How much is a Wurlitzer Piano Worth?

I’m guessing you’ve stumbled onto this page because you either want to sell your existing Wurlitzer piano, or you want to buy a Wurlitzer piano. But how do you determine what is a fair price to pay? How do you determine how much to list your piano for? You don’t want to ask for too much, because you’ll put buyers off. Asking for too little can mean you inadvertently give your buyer a bargain. So, how much is a Wurlitzer piano worth?

Ultimately, what a piano sells for is down to many factors. A vintage piano like Wurlitzer (they’re not made any more) I’m sorry to say, is never going to go for many thousands of dollars. I’ll explain why in this article. However, the price you get is primarily down to the condition of the piano. How usable is it for another pianist? If it requires many thousands of dollars of work done to it, unfortunately, it won’t be worth much.

Piano Pricing; How to decide?

If you are selling any kind of piano, as long as it’s outside the realm of Yamaha, Steinway, Kawai, etc, the primary factor that will determine its’ selling price is condition. Yamaha and Steinway are two examples I mention, due to the fact that these pianos hold their value so well in the upright market and the grand market respectively.

You will find people looking for a Yamaha or a Steinway, just because it’s a Yamaha or Steinway. While condition and age factor into it, people will by a Yamaha over a Kawai or a Feurich or similar brands, just because it’s a Yamaha, even though another piano might be more suitable for them.

When you move outside of this coveted realm of brand names, you are much more at the mercy of the condition and age of the piano. The deciding factor is going to be how much the buyer is willing to pay, and how usable the piano is to a pianist. If you’re lucky and you market your instrument right, you’ll come across the right buyer at the right level, who is willing to pay the right price. However, there is almost certainly going to be some form of compromise when selling a piano.

My advice when you sell your Wurlitzer (if you have one) is that you need to do an honest appraisal of the condition and the usefulness of the piano. It's probably not going to be in any way usable by a concert artist, or someone looking to do a degree in music. Likewise, it’s pointless asking $2000 for it if it’s just going to be used by a beginner; there are more affordable and more appropriate options. 

Who are Wurlitzer?

Wurlitzer is an American company, started in Cincinnati in 1853. Initially the company was an import export business, importing stringed, brass and woodwind instruments from Germany into the USA, but eventually they expanded into making pipe organs and player pianos.

Around the 1880s, Wurlitzer began making entry level acoustic pianos, including spinet and console pianos. However, they did also make studio upright and grand pianos, but these are quite rare. I’ve certainly never seen one. The most common examples of Wurlitzer acoustic pianos are from the 1960s. During the 1970s they also expanded into making electric pianos and jukeboxes. Eventually the Wurlitzer company was acquired by Baldwin, who still own it today. Baldwin ceased making pianos under the Wurlitzer name in 2009, and nowadays the company makes replacement parts for historical products, and is also a prominent manufacturer of vending machines.

Wurlitzer’s most famous instruments were almost certainly the pipe organs that were constructed between 1914 and 1943. Some of these instruments still survive today. However, the most common instruments made by Wurlitzer that survive to the present day are their lines of spinet and console pianos made in the 1960s.

Are Wurlitzer pianos good pianos?

I’m going to refer specifically to Wurlitzer console and spinet pianos made around the 1960s in this analysis. Like any manufacturer, Wurlitzer made good and bad pianos. However, the majority of pianos still around today were manufactured as economy pianos, designed for the home to be played by the amateur musician. They were never intended to be used for the performance stage or by professional artists. As a home piano, these pianos are perfectly adequate, but will limit you if you are a professional or you want to practice around three hours per day.

Despite the fact that they are not suitable as high-end musical instruments, Wurlitzer pianos were built very well and are extremely durable. This is one of the reasons that several survive today. They are in no way on par with the build quality you get from a Yamaha, Steinway or Kawai, but compared to a modern piano built in the Far East over the past several years? I’d pick the Wurlitzer 99% of the time.

If you’re looking to buy a Wurlitzer, you need to try it first to see whether it’s suitable for you. Only then will you be able to decide whether you consider the Wurlitzer a “good” piano.

