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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / "Flower head" screws replacement
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:14:51 AM »
My tech just screwed up those even if I warned him about this.

I know, VV sells those, $18 is not cheap but fair... Add international shipping and we have $54 plus taxes. What would you guys use (instead)?

It was sold. I pushed too hard  ::)

Anyway I would have bought it just to fix and sell back.

Thank you.


They sent a video, they had said piano worked but truth is the amp doesn't, not much info, they say they don't know. And a leg is broken also. General shape is OK but definitely not a beauty queen. Could be a fuse, a blown up amp, or even there's no amp at all inside. I wonder how they ended up with such piano in Europe, they're not even musicians.

So they asked for 400€ ($450). Do you think its still a good deal?

I offered 300€ because this is 650 miles from home, they said they have another guy offering 400€ but they willing to sell to whoever comes first. I can wait for him not to show up, but who knows...


VV's speakers but in Europe, 108.9 euros. Shipping is 8.5 euros.

Total including taxes and shipping to Spain is 124,57€ = = $139,39

Definitely not cheap, way better though... They didn't state those are Vintagevibe's either.

Vintagevibe $65 a pair... Not cheap, but not bad... BUT...

+ shipping to Spain $99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF?!?

The problem here is, import charges are calculated including shipping cost, so...

$164 + 3% import taxes + 21% VAT + customs agent payment, makes this around:

$270 total. A single pair of speakers. Yeah. Really.

any speaker from 4-16 ohms should be fine

Really? I wouldn't risk blowing up my amp, but if you say so, I trust you. About the resistors, please elaborate  :)

I've checked back on vintagevibe and kenrichsound sites and I've noticed magnet piece is way bigger on vintagevibe ones. To my (un)knowledge this may translate to louder output? I don't see them very overpriced and I think it may be worth buying them, but shipping + import taxes breaks the deal.

Thank you.

I don't need them to be exact replacement as long as I can get them fitted to the existing holes.

I know about vintagevibe, retrolinear... They sell replacements but they're very expensive, I'm looking for cheaper alternatives or anything I can get on a local store, but then I need measures and technical details I don't have.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.


There's one currently listed on eBay UK. Asking £5000 = $6500.

May I understand $800 is a good deal for European market? Maybe they're crazy and it would never sell for such amount or anything close.

Yes Im in Spain, and they asked 730€

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Current 2019 value for a 270 baby grand
« on: March 27, 2019, 10:14:19 AM »
I was offered a decent one in fair condition, with a good price I think, but I already have too many pianos so I will only take this one if its a hell of a good deal. I already have a 200A which I love.

So, what price would you expect in current market value? In Europe this things are usually more expensive than overseas in the USA.

Thank you.

...which might be my 2nd choice, though shipping is expensive also... Looks like an easy and definitive replacement and there are many good reviews, if I can't fix this amp this may be the way to go. But my first option is fixing the stock amp, I like to keep vintage gear stock whenever its possible

Ok, so I've checked vv sell those amp refurb kits at $106, it doesn't seem quite cheap but the whole deal breaker is the shipping costs, com'on guys $98 for a little lightweight box of mini-parts!! It wouldn't cost $5 to ship...

So I'll have to locate such parts myself locally... A specific list of required parts to be replaced would help, if anyone already done this before

Do you mean its supossed to sound like this? If I replace the electrolytics may I achieve some improvement?

Thank you guys!

I like the tone, its just some kind of distortion coming out of the amp -I mean its not present on line out, but just headphones & speakers- besides some level of noise I think I should somewhat improve. Such an instrument just deserves the best. I didn't mean to do this myself, I'm taking this to someone experienced in electronics -finding someone experienced in wurlies is just impossible in my area- and he insist those parts meet their tolerances and should not be exchanged just because of age. He will do whatever I ask him anyway… I just want to know what should I ask him to change and where to get those parts from

Sound I get from the PhoneOut/Speakers:

As I'm getting clean output from the line out, I guess the preamp has to be OK, isn't it?

Im plaining a major restoration of my 40 years old 200A amp, so Im here to ask you guys, wich parts are prone to failure due to their age, and which ones are mandatory to get replaced on every amp to be properly serviced?

