Rare butterfly baby grand piano built by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Piano & Organ Company in 1937. Wurlitzer built a limited number of these piano's during the 30's and 40's. They are sought after by collectors and musicians alike. This one is restoration ready.
History of this Unique American Musical Instrument. Wurlitzer made at least three different versions of the 73 key model butterfly.Each had variations in appointments, such as legs, lyres, and sheet music stands. All were listed as 3 feet 9 inches overall length. Was a simple Art Deco model, closest in looks to the 88 key Deluxe. The Wurlitzer Deluxe Butterfly makes the ultimate Art Deco statement.
Streamlined elements, including a quartet of raised banding around the body. These are actually sound port slots that radiate all the way around the case, and allow sound to escape the cabinet. The "winged" lids open to reveal a secondary ported removable inner lid. These lids are decoratively cut out to allow the sound to ring out via a large F hole, similar to a violin, as well as multiple radial slots along the outer edge. The design of the music desk mimics the streamline banding around the case.
The design of the lyre and pedals follows the art deco detailing as well. An interesting internal feature of the Wurlitzer Butterfly was the adjustment screw on the bridge between the first two tenor bass strings. This screw adjusts pressure on a floating bar that is attached to the soundboard of the piano between the rim and a center point on the soundboard. As the note is played, pressure can be increased or decreased on this bar by turning the screw to achieve optimal tonal output.It has impressive volume and tone, considering the piano was designed to be less than 5 feet long! Attached are a few Detailed photos.
Link to keys being played. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pianos, Keyboards & Organs\Pianos\Grand & Baby Grand Pianos".The seller is "parmaantiquemall" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.