Wurlitzer Electric Piano

Description (Brief)
This electric piano was made by the Wurlitzer Company, in Dekalb, Illinois, around 1972-1973. It is model 200A serial #129394L, and has 2 control knobs: volume and vibrato, plastic lid, vinyl-covered wood case, and 4 detachable chrome-plated tapered legs. The "L" serial number designation indicates that this piano was manufactured in Wurlitzer's Logan, Utah plant. This model, 200A, continued in production into 1980.
Jazz musician and composer, Duke Ellington, used this piano during many of his travels and would use it to compose and play music, sometimes in the middle of the night.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
Date made
1972-1973
user
Ellington, Duke
maker
Wurlitzer Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 18 cm x 98 cm x 48 cm; 7 1/16 in x 38 9/16 in x 18 7/8 in
leg, each: 26 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 66.675 cm x 10.795 cm x 9.525 cm
Place Made
United States: Illinois, DeKalb
ID Number
1999.0148.01
serial number
129394L
model number
200A
accession number
1999.0148
catalog number
1999.0148.01
subject
Blacks
Jazz
African American
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Pianos
Exhibition
Artifact Walls
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Donated by Edward K. and Gaye Ellington in memory of their grandfather "Duke" Ellington
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