Thanks in advance!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Req: Technical specs of peterson eq
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:28:27 AM »
I need those for a project, I mean frequency & gain range for each knob, did anyone here make a proper measurement and would like to share detailed info? otherwise I will have to measure myself, and I don't have the proper equipment for such task

Thank you guys!

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: 200A hum Problems
« on: March 10, 2014, 01:44:36 PM »
Are those side ground wires supossed to be stock on every 200A? They're not present on mine, may I simply make those connections or may I mess it up doing this myself? I know nothing about electronics and last time I put a soldering iron on my wurly I ended up with a burnt amp...

I don't like the nord rhodes samples, they don't sound convincing to me, so may I ask, which ones do you prefer?

I have a nord electro 2 rack, so I couldn't load any newer and bigger samples, though I still have a few to choose from, but...

The MKI sounds dull, velocity is way too hard so you have to strike the keys really hard to make it sound close to my real rhodes, being this the one that gets any closer.
MKI Suitcase is way too bright, besides they went mad abusing bark on the lower end. Same goes to MKV which sounds thin.

I very much prefer the Mr.Ray73 VSTi, which runs great on my v-machine, so I'm about to dump the nord.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Channel is gone, please help
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:32:45 PM »
Took both power amps & main to a tech, I'll keep posting. Thank you.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Channel is gone, please help
« on: November 11, 2013, 02:15:27 PM »
I've just turn on my suitcase and all of a sudden a channel is no longer working.

I've a peterson 4 pin. I've had problems before with the headphone jack but this time it isn't the same. It's not the preamp I guess. I have plugged my guitar to the amp and I only have input/output on left channel wile the preamp is unplugged. That nails it down to the cabinet, but thats as far as I can reach myself.

So, what are the most common reasons for a channel to die, what do I have to check/replace to fix it?
Thank you

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Tuning The Mighty Rhodes
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:45:17 AM »
Others may differ, but streetch tunning a rhodes is pointless because its own nature, not being an acoustic instrument it couldnt show inharmonicity, lets say all the sounds come from the very same spacial location -the speaker- so there couldn't be a different perception of frecuencies because of a different placement of the "strings". Being that said, some people strech tunes rhodes just to match any other instrument on stage.

I use cleartune on the iphone, there are many other, you'd be impressed how accurate it is for a tunning application on a "phone".

Cool! Pictures please!!

For Sale / Re: Beware of this one...
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:21:43 PM »
He's just doing business, I don't think he's trying to scam, just he's not as freak as we are to know such things from a picture...

Besides none of you seem to really know what it gets to purchase a -not even decent- rhodes "overseas".

He's making money because most USA sellers refuse to deal with buyers from any other country. If there were more friendly sellers he would't, and i'd love to see this happening. Meanwhile i'd be grateful to him for being the only option available for some of us.

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: 8-Pin Mod
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:09:46 AM »
Seems lime they lost the cable, before vintagevibe and such it was hard to find a proper replacement for those then it would be easier replacing the slot instead

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Re-Tipping questions
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:51:31 AM »
I'll use an iron, go easy on temperature

Rhodes action is quite simple, you can figure out things for yourself, I never said its going to be easy or cheap but it seems like an early one... hybrid hammers, wooden harp supports, fully skirted keycaps.... If I ever find one of those I'll do my best to get it fixed. After all, fixing such things yourself is what this forum is all about

Needless to say, if seller lied about the piano condition go and set a claim, ebay usually protects the buyer

How much did him charge for the rhodes?

Seems like a good one... Worth the hassle for sure

Trash your MPC, this would make your rhodes sound better  ;D  ;D  ;D

Welcome aboard!

Ep's are great instruments themselves, but I wouldn't recomend using those for practicing piano, there are great -and way cheaper, lighter, more reliable- electronic pianos designed for such purpose.

If money isn't a problem go get some kawai mp series. On the low budget there are some cheap korg pianos (sp-250) with an impressive touch for the price range.

Anyhow, make sure you *actually* test them properly before making a decission

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