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Wurlitzer Electric Piano

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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 (leg)
user
Ellington, Duke
maker
Wurlitzer Company
Date made
1972-1973
Credit Line
Gift of Edward K. and Gaye Ellington in memory of their grandfather "Duke" Ellington
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
Object Name
piano
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
Exhibition
Artifact Walls
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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
Place Made
United States: Illinois, De Kalb