Wurlitzer Console Piano; how much is it worth?

Now we’re on to the crux of this article. What is the average Wurlitzer piano worth?

You can expect to pay/sell your piano between $600 at the low end and $1500 at the high end.

This is providing it’s a Wurlitzer acoustic piano. Console pianos will be more towards the $1500 end, and the spinet pianos will be cheaper. A console piano will be anything including and above 41 inches tall. You can generally find them in good condition, many with recently replaced or reconditioned parts. 

However, if you’re selling a Wurlitzer and you’re not a dealer, you can expect to get near the lower end of the pricing scale, especially if the piano has been well used or if it has any kind of cosmetic or interior damage. If there’s major damage to the piano, such as cracked soundboard, mould or woodworm, I would suggest that you might have great difficulty finding a buyer.

As always, if you’re selling, offer a fair price to your buyer based on the condition and age of the piano. If you’re buying, due your due diligence.

But what do I recommend?

I’d actually recommend buying a digital piano over a Wurlitzer. The reasons for this are multiple, but chief among which the digital will take up just as much space in your home, but will be a much higher quality instrument for the money (if you spend around $1000, which is what you’d spend on a Wurlitzer piano.) A good digital will serve you well from the beginner to highly advanced level, whereas a Wurlitzer will start to limit you around the intermediate level. 

If you’re interested in buying a digital piano, there are a few myths to debunk. I’ve gone through quite a few of them in my other articles, as well as other concepts around owning and learning the piano. You can find some of my latest articles here:

In the meantime, happy practicing!

Jack

65 thoughts on “How much is a Wurlitzer Piano Worth?”

  1. Seller wants 6000.00 for Wurlitzer baby grand, player piano, red mahogany. He is located out of state, I will be in his area late June. What questions should I ask? I am returning to playing after my recent retirement. More for relaxation, an amateur player. Your thoughts are welcome. Thank you.

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    • Hi Sylvia; great questions. Firstly, you need to ask when the seller bought the piano, and from where. Was it bought privately or from a dealer? Next, what kind of life has the piano had? Has it been sat gathering dust or has it been played by a concert pianist 5 hours per day? What kind of restoration work has been done to the piano? Has it been restored at all? How old is the piano? (https://www.total-piano-care.com/wurlitzer-pianos.html will show you how old the piano is based on the serial number, which you should ask the seller for) How often has the piano been tuned, voiced, regulated, etc? How many times has the piano been moved to different locations? Just a few preliminary questions I could come up with; you’ll need to see the piano and assess for yourself to make an informed choice.

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    • Hi Darlis; unfortunately this is a tricky question to answer without knowing what the condition of the piano is. If it’s good condition I’d expect at least a few thousand $ but it’s hard to pin down a more specific number than that without seeing the piano in person to assess its’ condition. It may be worth asking your local dealer to appraise the piano for you to get a more accurate valuation. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

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  2. my wurlitzer has a serial no. on the sound board. can this help me to find out the past of THIS piano? where would I find out?

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    • Hi Walter. The serial number will help you find out the past of your piano; however this will be limited to the date of manufacture and possibly the town/city of manufacture. If you visit this website https://www.total-piano-care.com/wurlitzer-pianos.html and scroll down, it will show you the year of manufacture of your piano based on the serial number; you may have to do some more Googling to find out where it was manufactured, however.

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  3. Someone wants to sell an upright Rudolf Wurlitzer for $250. They say it doesn’t need a tune up and is in good condition. Should I buy it?

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    • Hi Ebony; unfortunately it’s unlikely that the seller is correct. If they’re selling a piano for $250 it’s likely not in good condition and probably will need a tune up. However you’ll have to view the piano itself to decide on its’ condition and whether it’s suitable for you.

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  4. We have a Wurlitzer piano, serial number 1532415, model # 2120. Can you tell us how much this is worth and when it was made. It has all the tags and the letter of inspection on it, I didn’t see our serial number listed. Thank You

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    • Hi Shirley. Your piano was made between 1970 and 1980. Based on a little research, I’d estimate this piano (if it’s in good condition) to be worth approximately $1000. However, for a more accurate figure, you’ll need to get a tuner or a piano dealer to have a proper look at it. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but I hope this was helpful!

