Wurlitzer Console



Here we have a reconditioned Wurlitzer Console Piano

Make: Wurlitzer
Model: Console
Finish: Walnut
Status: Used/Reconditioned


Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer founded the Wurlitzer company in 1853. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company began to import musical instruments from Germany to retail in the United States. The company factory was built in 1861 with manufacturing focused on melodeons and organs. The manufacturing of pianos began in 1880 with the instruments being sold through the Wurlitzer retail outlets. Wurlitzer pianos quickly became well known. Wurlitzer became one of the first defense contractors in the United States. They supplied musical instruments to the U.S. Government during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. During the later part of the 1800s, Wurlitzer entered into the manufacturing of band organs. Tariffs prevented the importation of European-built organs, so Wurlitzer stepped in to fill that gap.  Powered by either steam or by hand, these organs were produced until 1932.

Wurlitzer faced many of the same challenges as other businesses in the music industry did, following the turn of the century. In order to overcome these challenges, Wurlitzer expanded and built the world’s first automatic jukebox, called the Wurlitzer Simplex. Wurlitzer became better known for their jukeboxes and mechanical instruments rather than traditional pianos and organs. In 1900 Wurlitzer began to produce coin-operated, nickelodeon pianos. This continued until the mid-1930s. During the 1920s, the company acquired the Melville Clark line of pianos and in 1935 introduced a piano just 39 inches in height to the market. This spinet-style piano did a good job of replicating the sound of bulkier, larger instruments. This was a timely introduction as many consumers during this period were looking for cheaper, smaller instruments.

Manufacturing developments continued into the mid-20th century. Wurlitzer was responsible for creating an electronic piano that was able to provide natural piano tone without any strings or soundboard. The electronic Rudolph Wurlitzer piano weighed just 68 pounds and could be transitioned into a suitcase-type device that was entirely portable. (Wurlitzer Console) as advertised.

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