From the Archives: Wurlitzer 112a

Wurlitzer 112a can be easily distinguished form a 112 by the sustain mechanism which is mounted on the underside on a 112a.

Wurlitzer 112a can be easily distinguished form a 112 by the sustain mechanism which is mounted on the underside on a 112a.

This is a classic example of a Wurlitzer 112a that we once had. We photographed it in our main studio live room. A serviced Wurlitzer 112a electronic piano is a powerful music making tool in any studio! The effective alnico speaker is mounted on the rear of the instrument so it can be easily mic’d without picking up much (or any) mechanical key or finger noise from the players’ hands.

Like all Wurlitzers 112, this 112a has a wooden case with curved back corners and a speckled or ‘splatter’ paint of white/tan/brown creating a ‘stone’ look. The top finish can be compared to formica but composed of plywood and with real paint of course. The legs feature hardware that is gold/brass in color (in the above photo it has a heavy oxidized patina). This incredible specimen of a 112a that we were lucky enough to find has it’s original tag on it, the matching bench, original wire music rack, original pedal and even the pedal mount’s original thumb screw! It was a extremely complete, functional and only need some key easing and a mild interior cleaning! Considering the complete mint condition the buyer did not want any changes made - in hindsight some small non-invasive improvements that could have been made would be new damper felts and fresh felts for the balance and front-rail pins.

Some features of this Wurlitzer 112a, as exemplified in these photos:

  • All original parts and accessories including Gold/bronze colored hardware & wire music rack which resembles black oxide steel, matching bench, original pedal and lid with the original tag!

  • A great year for plastic keycaps, which have a denser harder feel and typically don’t hairline crack.

  • Tube 112a amplifier, which closely resembles a robust Fender 5E3 .

  • Alnico speaker mounted on the rear.

  • Controls located on the left of the case mounted directly on the amplifier

 

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