Wurlitzer 120 Electronic Piano 1957

Wurlitzer 120 Electronic Piano

Wurlitzer 120 Electronic Piano

If you’ve seen the movie ‘Ray’ with Jamie Fox, then you should already recognise this piece. To be honest, when I first saw it I thought it was a reproduction or CGI — but no, it really is a pristine 1957 Wurlitzer 120.

The production company hired it from a New Jersey restoration workshop called Vintage Vibe (famous for their philosophy of ‘peace and happiness’). They had bought it from the original owner’s son.

Much like a Hollywood celebrity, the piano had remained in a closet for the previous forty years and was still in mint condition — no scratches whatsoever, no oxidation, complete with all paperwork, a rare side-box tremolo switch, and the original tube amp with Jensen P12N speaker.

The later 200A is undoubtedly the most popular of the Wurlitzer models, but this special little 120 has a unique charm. And it’s a very different tone compared to the more famous Rhodes — more bark, less chime. But it’s apples and oranges, really.

Jensen

Jensen P12N