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  6. Hi Jack,
    We just purchased a Wurlitzer spinet piano. The serial number is 813323 so I know it was made between 1960-1965. How do I find the model number?

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    • Hi Diane; unfortunately this information isn’t widely available on the internet. I’d suggest you ask your technician to look at the piano and ask them to attempt to determine the model number; I wasn’t able to find any information on the model despite some research into the serial number. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

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  7. Hi Jack,

    We have a Wurlitzer piano serial # 108416. It is in good shape with no real cosmetic issues and sounds good. I think it is close to 100 years old. Can you give me an idea of what it’s estimated value is?

    Thanks!
    Tim

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    • Hi Tim; difficult question to answer without seeing the piano. It may be in good cosmetic condition, but there may be internal issues that may impact its’ value. Your best bet is to have a technician have a look at it and give it a valuation, but it’s unlikely to be worth more than $100.

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  8. today, we purchased a 1928 Wurlitzer baby grand piano from an ad on FB market place. We drove to the owner’s lovely home where he proudly displayed it in a front living area. (they were selling their home and moving to a ranch in the country. He said he has owned it for 30 years & that his now 20 something daughter learned to play on it at age 5 & still plays but she moved up north for a job & he said it was time to let it go. I bought it on a whim! I come from a family of musicians ( not pros) & I have always wanted to play the piano! Our home which we bought 9 months ago ( was in an estate) had a 1928 Steinway in the corner of the living room & it was stunning! I tried to buy it, not knowing the value & they would not sell it; it went to a niece in the previous owner’s family.
    so questions:
    How much should it cost to move this piano? & to tune it; should the same company do both? also it does need some refinishing on the raised top area on the left corner where it was hit by sunlight. My husband said we should re-finish the whole piano? I am hoping just this top. I like the antique matt finish, & that it’s not perfect, it is almost 100 years old!
    Your thoughts? THANK YOU!
    Patty H.

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    • Hi Patty – congratulations on your new piano. It’s great that there are people out there keeping these old pianos alive – in my opinion an older Wurlizter or Steinway is far better than newer pianos by some brands… getting back to your questions. I can’t give an estimate of how much it’ll cost to move as you don’t mention how far the piano will need to be moved. I’d recommend looking for movers local to your city or state and contacting two or three for a quote. In terms of tuning, in my experience piano movers are not also piano tuners, so you’ll probably need to look for someone else to tune the piano. Refinishing the whole piano is likely to be an expensive and messy process and probably isn’t worth doing – you don’t mention how much you paid for the piano but I’d wager that having it moved into a workshop, the old finish stripped off and refinished and moved back to your home again is probably going to cost more than the piano is worth.

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  9. I I have a w u r l i t z e r piano serial or model number 55964 9 what you let me know if it’s worth any money it was once owned by John Johnson of Johnson publishing company many celebrities have played on this piano on this piano

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    • Hi Janette – it’s great that you have a piano played by so many famous people. I once played on the Steinway at Steinway Hall in London and it was amazing to realise that so many famous artists and musicians had played this piano in concerts, recordings, press releases etc. However, unfortunately the piano is unlikely to be worth any more than it would have been otherwise for this reason – the fact that many famous people have played it is likely to be more value sentimentally than monetarily. However, in order to determine how much it’s actually worth, could you provide me with some details on the condition of the piano, how often it’s been tuned, etc? It’s difficult for me to give an accurate valuation over the internet, so you’ll probably want to get your local technician to have a good look at the piano to give it a proper appraisal.

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  10. Hi Jack,

    We have a Wulitzer Model 2255 OAK, SN#2809973 with no exterior defects, can you give an approx value?

    Thanks

    Barney

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    • Hi Barney – could you give some more information on how often the piano has been tuned, how many years you’ve owned it, etc? Just bear in mind that I can give a rough valuation based on this data, but for a more accurate valuation, it’s always better to bring a local technician in to have a good look at the piano and give it a proper appraisal.

