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We have bulbs in-stock if you still require a set. GE Brand. Guaranteed proper fit and function.
Shoot an email to  I can pop a set into the mail for you asap ;)

Good luck ;)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« on: September 15, 2015, 03:44:39 PM »
Nice Max!! Thank you for doing the comparison :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Strikeline issue
« on: January 07, 2015, 08:08:41 PM »
dude! get back to work!

Ben, Congrats on the new biz!  Nice to see that Signature 3 knob- Retrolinear wurli-amp/vari-vib setup on the blue wurli! Good arsenal of gear too :)


The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Warneck ep200a amp on the way
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:01:05 PM »
I don't know about that... IMHO is that if you change the amp in a 140B, it will alter the sound too much. That amp has a distinct sound... even though its low powered, it has it's own charm.

No worries Steveo  ::), Tim nailed those 200/a series amps and vari-vibs dead on! Surely he'll nail the 140 amp too (which is a work in progress)

Cinnamonrolli,  thanks for the kind words :)

I have some more variable speed vibrato vids to post up, stay tuned!

call Tim over at Retrolinear, their hammer tips are spot on!  Tell them Albert (Al)  sent you over ;)

good luck!!!

We do manufacture hammer tips, But! only for pianos which date 1976 or prior that utilize square /non profiled style hammer tips.
A great deal of time, research and work was put into producing these tips accurately. Tim tested several batches to refine the recipe to perfection.



The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Need 200A whip assembly
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:58:55 PM »
Check your pm's


Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Moog Modular Restoration
« on: September 08, 2014, 06:16:15 PM »
We've recently completed restoring a Moog Modular Analog Synth (a modified system 55).
Just as a teaser we've uploaded a short clip for everyone's enjoyment, we have some additional footage to compile and upload, Tim runs through patching, modules etc and how to dial them in from a general perspective!

video here:
some after shots here in our gallery (bottom of page)  >>

Much more to come!


The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Retro Linear Wurlitzer Parts
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:24:00 PM »
Hi Mike,
Does the Retrolinear Warneck amp include the preamp board as an all in one board?
OR Is it normal to replace the preamp board as well when adding the Warneck board for amp/his/buzz problems?
Hope you can clarify.Thanks for your help.

The WR amp boards replace all internal electronics minus the transformer, pots, jacks etc. The small preamp board is no longer required with the installation.
We are working on installation videos, keep an eye out for them on our website & youtube channel.


We have posted a few times in regard to wurli amp rebuilds- and I'll re-post again :)
Rebuilding is virtually pointless.. It's understandable that everybody wants to save some coin. BUT the original amps are problematic in any state, original or rebuilt or even re-issued.  The architecture of the amp is the problem,the hiss, ground loop buzz and all the other associated issues wont be resolved by putting new components into the original boards..

Tim's Board (RetroLinear) is a complete redesign which addresses the issues while maintaining proper vibrato, voicing, and E.Q. curve..
Our boards are built using the best components available, each board is hand stuffed,soldered and assembled in the U.S.A. @ RetroLinear, then individually tested. Our Q.C. process is very thorough.

Timpotent, That board pic is an older rev of our 200a board.
our current production 200a boards are blue.

The 200 amp kit also comes with reed bar shields to address any additional grounding noise.

Here are some demos :)

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Update:
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:12:41 PM »
We would like to give a big Thank You to everyone here for the support and kind words :)

A few updates going on here at the shop! We have parts for purchase on the site under the web store / wuriltzer parts section.
 And we've expanded the VariVib design for the 140B model :)

Great to hear your local :) Give us a call and make a trip over :)

We added "buy now" buttons on our parts today, and added all the wurli parts we currently offer onto 1 page ;)

Mike Norton

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / re: 206.
« on: November 16, 2013, 01:31:54 AM »
Restoring original wurli amps is really a futile process-
Please- I know some folks here may scold me for saying such things. hear me out.

After you get done removing the amp & desoldering all the old components
Then spending 2 hours on your parts website of choice to "add to cart" all the parts needed for rebuild
Then soldering in new parts
Then reinstalling the amp
You've easily consumed a day to rebuild an amp that will still be noisy and plagued with problems- even rebuilt.
The original design of the amp itself is dated by today's standards.
Even with new components the original amps STILL produce a great deal of hiss and random snap,crackle and pops as its circuit architecture is inferior.
I cannot emphasize this enough, we've had numerous customers and various techs comment on rebuilding and they all say the same thing. "its a headache I'll replace the amp!"

As for your 206. Our amp board will drop right onto the amp rail without any problems.  The installation is a breeze. All you need is a screwdriver, pair of cutters, wire stripper , small slot screwdriver and a phillips- NO SOLDERING NECESSARY.. We also offer support for installation over the phone free of charge, you can upgrade the 206 wurli in the matter of less than an hour and have something very reliable that sounds killer. We can also walk you through how to do the heaphone jack output and our board has a line out as well which defeats the speakers onboard the piano giving you a noise free line out for amps/house/pa.. Our vari-vib option comes with a new faceplate and knob if you decide to go that route.

