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Repairing Wurlitzer vs Rhodes
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Repairing Wurlitzer vs Rhodes

I want to buy a Whurlie and there are some good deals for some with broken reeds or other things. I repaired a Rhodes MKII without any issues a few years ago - soldered all new pickups, some keys, tuned it etc.

Is the Wurlitzer more complicated? Are the electronics more advanced? Can all the parts be easily sourced?
Old 1 week ago
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I've recently rehabbed one. I relied heavily on the Vintagevibe.com online videos, and they have almost all the parts you'll need. I say almost because most people reroute and shield the AC wiring to cut down on hum, and they use copper foil tape to do it, which is readily available but not from VV.

All in all it went well for me. If I did it again I'd probably try rerouting the AC line around the lower back of the case in mu-metal conduit.

The least fun part for me was routing out the case (really hard maple) to replace the cheater cord socket with an IEC, but if you have the original power cord you can skip that.
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