From the Archives: Wurlitzer 720a

This complete 720A we had was together with it’s original matching bench!

This complete 720A we had was together with it’s original matching bench!

When we walked into the room where the original owner had this keyboard, the seller mentioned they had it switched on for us ready to try out. We thought, oh then it must not be making sound because we heard nothing - not even the usual idle hum. We played a A-7 chord, and a wall of rich tube sound blasted out of the massive 12” alnico speaker. Needless to say, we were floored.

This is a great example of a 720a, in that it is cosmetically perfect and the amp was fully functional. A 720a is the console version of a 145, identical in the mechanical action, reeds, harp and amplifier. The only difference is it is all housed in a ‘spinet’ styled cabinet.

Some features of a Wurlitzer 720a, as exemplified in these photos:

  • Mahogany case and solid wood soundboard with a mahogany veneer.

  • High quality plastic key caps with only minimal hairline cracking.

  • Original music rack in excellent condition, and original matching bench

  • 12” alnico speaker mounted in the front center of the cabinet

  • Tube amplifier (identical to the 145) with warm tube vibrato

 

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