Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer, originally began his company in Cincinnati as an importer of woodwind and brass instruments direct from Germany in the 1850s. By 1880, the Wurlitzer brand diversified into manufacturing upright and grand pianos in 1880 and moved premises to New York.VIEW OUR WURLITZER PIANOS
Over time, Wurlitzer added other stringed and percussion instruments to their portfolio, including pipe and theatres organs and electronic pianos and also began producing jukeboxes. In 1935, by customer demand, it began to sell spinet pianos, a shorter and more compact type of piano, successfully.
The beautifully ornate Wurlitzer Butterfly Art Deco Deluxe, model 1411, has 88 keys and symmetrical lids that portray the shape of butterfly wings when open. It also has a unique banding around the body of piano, which are sound slots that allow sound to be emitted when the lids are closed.
After being a family run business for over 100 years, Wurlitzer became part of the Gibson Guitar Company, and now mostly produces jukeboxes at its factory in Hullhorst, Germany.