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  11. Hi Jack,

    We have a Model 2255 OAK, SN#2809973, Built approx. 1994? I think

    Can you estimate its value?

    thanks

    Barney

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  12. We have a Wurlitzer piano serial # 1304015. It is in good shape with the exception of missing 1 knob on the lid that covers the keys. No scratches or dents on the piano or stool. Has not been tuned in a while. Can you give me an idea of what it’s estimated value is?

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  13. Hi jack can you give me an estimate on my WurliTzer piano! Serial number: 1570679. Model 2725? It’s in great condition-Thank you

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  14. Hi Jack,

    I stumbled across this page while doing research to sell a Wurlitzer mahogany baby grand piano that belonged to my mother. My mother was the last in my family who could play and since her death, it has been sitting in our formal living room untouched.

    It has no scratches or hardly any wear and tear. The polish on is still glossy and the brass petals are still shiny without corrosion. It could use a cleaning of the keys and tuning, but it is in overall great condition and comes with a matching bench. We are the original owners and I believe it’s from the late 70’s/early 80’s.
    Model: G-452
    Serial Number: 1806715

    I was wondering if you might be able to offer advise as to what it might possibly be worth?

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  15. Hi Jack,
    We have a Wurlitzer piano, serial number 1728892, model number 2746 manufactured sometime between 1980-1985 that we want to sell. Paid $600 for it 15 years ago. Good shape. What would be fair price to ask?
    Thanks!

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  16. I have a wurlitzer piano serial number 1009922 great condition for sale and need to sell in the next two days any ideas ?? Thank you in advance.

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    • Hi Shiya – I would suggest listing it on eBay at a knockdown price if you’re looking to get rid of it within the next few days. It’s also worth calling a local piano store and asking them if they’d be willing to buy it off you at a reduced price so they can sell it. In fact, lots of piano stores will buy your pianos off you, so it may be worth calling a few stores and seeing who’ll give you the best price. You could also give it away for free to a school or music studio if you’re feeling generous. Good luck!

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    • Hi Lisa – after having done a little research this piano looks to have been made between 1930 and 1940 – unfortunately I can’t find anything more specific than that. I hope this was helpful!

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  17. Hi Jack I have been given a Wurlitzer 200 electronic piano in good condition just wondering a little about it and rough value?
    Thanks

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  18. Hello Jack,

    I will be checking out a Wurlitzer piano tomorrow, to hear it.
    It is FREE and looks to be in very good condition.
    The numbers off the back of the piano are 1119 on top and 1003050 underneath.
    I tried finding it online, but was not getting exact results.
    The piano was tuned last fall.
    I am an amateur player, and if it’s a worthy take, I will go for it.
    What do you think?

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  19. Hello Jack I have a Wurlitzer serial # 873726. I have had it I know 40 years at least. Could you please tell me when it was manufactured and it’s worth? Thank you.

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  20. Hello, I have a 1978 Wurlitzer 3/4 upright with some cosmetic flaws but it is tuned yearly and sounds just as great as it did new. It has a big, bright sound. Too much sound for my apartment and I wish to get something smaller and portable to play at sessions. I am the original owner. Any guesses as to value? Thanks for any comment.

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    • Just by your description I’d estimate anywhere from $500 to $1000 – but to give a proper valuation you’ll need a technician to look at the piano and give it a proper appraisal. Thanks for your comment!

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  21. I have a Wurlizter serial number 460 416, De Kalb Illinois. Soundboard good, stacked baby grand keyboard. Good condition. No keys sticks but yellowed with age. May need tuning. Looking for approx value. Looking to sell. Purchased in 1955 and only one family owned.

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    • Hi JoAnn – it sounds like the piano is in good condition but without actually seeing it it would be impossible for me to give you an accurate valuation. It’s definitely worth asking your technician when you have the piano tuned next what the piano is worth – they’d be able to give you a far more accurate appraisal than I would. Thanks for your comment!

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  22. Hi there. I have a 1997 Mahagoney Wurlitzer Baby Grand With compact disc player. Have all original paper work. Paid $9625.00 in 1997. Good condition, lightly used. Is there a general range of what I might expect to get for it?

