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General => The Wurlitzer Electric Piano => Topic started by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 06:34:23 AM

Title: More Questions on Dating a 200A
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 06:34:23 AM
Hello folks--

Forgive me if this information is already readily available, for if it is, I've not been able to find it. I am trying to date the year of my Wurlitzer 200A, serial number 123XXXL.  So I get that the "L" stands for assembly at the Logan, Utah plant, but does the fact that the first number is a "1" mean that the piano was made in 1981? Or does that particular date code only apply to pianos made earlier? Does anyone know when Wurlitzer started using the logo on the back of the piano? (Which mine does not have, for which I'm grateful, because it looks gaudy to me.)

Last thing, I got my first Wurly brand new in the Fall of 1977 during my freshmen year of high school. Does anyone know what they listed for back then? I think I remember what my dad paid, but I'm not 100%.

Thanks, everybody!
Title: Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
Post by: cinnanon on December 14, 2018, 01:01:01 PM
This thread should give you a starting point.  The serial number does not really have anything to do with it. It will give you a general timeframe, but it is not numerically related to any dates. There are many places under the hood which give more accurate timeframes.

https://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=6837.msg53546#msg53546
Title: Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 03:37:00 PM
Thank you for the reply. I explored the link you attached but couldn't find anything pertinent (at least serial number-wise) to my model. That particular link seemed to mostly focus on older Wurlys. I will, however, open the Wurly up to try and find additional date clues. In the meantime, is there anyone out there who knows the year of their Wurly that has a serial number near mine? I'd settle for a ballpark estimate at this stage.  Thanks!
Title: Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 03:54:31 PM
I did discover this quotes from a previous thread: "...with a serial number that high, 129394L, would have been from around 1978-79. (#106563L is from August 1976, and 133952L is from August 8, 1979)."

This makes me think mine (serial number 123XXX) may have been made in 1977, which would be really cool because that was the year I got my first one while a freshman in high school.

If anyone else can shed additional light I'd be grateful!
Title: Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
Post by: cinnanon on December 14, 2018, 05:53:56 PM
So there actually is good information in that thread but i'll summarize.  There are a bunch of places to get dates inside the wurlitzer.  On the keys is a date code.  First digit is the last digit of the year (i.e. 70304192 is 1977).  2nd and third digits of that number are the month, and 4th and 5th digits are the day. The example would be March 4, 1977.  There is also a number stamped on the back of the action on the treble side.  Same format.  The transformer also has an EIA format code from which you can tell the date. The pots also have date codes. The large black chip on the amplifier has a date code.
Title: Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 07:47:36 PM
Thanks for all your help. When I check those dates I’ll post my results. Again, much obliged!