Author Topic: Feasibility of Wurlitzer 200A Self-Repair  (Read 87 times)

Offline Sumoru Maunten

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Feasibility of Wurlitzer 200A Self-Repair
« on: May 30, 2021, 09:22:48 AM »
This is my Wurlitzer 200A Piano:

As you can see from the video, my 200A has a number of serious problems and is only marginally playable.

I am a lawyer, which is to say I have no background in electronics or piano repair.  Are the problems as shown in the video I recorded problems that a person like me could learn to fix on his own, or would you recommend hiring a professional to fix them? 

If I were to go about trying to fix those problems on my own, where would I start?  I am not even sure what tools I would need to buy.

My goal would try to get the piano to a state of playability for under $1,000, if possible.  My YouTube channel has publicly listed recordings of the type of music that I play.  I suppose I'd be willing to go up to $1,500 if need be, but I certainly don't want to spend more than $2,000 for the whole project. 

Offline Alan Lenhoff

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Re: Feasibility of Wurlitzer 200A Self-Repair
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2021, 01:27:04 PM »
Here's a good first step that doesn't require any electronic skills or tools: The crackling sound is often the result of dust or dirt between the reeds and the pickups.  Sometimes you can dislodge little particles by simply banging gently on the keys. But you should also very carefully and completely vacuum the interior of the piano, especially around the reeds. You can also use a powerful flashlight to try to find particles between the reeds and the pickups, but it's likely some will be too small to see.

See if this makes a difference.

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