Wurlitzer “Butterfly” Baby Grand Piano

$24,999.00 $5,500.00

 

 

Wurlitzer 73 Key Butterfly Model 230

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.

Wurlitzer 73 Key Butterfly Model 230

A collector’s item.

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3′ 10″ Pecan finish.

* Case design by William Zaiser patent drawing USD103261

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Description

Wurlitzer Pianos is one of the oldest names in the piano manufacturing industry in the United States. The quality of their pianos can be lined up with the best names in the realm of piano manufacturing and design.

Company History

Wurlitzer was established in 1853 by Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer. He built a piano manufacturing plant in Ohio in 1861, and four years later, he opened a retail shop, expanding his distribution across the Unites States. In 1880 Wurlitzer began to make pianos, and the company grew and became particularly well known for military and mechanical instruments.

This little piano was known as the Butterfly Grand built by the famous Rudolph Wurlitzer Piano & Organ Company in about 1938. This piano has 73 notes rather than 88 notes, but is otherwise a normal, conventional piano in every way. Wurlitzer built only a limited number of these little pianos during the 30s and 40s era. They were designed for smaller homes and apartments of the era, making them ideal for people with limited space for a baby grand. Sadly, there are very few of these little pianos left in existence today. They are very rare and desirable among collectors and musicians alike. This piano is tuned to standard concert pitch, and can be used as a normal piano for daily use. It has an impressive tone for its small size!