The earlier Wurlitzer design became quite a hit and seeing its potential, the manufacturers decided to tweak it further, and the electric version of the piano was born.
Hammers, covered with felts, were placed inside the piano, and the hammer struck against metallic reeds to produce the Wurly tone.
And how was the tone generated? Using pickups, which you see in electric guitars and other electric music equipment!
The vibrations of the reeds were picked up by a pickup system, which converted the tone into electric energy, which was then amplified and fed to the speakers.
This mechanism resulted in a rich and fat tone.
Wurlitzer electric pianos were made in several different styles such as Uprights, Studios, Spinets, etc.
These came with built-in speakers, which were kept in front of the piano.
Overall, the pianos were light, and much easier to carry and transport. In addition, the peculiar tone ensured that these became the preferred instrument for several musicians for gigging.
The unique sound also made it blend nicely with several guitar bands, and it soon became heard in several popular pop and rock music.
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