    Many thanks

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    • Hi Denny – this is difficult to answer without a description of the piano. Could you give more insight as to the condition, how often it’s been tuned, etc?

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  23. I have opportunity to buy a used Wurlitzer baby grand piano. Serial #2057417, Model-G452, black ebony. The seller is asking $3000 and was probably purchased new in 1998. The left pedal needs some work. What is a fair price?

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    • Hi Dann – $3k sounds reasonable but I’d recommend if you’re serious about buying the piano that you have your technician look over it to see if there are any problems. In my experience, most private sellers don’t know much about pianos, and even though they think it may be in perfect condition, the piano could be hiding problems that the owner doesn’t know about. I’d recommend you get your technician to have a brief look and appraisal of the piano – if the seller is legitimate they won’t mind this. Think of it as having your mechanic look over a used car before buying it.

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  24. Just bought a Wurlitzer baby grand Serial Number 139519 (puts it around 1935) for $1000. Previous owner played it occasionally – sounds good but will have it tuned in a few weeks after it acclimates to our home. Thinking I got a good deal. It looks good for an 85 year old. A little wear and tear but has the original ivory keys.
    Thoughts?

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  25. Jack how much would you spend on a black 70’s Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano? Seller is asking 4500. From what I’ve seen them sell for on Ebay, this seems almost double.
    Thank you!

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  26. Hi Jack. I’m glad I stumbled on this page. I’ve decided, at age 61, to finally treat myself to a baby grand piano. I am a rank amateur but love playing Elton john, Billy Joel, Max Richter, Beethoven, etc. – a mixed bag of pop, rock, classical, jazz and ragtime. I have found a Wurlitzer/Baldwin baby grand on Kijiji that looks really good, at least from the photos: 5′, mahogany finish, smoke-free home, well-maintained. It’s selling for almost $6000 CDN, so roughly $4000 USD; It was bought new in 2002 for $17,000 CDN. However it’s a 2-hour drive away. I’m looking for a piano with a rich sound and responsive keys. If the Wurlitzer has a “cheap” tinny sound, I don’t want to give up a day to go try it out. Do you think this is worth checking out? Seems like a good deal, but I’ve already been disappointed by another piano I tried (a Yamaha Clavinova baby grand, which looked amazing but didn’t sound natural at all). Thanks so much!

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  27. I have a Wurlizter 200 electronic piano that I’m thinking about selling. It has all of its parts (except 1 knob which I think can be replaced) including a bench and both cases. It does need to be tuned. What would be a good price to ask?

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    • Hi Carol – I’m not too sure as regards to an electric piano. I’d recommend you speak to your local piano technician to try and get a valuation.

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  28. Hi – We have a Wurlitzer 37″ upright piano, mahogany, good condition, serial #376957. Looking to possibly sell. Seeing numbers all over. Any ideas on where to begin? Most likely putting it up for sale in my community, so I want to be sure I am within a reasonable ballpark.

    Thanks for any insights.

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  29. Hello There my parents have a Wurlitzer piano model number 1666 serial number 1229300 and trying to determine what I should sell it for? 1 key is not working but otherwise in good condition.

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  30. I have a Wurlitzer serial # 193675. Looks like it needs new felt at a minimum, but otherwise looks to be in good condition. Do you have a guess on today’s market value? I suspect decision to repair would depend on personal value. Thanks

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  31. Hello,
    I am selling a Wurlitzer spinet with a cherry finish, serial number 395537. It has a 6-inch scratch on the side, and 3 keys with chipped edges. All keys work. Any idea of the value?
    Thanks!

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  32. Hello ! I have a 70’s Wurlitzer piano. Is mine since new from the store. I just moved it one time from mu parents house to mine. I want to know the real value of one of this, don t want to sell, a specialist will come to tune it in the next days, will check it from the bottom…. it has a little superficial rayon and want a cabinetmaker to fix that. Does that can detract from it

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  33. Hello Jack!
    I am wondering how much my piano might be worth? I have a 1968 Wurlitzer studio upright that my parents purchased for me around 1969… it’s in excellent condition and the serial number is 1099612. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!

