Wurlitzer Upright Piano
The Wurlitzer upright piano is like the 'grandfather' of the upright piano family.
Wurlitzer has been making pianos for more than a hundred years. They are known for the beauty of their design, perfection of performance and excellence in engineering. You can't go far wrong with a Wurlitzer!
If you're looking for a used upright piano or antique upright piano, there are Wurlitzer models dating back to the early 1900s through to around 1992. You could very well find a decent one for less than $2,000USD (I've seen some sell for as low as $500).
About WurlitzerWurlitzer was founded by Rudolph Wurlitzer, who emigrated to the US from Germany in 1854 and began manufacturing pianos in the early 1900s.
In 1935 the Wurlitzer spinet piano was released, which was an instant sensation, and some would claim formed the basis of all modern piano production. The spinet was smaller than conventional pianos and could fit in smaller homes and apartments.
The Wurlitzer electric piano was introduced in 1955 and was another huge success. It had no strings or soundboard, but instead produced sounds electronically; it was lightweight and compact, resistant to temperature changes, had the 'silent' option where earphones could be plugged in, had built-in-speakers....and it was reasonably priced. This piano was the forerunner of all electronic and digital pianos that we use today.
The Wurlitzer electric piano was popular with rock bands (used in Queen's You're My Best Friend); they are a rarity these days.
Wurlitzer is also famous for jukeboxes, organs, and vending machines.
Buying A Wurlitzer Upright Piano
In 1995 Wurlitzer was bought by the Baldwin Piano Co, which was in turn bought by Gibson Guitar Corp in 2002.
Gibson still makes Wurlitzer pianos today, so if you want a brand new Wurlitzer upright piano, you can contact your local music store to find out if they supply them.
If you're interested in a used upright piano or antique upright piano, the best place to look is online. You can find them on ebay or craigslist sometimes or through private sale. These include the Wurlitzer electric piano and spinet piano, if you want something more unique!