Tim has had me installing Warneck 200/200A amps on our restored wurlis for about a year now and I cannot express how quiet and well our boards sound- you can't even tell its on, till you play the piano.. Yes your saying He works there of course, but honestly- ours sounds great, Tim did a stellar job on the design of the amp while retaining the original wurli voicing and proper vibrato spot on.

If your looking to get the best possible upgrade for your 200 series check out our board and Varivib setup :)  Good luck! Keep us posted!

Take a listen :)

Mike Nortron

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: A Trio of Steely Dan Rhodes 88's
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:15:09 PM »
here is another vid with Grace.

Those piano's are stored up in New York so who knows how Herbie ended up with Donald's piano, I would guestimate the know each other and have crossed paths in the past ;) (note if they haven't, collaboration hint!!!)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: A Trio of Steely Dan Rhodes 88's
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:11:55 PM »
That Herbie Hancock & Josh Groban performance is from 2008, it is Grace as she was from Ken Rich initially, prior to any reworks.

SD takes all 3 with them! I think that and something like 40 guitar amps I hear :)

Thanks for the kind words!!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / A Trio of Steely Dan Rhodes 88's
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:32:40 PM »
All three of Donald Fagen's Rhodes pianos were sent into Retrolinear for preparation of the upcoming Steely Dan tour.
We wanted to share how they came out  :) Each piano has differences in feel and tonality (Personally I'm partial to Lucy but all three certainly sound amazing)

Lucy underwent a full restoration, there was a litany of issues with the piano itself and the amplifier required a total overhaul.
We have some of the nitty gritty details on our site and a before video!!!.aspx
Grace and Wilma were also restored by us here, but at an earlier date so they only required some minor adjustments.

It took sometime to sort footage and edit, but without any further delay, Grace,Wilma & Lucy.
BIG Thank you to Scott Coulter for coming and doing his thing for us.

We recorded with a Pair of Neumann KM184 mics on the front speakers of each Suitcase bottom. The mics ran into small Yahama mixer with the main outs patched into the audio/aux in of the Zoom Q3HD Hd video camera. Added a hint of Reverb. No compression, totally 100% flat eq- unaltered recording.




The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Grommets and screws
« on: August 07, 2012, 02:29:17 PM »
Hey folks just a quick update.  Retrolinear is now offering Grommets & Screws for Rhodes electric pianos. Dealer pricing is available and at a considerable discount for your rebuilds. And we'll do bulk pricing if you want to stock up on supplies. Our replacement grommets are produced under the most strict attention to detail!  The dimensions and profile are 100% matched to the originals for exact fitment. Most important our grommets density/hardness is spot on to the original grommets insuring the same voicing, sustain & durability. Retrolinear grommets will not split,crack, dryout or pancake during installation and you can be rest assured they're the best replacement grommets & screws on the market. Our screws are the correct length, taper & shoulder profile which makes installation a headache free operation. 

For more details please contact
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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer Reeds
« on: August 01, 2012, 05:11:50 PM »
Forgot to mention. We're also offering these at Dealer Pricing so if your a repair shop and want to get the Best reeds on the market for your vintage wurli's shoot us a call!!!

We would like to thank the EP forum for allowing to promote our products here!   Updated 7/11/2018

Our latest Wurlitzer part!  "WEP-OB1" (Wurlitzer electric piano Outlet board 1) $25.00 standalone, or available with our amplifier bundles.
Replaces those old and corroded output jacks!  Quick and easy solder-less terminal block installation. High quality Amphenol® 1/4" isolating jacks eliminate ground loops and maintain signal integrity.  Direct drop-in installation for all 200 and 200A Series Wurlitzer electric pianos.   These can also be used for converting Student and Console 203, 206 pianos.

CTS Replacement swithced volume pots for 200 and 200A pianos equipped with RetroLinear / Warneck Research amplifiers.

Currently wurli product line consists of
· Knobs, Faceplates, Jewels
· Amplifier Boards (200 / 200A series)
· VariVib Variable vibrato modules (200 / 200A series)

New production 200 series  knobs- Painstakingly recreated down to every last detail!
Features: Tight fitting internal spring, rigid abs knob with durable chrome coating & aluminum insert/scrim.

Warneck Research EP200 Amplifier Kit:
Each replacement amplifier board is designed to reproduce the sound and characteristics of the original Model 200 amplifier - only without all the noise.
The new amp employs low noise circuit and layout techniques. When installed with the included reed bar shields to minimize 60Hz hum, the performance is unmatched. It even outperforms fully restored 200A amplifiers! Terminal blocks allow easy installation without the need to solder. Features include exact reproduction of the EQ curve and sound shaping characteristics of a properly restored original 200 series amplifier; authentic vibrato; very low noise; an improved power amplifier; user-selectable variable or fixed line-out configuration; drop-in replacement and solder-free installation.

