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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Price of 200A When New?
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:36:27 AM »
It is quite possible that the thousand dollars did include the case. It was in the fall of 1977 that my dad bought it for me.

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Price of 200A When New?
« on: December 14, 2018, 10:10:20 PM »
 I’m pretty sure my dad paid at least $1000 for mine which didn’t include tax and didn’t include the case that I got at the same time. I do remember they weren’t cheap! Here are the prices of various Fender Rhodes pianos in 1978. Judging by how expensive they were, I think my memory is probably accurate in regards to the 200A, although they may have been as much is $1200. Seems to me it was in that range. If it was $1000 in 1977 (which I’m 90 percent it was), adjusted for inflation, the 200A would cost $4159(!!) in today’s dollars.

1978
Rhodes Keyboard Instruments
Suggested Retail Price List Effective December 17, 1977

Keyboards

$1595 Suitcase Piano Set, 88 Key
$1425 Suitcase Piano Set, 73 Key
$1145 Mark I Stage Piano, 88 Key
$975 Mark I Stage Piano, 73 Key
$550 Piano Bass, 32 Key

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
« 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!

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Price of 200A When New?
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:58:06 PM »
Howdy,

I received my first Wurly 200A during the Fall of 1977 while I was a freshman in high school. I think I know what my dad paid for it, but does anyone know for sure what these instruments cost when new? Any historical price lists out there? I'd love to know what they sold for new and then use an inflation calculator to see what it would cost in today's dollars. Thanks!

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
« 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!

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: More Questions on Dating a 200A
« 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!

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / More Questions on Dating a 200A
« 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!

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