Wurlitzer 42″ Extended Console Piano
This is a sturdy, well-built American made taller console with minimal wear. It is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically. It was purchased new in Albuquerque from the venerable, long-time Wurlitzer piano dealer Riedling Music in 1982. It is happily acclimated to our arid climate so it should provide decades of trouble-free musical enjoyment. The Wurlitzer model 2760 console piano series was popular with pianists needing an economical instrument. It has an unusual cabinet style – someone referred to it as the Game of Thrones piano. Gothic comes to mind. The music rack looks like a small fortress. There are prominent black metal hardware and accents in various locations. The dark pecan cabinet veneers are distressed. A large Tone-escapement chamber in the lower panel has an attractive crimson upholstery. It is functional too. It allows bass-register sound waves to escape from the soundboard region located at the bass bridge. The legs have a unique “water-fall” design that is carried over to the benches’ legs too. It is equipped with a grand piano-style raised lid. It had a thorough regulation and cleaning in our restoration shop. Complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery is included. Wurlitzer model 2760 Console Piano – 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $2450.
Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer immigrated from Germany and opened his piano and musical instrument shop Est. 1856 in New York. The Wurlitzer factory was built in 1861 in Cincinnati, Ohio and built different instruments though the first piano wasn’t built until 1880. The Wurlitzer history in music actually dates back into the early 17th century when Hans Andreas Wurlitzer was a well-known expert in building beautiful violins. The company also built stringed, reed and brass instruments from the Civil War all the way until WW1. They were vendors to the US Government during this time. Franz lived until 1914.
Music rack and name-plate on the Wurlitzer model 2760 Console Piano
By the 1900’s there were factories in New York and DeKalb, Illinois which stayed open until 1990 and is where this Wurlitzer model 2760 studio upright piano was built. These two factories built pianos with over a dozen brand names, primarily in the early part of the 20th century. The Wurlitzer spinet was introduced in the 1930’s as one of the first low-profile pianos that appealed to customers whom did not like the way large uprights completely dominated a smaller room. It soon became a huge seller. The Butterfly Grand piano was brought out then also. It had a symmetrical shape to the rim and lid. Wurlitzer was the most innovative piano company at a highly surprising time while the nation was suffering through the Great Depression.
Waterfall styled legs and tone-escapement chamber on the Wurlitzer model 2760 Console Piano
By 1910 the company was probably most well-known for “The Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organs that were found in the finest East Coast theatres. They were also popular for performing in silent movies. Coin-operated nickelodeons, orchestrions and player-pianos using paper rolls were introduced in the 1890’s. Circuses, amusement parks, roller-rinks and carnival midways used their carousels, hurdy-gurdy instruments and barrel organs. The 1920’s brought the high-end American Mohawk Lyric radio that was exorbitantly expensive. Electrical organs came along in the 1940’s and these Wurlitzers became very popular in the home market. A “before its time” monophonic synthesizer was incorporated into them in the 1970’s.
The nostalgic Wurlitzer Jukebox was introduced in the 1940’s and it was colorful and brightly illuminated and once again, became hugely popular. Today they are collector’s items and command high prices. In the 1950’s a hybrid electric/acoustic Stage Piano was invented and it soon was used by many of the most popular musicians of the rock era including The Doors and Carpenters. These were widely used professionally until they were nudged out by digital technology and sampling. Many modern synths have had the Wurlitzer Electric Piano sample. They are retro instruments today and in great demand among collectors.