Our demo vid:
more info here:

Also available is the 200A Amplifier kit:
Includes: Amp, Pickup cable, grounding cable, hole plug , zip ties, detailed instructions

Warneck Research VariVib variable vibrato:
Variable Speed Vibrato Upgrade for your Wurlitzer Model 200, 200A, or 140B Piano. Designed to work with the Warneck Research EP200 & 200a amplifier board as well as with the stock Wurlitzer 200A or 140B amplifiers, the Warneck Research VariVib variable speed vibrato upgrade features exact reproduction of the original style vibrato waveform, linear variable speed control (approximately 1Hz to 15Hz), and simple 3-wire installation! Included with the VariVib are a mounting bracket, new mirror-finish faceplate, and knob. The VariVib extends the expressive range of your Wurlitzer piano with variable speed vibrato, easily adjusted with knob control.

Mirror finish aluminum 3 hole faceplate for the Varivib.
Demo of the Warneck Research Varivib-

We offer all of our products at a discount to dealers as well!
Take your restorations & projects to the next level.

Mike Norton
RetroLinear, inc.

We have Ken's Sustain mechanism here at the retrolinear shop along with some of Ken's other products. Last week I was shooting some photos of the sustain mech and Wurli pedal-  Its absolutely well made, I've not tried it installed into a rhodes yet but with the Wurlitzer 200 sustain pedal attached you can feel its a solid upgrade from the original expanding sustain pedal rod/pedal setup. Plus if you want your sustain pedal off center it can do that! And Ken's Wurlitzer pedal itself is absolutely a top shelf item- The quality of the metalwork, rubber grip surface, billet aluminum sustain stop collar is tops, its nice to see folks still doing Good Fit & Finish work!

Thanks -
Mike, Retrolinear .Inc

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Hello from Retrolinear
« on: June 09, 2012, 03:38:47 PM »
Hello back at you Mike.  So glad Tim is starting to get the word out. He may be one of the best kept secrets in the vintage keyboard world, although hopefully not for long.  For any and every Rhodes enthusiast, Tim does great work.  I took an instrument in that could barley be called a keyboard, let alone a Rhodes and Tim gave me back an instrument worthy of any Rhodes player.

One thing, he DID promise me a t-shirt once he got his business up and running. (And I will gladly pay for it!)

Anyway, if you need Rhodes services (or Hammond, Wurly, etc.) check out Retrolinear and Tim.


Hi Paul
We are working on the t-shirts!!! I have a few different versions in the works and we should have them soon along with some other Retrolinear swag :)
I'll also have some more videos done shortly it takes time between restoration then video editing everything together. Were doing a Hammond RT-3 repair before/after series & we also have a Red top wurlitzer in the shop at the moment which Tim did this "thing" to it, the redtop will have a video as well. It was a rare occasion, we had all 4 Wurli 200 colors in the shop last week! Black, Tan, Red & Green, usually its just black,tan, tan, tan, black, tan etc heh...
I had to take a moment to snap a few pics. The pics came out great, I'm going to size them in a bunch of resolutions so folks can use them as wall papers if they like!

Those were just a few of the shots I took. They came out great and there is a bunch more :D

Thanks for all the kind words


Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re:
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:09:20 PM »
Thanks for the nice words  8)
Corner and tolex finishing is tedious. The best results come through with good technique and surface preparation. Allot of re-tolexed instruments are done wrong, this specific rhodes was one of them, in the before video you can see they just used elmers glue or something like that on the edges to hold down the tolex or whatever it was... You have to strip the old tolex, sand the wood smooth, de-gunk it where necessary - then keep some tension when putting the new tolex on and use the proper adhesive to get the tolex flush with no air bubbles.. Then your corners seat nicely - it can be a time consuming process but it's worth it!

The  Rhodes with the nice corners can be seen in our 2 part before & after video series.

You can see & hear the difference. Here is the after vid

and the before vid.

I've only been with Retrolinear a short amount of time and I'm primarily a guitarist, but after a few of these "before and after" situations ,the difference in sound is night and day. I have the Highest respect for Tim's ability to make a Rhodes sound its absolute best and he does it stock! no extra bells and whistles.... Voodoo magic heh..
The proof is in the pudding :)

Thanks again.
Mike Norton

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Hello from Retrolinear
« on: June 01, 2012, 03:33:15 PM »
Greetings EP forum members. Wasn't sure where to post the  "Hello I am the new guy" thread- figured this would be a good spot :)
Anyways. I'm working with Tim and the crew at retrolinear. Primarily I do the website and make vids and some other general whatnot.
We are in a growing state and have lots of cool products in the works! (stay tuned) its an exciting time! We recently released our new website and were trying to make some cool videos for everyones enjoyment featuring our work and products. 

check us out at>>>
our youtube channel is located here>>>

Mike Norton

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