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Fifty bucks Wurlitzer 200a revival
« on: April 21, 2016, 10:15:58 AM »
Hi!

I just wan't to share with you this Wurlitzer 200a revival, and i'm so happy with it!

I got this piano for 50$, non working condition (very dangerous i must say), missing 6 reeds. I was my first time working on the mecanical part of a Wurlitzer 200 (a), but I had already own a nice blond 200 ten years ago.

All fuses was blown, the one on the ''electrical terminal'' near the knobs was removed, shorted with kind of lead wire...and actually there was only half of the current going to the pickup bars/amp (weird wiring)






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Re: Fifty bucks Wurlitzer 200a revival
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 10:27:27 AM »
So I give the electrical aspect to a friend of mine who is really good with vintage stuffs, collector of good old components. He recap 90% of the capacitor/resistance on the amp board and the preamp. He put better spec components than the original design, and he really studied the thing (it was his first, and already made a clone of the preamp/vibrato section). He also remade the wiring more logically, put distance between power and audio wiring.





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Re: Fifty bucks Wurlitzer 200a revival
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 10:36:07 AM »
On the mechanical side, the Wurly comes with ''homemade'' reeds (pretty bad, not the same thickness). I also find 5 nice NOS wurlitzer reeds (in original bags) to replace the broken ones. So i tuned it, also learn how to make the good shape with the lead. And now, it sound so well, extremely low noise, great for recording!



Here how it sound (Thru analog stereo Chorus, EQ and little analog delay)

https://youtu.be/nQqogmlEqEM
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Re: Fifty bucks Wurlitzer 200a revival
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 09:07:09 AM »
Congratulations!

I don't think I've seen a sub $1000 Wurli posted for sale here in Denmark for years, so $50 is quite impressive!
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