Sunday, May 4, 2014


Hohner Clavinet back panel logo

A friend got nearly through the Vintage Vibes Clavinet restoration kit, after finding a battered Hohner Clavinet for $150, before having a loss of heart. He had replaced all the strings and the wool (with sticky strip) and changed all the rubber feet. He tuned a few octaves, but it was sounding pretty wretched and very abstract. I didn't see it in its "as is" condition, but I believe it was not even an instrument at that point. He did a great job and I'm glad I didn't have to do those bits.

Hohner Clavinet serial # plate
I was able to lower the bottom pickup slightly to prevent it from muting the top octave or two, add slight bridging adjustments to prevent some rattles, adjust the hammer-tips here and there and finally tune it 99%. One of the two pickups was cracked through in two places and wasn't working properly. Replacements are quite pricey and the working pickup was sounding pretty great at than point so it was rushed to the studio!

Hohner Clavinet - under the tone
switches sits the pre-amp.
I was very sad to see it go as it was incredibly fun to play and had a totally unique tone. Bass, guitar, harp, harpsichord. Very quick action with solid feeling keys. I want one now.

Taking a break (with a broken ankle).
Getting there!