New Wurlitzer "Super Site" launched!
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Designed and maintained by Simon Beck, AlphaBeck Designs, London, UK
Last updated February 17, 2007, with thanks to four kind donors.

This site is non-commercial. It makes no money by itself, and I don't want to force
anyone to pay for the information here. So if you find what you want here and
you feel it's been worthwhile, why not donate what you think it's worth?

Click this nice button to help support the Hall!
Give US$20 or more, and I'll even send you a complimentary
copy of my EXCLUSIVE Vintage Keyboards Screensaver!

Eventually I would like this to become a definitive guide to the various makes and models of electric piano that have been made over the years.

Quick Links to List of
Known Electric Pianos

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:
A brief survey of ELECTRONIC pianos.

Who played what?
...And on what recordings?

"Frequently Asked Questions"
(OK, I made some of them up...)


Guestbook? Sorry...
Due to a lack of relevant postings and an increasing amount of "Spam", I have reluctantly decided to retire the Guestbook. If you have any comments regarding the Hall of Electric Pianos, feel free to send me an e-mail.


The name comes from a dream I had many years ago. In my dream, I was in the ballroom of an abandoned mansion, with a high ceiling, polished wooden floor and green marble pilasters lining the walls. And the room was full of old keyboards, from harpsichords to combo organs to electric pianos of every kind.

What is an electric piano?

Generally, it is an electromechanical keyboard instrument, whose sound is percussive rather than sustained. It is therefore neither:

an organ
a synthesiser
an electronic piano

I will, however include electric harpsichords, clavichords and similar instruments in this category, as they meet the criteria.


Inspired by the long-established and highly-respected Fender Rhodes Super Site (www.fenderrhodes.com), a few intrepid individuals have taken it upon themselves to create an equivalent for the Fender Rhodes' erstwhile rival, the Wurlitzer electric piano. Although it's still in its early stages, the new site (www.wurlitzeronline.com) already boasts photos, history and a lively forum. Contributions are welcome from all, and especially from Wurlitzer technicians and former employees.

There is an interesting thread and poll at the new Wurly site's Forum - what do you use (other than a real Wurly!) to get "that" sound? To post and poll, just sign up at the Forum - it's completely free!

First Photos!!!

A red 61 and a white 88 on the Rhodes stand at NAMM '07

The black 73 Suitcase in action on the Rhodes stand
Above photos first published at the Fender Rhodes Super Site

The portable, affordable one? 61-note Mk 7 with passive controls in a rather nice red

The Mk 7 73-note Suitcase

David Benoit rocks out on the Mk 7 Suitcase at the NAMM Harold Rhodes Tribute Concert

George Duke plays the white 88 Stage in honour of the late Harold B Rhodes

The white 88 again
Photos reproduced courtesy of Max Zape

We were first with the news early last year that new electromechanical Rhodes pianos would be in production soon. Since then, things have been very quiet. Many people began to think it was all hype.

Well, NAMM '07 is here, and the new Rhodes instruments ARE on show at booth #5811.

The new "Mk 7" pianos are indeed electromechanical, and there will be a range of sizes and specifications available, from a 61-note passive model to an 88-note active version with MIDI. Wooden keys, Mk V action and lighter weight than previous models are listed among other attributes. And yes, there IS a Suitcase version! Production instruments are due to appear in the autumn of 2007.

Check out the Rhodes Music Corporation's website for further information.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Electric Pianos will keep you updated.

You've seen the site -
(or the mug, mouse mat, gig bag...)


After a break of two years, it's back! The web's only magazine dedicated to pre-digital electric and electronic keyboard instruments is proud to announce the launch of the long-awaited Issue 4.

Go there now!


The Hall of Electric Pianos is proud to host the ONLY official online Wurlitzer Electric Piano Technical Manual. It's available FREE as a 6.5MB(!) PDF and covers models from the 140B onwards, including all educational models and the bizarre 270 Baby Butterfly Grand.

Due to popular demand, "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly", our dungeon of ELECTRONIC (NOT electric) pianos now has its very own Yahoo Group, hosted by myself. It's called CIEP. That stands for Cheap Italian Electronic Pianos.

Join if you dare: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/ciep

*The Vintage Keyboards Screensaver was designed, drawn and programmed entirely by Simon Beck, and is only given to those who have in some way helped to support the Hall of Electric Pianos. It will run on PC-compatible computers running Windows 95 upwards.


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