time, the Wurlitzer EP200 was the only serious alternative to the
Rhodes electric piano and found fame with bands such as the Small
Faces, Supertramp and many, many others. Generally, it tended to
be more popular in the UK than elsewhere where the Rhodes was favoured
(especially in 'jazzier' circles).
Like the Rhodes, the sound was created
by a hammer hitting small flat 'reeds'. The vibration of these reeds
was turned into an electrical signal using an electrostatic pickup
going to a mono output. The sound is not dissimilar to a Rhodes
but has a brighter quality to it (exaggerated in Supertramp's hit
The EP200's simple front panel offered
just volume and a single control that governed a 'tremolo' effect
(simple amplitude modulation).