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  34. Trying to find out how old and how much this piano might be worth.
    5′ 1″
    Wurlitzer C153 polished ebony
    Serial number 73327
    Decent condition
    Hasn’t been tuned in 7 years:(

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  35. Hi. We were given a lovely Wurlitzer piano. The number is 527602. It is in pristine condition and was played regularly, tuned and well taken care of. I cannot find much about it on-line other than it was made between 1950-1960 and that it is called “art deco” style. It is a matte black finish and the music desk has three distinct squares on it. It also has small chrome/silver metal ornamental touches on the legs of both the piano and bench. I’m so interested to know if it was a limited edition in it’s design in that they refer to it as “art deco style”. Thanks for any help you can give.

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  36. I have a Wurlitzer piano, Serial Number 1229967, Model Number 2136. I don’t know how old it is, but would like to know the value. It’s been played very little over the past 10 years, and was played often prior to that. Can you estimate a value? Thanks so much.

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  37. Hello. We have just been given a Wurlitzer piano and I am curious about it’s worth. I’ve only found one other in my on-line search, it was being sold on ebay for 2400 dollars. The number is 527602, and on the ebay listing they called it “mid century french chrome black Wurlitzer piano and bench art deco style”
    I have not found it anywhere else on-line, thus my thought that it might be indeed a limited edition style and truly worth that amount. It is a lovely matte black finish with a distinctive music desk that has three beveled squares. It also has small chrome/(silver in color) bands around the tops of the piano bench and the two front legs of the instrument. It is in pristine condition, owned by one family before given to us, it was regularly played and tuned. Any help in my search would be appreciated. Either way it has found it’s way to our home where it will be played and cherished for many years to come!

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  38. Hi Jack,

    Your page is extremely helpful! I have a Wurlitzer B-Grand WHITE, Model G-461, Serial #2050212. I’m seeing that a baby grand from Wurlitzer is rare, but thinking that the white finish is rare as well. What are your thoughts on pricing? It must have been made between 1985-1990 and was bought new, manufactured in Korea. The keys and sound are in excellent condition (hasn’t been tuned in a few years) but the exterior does have some minor scuffs and needs some paint touch up (which is hard with the white coloring)
    Thoughts on a fair price? Do older or new Wurlitzer’s sell for more or less?

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  39. I have a spinet Wurlitzer piano, serial number 1672217, model #1740. Can you give me an approximate value? It’s in good playing condition.

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  40. Jack,

    We found a Wurlitzer piano in a non climate controlled warehouse in (very humid) Northern Alabama. I believe it is a console model. We found 3/4″ high numbers stamped on the back, upper right in “5/66069.” The finish was covered in light, tiny 1/8″ splotches of dried mold/growth, but the finish did not appear to have a piano-wide failure. A boxed typewriter was stuck to the top, but we were able to remove it without much force. I noted the end caps at the legs had rust, which had stained the concrete. Lots of evidence of significant moisture in the past. All dry on day we viewed it.

    All the keys seemed to play with clear sound, without any fuzzy/dead sounds. Couple keys were really out of tune.

    But after reading the correct placement of a piano in a room, and thinking of the high humidity here, it seems the piano has likely suffered significant moisture damage that we can’t see.

    Any thoughts? Oh, & just for kicks, did I find the serial # or was that something else?

    Signed, “Sad to find this piano so neglected,”
    Huntsville, Al.
    Dave

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  41. Hi Jack,
    I’m looking to buy this Wurlitzer Console I found on Craigslist. Here is the link to the post: https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/msg/d/forest-hills-wurlitzer-console-upright/7217919801.html
    And the link to a video of it being played: https://share.icloud.com/photos/0rJNvYFklBrOTloOPGGYQW-pA#Garden_City_Park
    Do you think this is a good deal? I don’t need an amazing piano, it won’t be played by a professional, just want music in the house.
    Thanks!
    Sarah

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  42. Hello, I have a Wurlitzer spinet that slightly out of tune, but otherwise good condition and being used every day. The serial number is 1555721 and model is 2145. Do you have any idea what year it might have been made, and price? Also there is a tiny Wendell’s mark with logo on the left side of cover, what might it mean?

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