16, 2019, 10:07:07 AM
You may want to replace the felts before doing the tuning.  It's easy.

The tuning is HARD on these.  Be in touch before you get into it, I have a few pointers for you that could save you days of work.
Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: Trinity Graves on October 21, 2019, 01:15:36 PM
Hey everyone,

I recently came into a 112 as well. No pedal, stand, legs, or bench... But lucky enough to have all the reeds. It's a really charming keyboard.

In the process of replacing the dampers and key bed felt. The amp will need some love after that, then tuning.

Cosmetically it's worn to the point where its more purple than the tan color. Would it be a mistake to paint this thing? I'm kind of getting the urge to paint it...

There's a lot of oxidization on all the metal, especially the reed bar. the bolts that hold the reeds in place are pretty stuck too. Would it be safe to drench the reed bar in wd-40 to loosen things up? Whats the best way to remove the oxidization from the metal? Other than proper storage, what would be the best way to protect it from oxidizing again?

I'd love to get any pointers from anyone on fixing this thing up, especially the tuning part.

I'm sure I'll have more question to come.

Thanks!



Title: Re: Wurly 112 Opinons.
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 22, 2019, 09:44:35 PM
Absolutely do not spray any type of oil on the reeds. The reed bar pickup uses about 150vdc, and you will short it out if you do this. The reed pickups are not passive like a Rhodes or electric guitars.
You can gently clean the reeds with a qtip with a tiny bit of oil, but if you don't know what you are doing, it may be better to leave them be.