Vintage Electric Pianos
We specialize in both sales and rentals of vintage electric pianos. The two most iconic makes are Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer, and Hohner, Baldwin and Yamaha also made some unique electric pianos. The types of electric pianos that we sell and service have mechanical actions--usually felt or rubber tipped hammers that strike reeds or tines to produce tones that are amplified electronically. These instruments have formed a rich part of the history in many genres of American music, from classic jazz and rhythm and blues to funk, rock and roll and beyond. Please contact us for rental or service and upgrade options to your own electric piano, or stop into the shop to hear and play some models that we currently have for sale.
The slideshow below features various electric pianos that have graced our showroom and shop in the last few years. Just below that are electric pianos that are available for sale, and currently on display at the Brooklyn showroom.
This one is a gem! Fully rebuilt with new Tolex. 1975 is one of Rhodes best years, all the characteristics that players seek out--wooden keys with flat key tops (not the skirted key covers), wooden harp supports and hybrid wooden hammer cams. Cosmetically, we re-Tolexed the case and top cover, with all new case hardware as well. We then added two custom bocote wood cheek blocks to replace the cheaper looking plastic ones, and added matching wood knobs as well. We also re-sprayed the top, now it is flawless. We brought this one back to life in the shop--new screws and grommets, hammer tips and damper felts, key bushings and all case structural hardware (T-nuts, etc). We individually cleaned each tine and tone bar and checked each pickup for proper specification. Then of course spent a lot of time on the voicing, for a 6 to 7 level of bark on a 1 to 10 scale. Comes with the original legs and cross bracing (note, cross braces are not pictured) and a new pedal.
Custom seafoam green with a black base on this late model 200. This has a brand new Retrolinear amplifier, and has been given our thorough once, twice and three times over treatment—new key bushings, lubrication of key pins, new felts, checking and re-pinning of all hammer and repetition flange for proper friction levels, action regulation and fine tuning and voicing. This sounds, plays and looks fabulous. Included are new legs, music stand and pedal.
This is a rare modified student model Wurlitzer, that can be either placed on its home base as a speaker cabinet (armed with a pair of brand new, big-sounding 8", 100 watt Celestion speakers), or legged up as a traditional model 200, with the small oval speakers (also new, from Vintage Vibe) mounted in the hood. When on the speaker cabinet, all four speakers produce the fullest sound, or the small speakers can be cut with a headphone jack adapter. Or the cabinet speakers can be cut simply by disconnecting the extending 1/4" cable. So many options! The big, warm sound comes from a brand new Retrolinear amplifier, our favorite amplifier for Wurlitzer pianos. We have installed nearly 50 of these amplifiers in the past several years. These amplifiers are warranted so no need to worry about various problems of older amplifiers--noise, popping, intermittent buzzing, etc. Occasionally one can find a Wurlitzer with an older amp in good shape but this is becoming exceedingly rare.
This Wurlitzer comes with two pedals--one that is permanently mounted in the base, and another that would screw into the bottom when the keyboard is on its chrome legs--a new set of which is also included. The transition is simple--just unscrew the pedal in the base and lift the keyboard off the two stabilizing pegs, then screw on the chrome legs and pedal and use it as a portable Wurlitzer. (Please note, the extra pedal that attaches when set up on the legs is not pictured.)
This has been custom painted white, with a new faceplate, knobs and music desk. We also replaced the grill cloth with a new black covering and molding strip, allowing access to the shelves and pedal attachment. The insides of the keyboard have been thoroughly reworked, with extra attention given to friction levels in the hammer center pins. Drawing from our background as professional acoustic piano technicians, we check all 64 hammer and repetition flanges for proper friction--not too much, not too little! Most Wurlitzer pianos have high friction in the center pins and this greatly impedes proper let-off on slow key strikes. The only dependable way to fix this is to re-pin, so that is what we do!
It's simple, the Wurlitzer 140B is hands down the finest model that the company ever produced. The sound is huge and the design is sound. This has been professionally rebuilt in the shop, and sprayed a custom black with multiple coats of lacquer. As the original amplifier on this (and most Wurlitzer pianos) was never of premium quality, and produced at a time with different signal to noise tolerances, and now over 50 years old, we simply replaced it with the relatively new drop-in 140 series amplifier made by the fine folks over at Retrolinear. We also upgraded the original RCA cable that connects the pick up bar to the amp. The sound and dependability of it can't be beat!
We've spent hours on tweaking the reeds, tuning, spacing and voicing. We regulated the action to the best of our ability, taking into account and adjusting for the proper friction levels of center pin and flange pivots, drawing from our background as professional acoustic piano technicians. Wurlitzers have high friction in the center pins and this greatly impedes proper let-off on slow key strikes. The only dependable way to fix this is to re-pin, so that is what we do! We always re-bush the keys and clean the key sides, lubricate the key pins, and change the key under-felts. Regulation includes key leveling and setting proper key dip, adjustments of lost motion, let off and damper timing, and hammer and damper spacing to reed.
Our favorite model of Wurlitzer, this one of the few that they made with four(!) 8” round speakers, two mounted underneath, projecting toward the player and two mounted on the back, projecting outward. The sound can’t be beat! This is all original, and was hardly played in its earlier life. The case is in excellent condition and the original speaker cloth is near flawless. We re-bushed the keys and re-pinned the action to proper specification for the most consistent let-off and touch. And of course we meticulously tuned and voiced the piano. Come and check it out, it’s a rare find. Great for a home or studio, or anyone looking for a great sounding Wurlitzer in original condition. Although it is a little heavier, the wheels allow it to roll over smooth surfaces quite easily.
Extremely rare! Dating to one year only (1955), this is a prototype of model 112, the first Wurlitzer electric piano to go into larger-scale production. This model never had legs but included is your choice of wooden or metal legs (not pictured), mounted to a base board that the keyboard can sit on, which maintains the original integrity of the instrument. Also included is the very rare sustain pedal. We've re-capped the original tube amplifier, replaced the tubes with new "old stock", and aligned, lubricated and regulated the action, and tuned and voiced the reeds and pick ups. A true collector's item with a fabulous "woody" sounding vintage tone.
Dark and dirty yet clean and precise, custom Tolex-ed for a brown western look with antiqued corners. Rebuilt with new damper felt, key pedestal felt, hammer tips and screws and grommets. Tuned and voiced for consistency, this is a big shop favorite. The Mark II features, built into the key pedestal, a variant of the "Marcel Curve" or miracle mod that can help make many Fender Rhodes pianos feel lighter and faster. Includes new sustain pedal (not pictured).
$2650 with top case (leg and pedal storage) in original black Tolex (as is).
Add $350 with top case re-Tolexed in western brown with added hardware to match piano case.
Twelve month warranty on all parts except the tines. Please note, the Fender Twin Reverb amplifier in some of the pictures is not included.
Rare! 1980 54-note Rhodes, perfect for New York City apartments. With (also rare) matching legs and pedal and the highly sought-after all-wood keys. We've rebuilt this with new hammer tips, damper felt, screws and grommets and key bushings. We've cleaned the tines and electronics and Re-Tolexed the piano and top cases. We've added new hardware and logos. We've tuned and voiced it to the best of our ability. Come by and hear it!
With a new amplifier (Retrolinear), regulated, tuned and ready.