Who's got my Wurli Sustain Pedal?

Started by builder, December 05, 2007, 07:54:53 PM

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builder

I just picked up a 200a (to go along with my 1973 Stage + Janus) m   nhnxvbin wonderful condition for $400 but alas there in no sustain....

I can't stomach the thought of shelling out over 225 dollars for a sustain pedal...
(yeah... I say that now....)

I know evey member of this board has a spare Wurli pedal.

Can you hook a brother up

andi85

You can also take a pedal from a digital piano, drill a hole in it and attach a bicycle brake wire with the special Wurly adapter. Maybe you can even find a broken one - then it's even cheaper. My Wurly has exactly that solution and, although it doesn't look original it plays without troubles.
Tuning instruments makes the band sound thin!

pianotuner steveo

Or,you can find an acoustic piano pedal ,mount it on wood,add a bike cable and a spring...
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

daswans

Or you can just spend the $225 for a quality reproduction pedal and have a complete, intact, working Wurlitzer for $625 total. Hardly a waste of money and well within the bounds of what it's worth.

sean

You don't really need any special "wurly adapter" at the top of the cable.  The threads inside the piano are standard 1/4"-20.  In the US, we just say "Quarter-twenty."  (Quarter inch diameter bolt with twenty threads per inch.)

A common eye bolt works well, and you can get them at any hardware store.
This gif will show you what eye mean:
http://www.boltdepot.com/images/catalog/eye-bolt-bent-wire-with-nut.gif

Tie it to a bike cable, or a guitar cable, or an old shoestring, and you can make a workable sustain pedal.  You only need about 1/4" of downward movement to operate the damper mechanism inside the wurly.  

With a couple of hours work, you can make one yourself that is road-worthy; and with a little more work, you can even make make it look respectable.  

(Young folks will do all the work, and be happy they saved 200 bucks; old farts like me will eventually realize that the 200 bucks is small compared to the weeks of fiddling around in the workshop building a replacement pedal.  Still, we both come out happy in the end.)

Good luck,

Sean
I got a Wurly 200, and a 206.
Also got three stage73 Rhodes: 1973 Mark I, 1981 Mark II, 1984 Mark V.
(I also have a Hohner Pianet T in the closet.  I believe the Pianet T action mechanism inspired Casio and Radio Shack designers.)

sean

Yikes!  I goofed up.  I forgot one part....

The connection to the Wurly sustain mechanism needs to be internal 1/4-20 threads.  So you need to put a "coupling nut" on top of the eye bolt.

Here is another link that shows what a coupling nut looks like:
http://www.boltdepot.com/images/catalog/coupling-nut.gif

This part is easily found in the hardware store too.

You can jam a pair of regular 1/4-20 nuts onto your eye bolt to create a stop that prevents the coupling nut from moving around much.

Sorry about forgetting this part of the design.  I guess you might have to make another trip to the hardware store.  

Sean

Swatkins

Builder (original poster):

I have an original Wurlitzer 200 sustain pedal I am willing to sell, if you would rather not construct one yourself.
I just sent you a pm, check your inbox.

Thanks