Wurlitzer 206 Electronic Piano

Wurlitzer 206 Electronic Piano


This classic 200-series Wurlitzer electronic piano is completely original and built on a sturdy and convenient console. As a student model, it originally had a “Self/Ensemble” output switch in place of a vibrato knob. We have enabled the vibrato and fully restored this keyboard inside and out. It is now ready for the stage or the studio. Because we love the vintage styling of this original Wurlitzer console, we have left the original faceplate reading “Self/Ensemble/Speaker” where a conventional 200 would have a vibrato label - making it a secret vibrato control!

For a Wurlitzer 206 from the same extraordinarily preserved batch that has been converted to a Wurlitzer 200 with legs, click here.

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The Wurlitzer 206 electronic piano is the student version of the Wurlitzer 200. The 206 has the same mechanical assembly, reeds, and amplifier as a 200, with one exception: the vibrato was disconnected in the factory. In its place, this Wurlitzer had wiring to connect it with other 206s in a classroom setting. Other than that, the 206 is the same keyboard as the 200, only mounted on a cabinet instead of legs.

Features of this keyboard include:

  • Restored original amplifier with full Wurlitzer 200 functionality

  • Vibrato and aux output present and enabled

  • Mechanical parts regulated and eased

  • Reeds tuned and voiced

  • Original faceplate with secret vibrato knob

  • Exceptionally rare early 206 cabinet style

  • Two 4x6” alnico speakers mounted on the amp rail

Shipping & delivery. Delivery is available to addresses within 250 miles of New York City for an additional fee. Freight is an option for locations outside of the delivery zone. Or, pick up this item at our Tuckahoe, NY studio, 20 miles outside of NYC.

Questions about this keyboard? We are happy to answer any questions you might have about this keyboard. Or, play it for yourself by making an appointment to stop by our Tuckahoe studio. Contact us at jon@tropicalfishvintage.com for details.

About this Wurlitzer

Notes on Condition

This Wurlitzer is in exceptional original condition. Because many Wurlitzer parts are made from porous wood, it is possible to see the mishaps that a keyboard has suffered through the years. It is apparent that this Wurlitzer has spent several decades in climate-controlled storage, and saw very little abuse. There is no evidence of water damage in the keybed, indicating that nothing has been spilled on the keys. The screws, including the regulation screws, are appropriately tight and hold their place well when adjusted. This makes the Wurlitzer easy to service, so that we were able to fine-tune its regulation without replacing any parts. Finally, all of the felts are original and show very light use across all octaves.

The underside of the keys on this Wurlitzer 206 are incredibly clean. Nobody spilled their coffee playing this Wurlitzer!

The result is a Wurlitzer that is highly touch-responsive and entirely original. Its light use puts this keyboard in the rare category of electronic pianos that are in fantastic condition, but not so perfectly mint that you’ll feel guilty using it. You’ll need the ability to time travel to find a better players’ Wurlitzer.

Cosmetics. The speaker cabinet of this Wurlitzer is in great condition. Its tolex has no rips or tears. The lid is in very good condition as well and shows only minimal fading. The vinyl decal strip that wraps around the keyboard is completely intact.

Mechanical parts. This Wurlitzer was very well cared for during its lifetime, most of which was spent in a college classroom. It required only light adjustments to bring it back to optimal playability. Since the internal components, including the felts and wooden parts, were in great condition, we opted to leave everything original. The result is a keyboard that has both a comfortable vintage feel and is still exceptionally playable.

Electronics. This Wurlitzer contained an early 200 model amplifier which contained all original components. We found that some of the components had drifted in value and needed replacement, which is typical of vintage components. This was particularly true of the electrolytic capacitors, which should be replaced every 20 years. After routine servicing, the amplifier once again works correctly and has that vintage Wurlitzer tone.

Accessories. This Wurlitzer 206 comes with a new music rack and the original headphones, which are in great shape. The pull-out drawer is present and, other than a small scuff, is very clean.

Restoration Details

As with all of our vintage keyboards, this Wurlitzer has enjoyed extensive restoration, including:

This Wurlitzer 206 with the lid and front panel removed. This shows the keyboard before we restored the amplifier and removed unnecessary wiring.

This Wurlitzer 206 with the lid and front panel removed. This shows the keyboard before we restored the amplifier and removed unnecessary wiring.

Conversion of the amplifier to full Wurlitzer 200 functionality. Because the 206 uses the same amplifier as the Wurlitzer 200, enabling the vibrato is as simple as adding a potentiometer. We have removed the self/ensemble switch and, in its place, installed a vibrato knob next to the volume knob. This gives the 206 vibrato without affecting the external appearance of the keyboard. Finally, we connected the aux output circuitry to a jack at the bottom of the keyboard, so that this Wurlitzer, like a 200, can be connected to an external amplifier or recorded direct.

Removal of all unnecessary wiring. On the back of a 206 cabinet, there are two ports that were intended for the plugs that connect the Wurlitzers to each other in the classroom. The plug for the right port has been converted to a grounded three-prong plug, which plugs into any conventional 120v wall outlet. However, all of the wiring on the right port - including the 120v mains wiring - extends to the left port. Because there are exposed contacts in this port, this is a shock hazard anytime the Wurlitzer is plugged into the wall, whether or not the keyboard switched on. Loose wiring within the amplifier can also become frayed, tangled in the mechanical action, or otherwise interfere with the functionality of the keyboard. For this reason, we have removed all wiring that is not related to the Wurlitzer’s functionality as a standalone keyboard.

Restoration of electronics. When we received the Wurlitzer, the amplifier was noisy and suffered from low volume. The Wurlitzer 200 is an extremely early solid state amplifier, and like any vintage amplifier, the electrolytic capacitors should be replaced. In this case, most of the electrolytics were visibly leaking and had definitely reached the end of their lifespan. We have replaced all deteriorated and out-of-spec components, so that the amplifier is now working as it should.

Regulation of mechanical parts. After lubricating the action centers, we corrected lost motion and adjusted let-off throughout the keyboard. Because this Wurlitzer had been stored in a climate-controlled area and used gently throughout its life, the capstan screws were in excellent condition, moved easily and held their place very well. This allowed us to make fine-tune adjustments for truly excellent feel and playability.

Exterior and interior cleaning. For the most thorough cleaning possible, we disassembled the keyboard in order to reach every crevice. Because 200-style Wurlitzers did not come with a lid and usually haven’t been cleaned for decades, we often see large accumulations of dust in the keybed. This Wurlitzer was no different. We also scrubbed the tolex and cleaned the interior of the cabinet. We also cleaned and polished all of the metal key posts in order to promote unhindered movement of the keys.

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