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Offline Abraham

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Dating a Wurlitzer?
« on: November 18, 2011, 10:11:47 AM »
I though 200-A were produced just around 1980-1981 but lately I found out they came out earlier. Then I would like to find out the production date of mine, but I don't really know where to spot. All I can see is that my faceplate is the later one, brushed and "not-mirror-like" looking. Any help? I don't really *need* to know, I'm just curious about it... Anyway some directions in such topic would make a great sticky to this forum.
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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2011, 01:54:14 PM »
Some have dates stamped either on or under the keys on one end or the other

The later ones have a wurlitzer nameplate on the back, facing ' the audience'

The 200as came out in the early 70's, I believe




1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
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1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2011, 03:36:50 PM »
does this mean something to you??



this is the only printed number I could find...

Also, there's no cool back faceplate, I have one I ordered from vintage vibe but I have not installed because it needs drilling 2 holes to the top...
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196x Hammond L100
1976 Rhodes MKI '73 Suitcase
1976 Wurlitzer 200-A EP
1981 Casio VL-Tone (Yeah!)
199x Kawai CX-21D Upright
20xx Clavia Nord Electro 2

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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2011, 04:57:28 PM »
I do not see any numbers in that photo. If you do not have the logo, i THINK that means pre 1980
But I am not 100% sure.

1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2011, 06:57:18 PM »
iphone doesnt show the whole picture but this reads: "K-60-5"
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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011, 07:48:24 PM »
scroll to the right on the picture - there's a bar at the bottom
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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 09:21:59 PM »
I use an ipad...it doesnt scroll

Those numbers dont mean anything to me, but maybe Morelock's in Mississippi would know.
SOME wurlis ave an old fashioned rubber stamp with the date stamped inside,but not all.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2011, 11:24:09 PM »
You can take a look at the EIA code on  the power transformer to get a very general idea. I have 2 later 200A's with the Wurlitzer logo's on the back, one transformer stamped 9th week of '81, the other is stamped 29th week of '79.   Of course Wurlitzer probably used whatever stock they had lying around, so while it is not a very accurate way to date, at least you can determine that it was produced after a certain week/year. 

Also same idea with the EIA code the back of the Vib pot.   

http://www.triodeel.com/eiacode.htm
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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2011, 11:52:01 PM »
 Good tip, I did not think of that!

1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2011, 05:40:21 PM »
GREAT!!

vibrato pot: 1976, 38th week
power suply: 1976, 50th week

that matches and makes sense!! so it was probably manufactured around the end of 1976.
thank you guys!!
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1976 Wurlitzer 200-A EP
1981 Casio VL-Tone (Yeah!)
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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2011, 08:15:02 AM »
Cheers Electroharmony, I put your post in a sticky thread, this is a big help.

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Re: Dating a Wurlitzer?
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2021, 10:56:05 AM »
This topic helped to send me down a VERY deep rabbit hole on finding the dates of Wurlitzer Electric Pianos.  Here's an article about it on my website.  I update it from time to time:

https://www.drwurly.com