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Hohner Clavinet Model "I"

Invented in Germany by Ernst Zacharias, the clavinet was introduced in 1964 by Hohner. Based on the clavichord, the instrument was designed for classical music. The model was to have a built-in amp and speaker system.

Hohner Clavinet Model "II"

Hohner Clavinet Model "C"

Introduced in 1968. White Top with Red Tolex. Each pickup in this model has two magnets; this gives the "C" a unique tone. This model was used on Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious".

Hohner Clavinet Model "L"

Introduced in 1968 and the rarest of all Clavinet Models. The key colors are reversed.

Hohner Clavinet Model "D6"

Introduced in 1971. Woodgrain-applique with black tolex. This is arguably the most popular clavinet and "THE" model to have. Improvements over previous models include:

* Four tone switches for sound shaping.
* Sliding mute lever.
* AC power jack.

Original equipment includes: grey tolex lid, plexiglass music stand, four metal legs, leg bag, tuning key (flat-head screwdriver), and a power cable.

* The optional "Foot Swell" pedal is nothing more than an in-line volume pedal which plugs into the 1/4" jack going to the amplifier.

Hohner Clavinet Model "E7"

Introduced in 1977. Black on Black. This model includes better shielding and a noise filter added into the circuit. The case was slightly redesigned; The flip top lid was replaced with a metal cover and the switch panel was moved up. The volume potentiometer was changed to a slider type, and a power switch was added. Although not as attractive-looking as its predecessor, it is far more roadworthy.

Hohner Clavinet / Pianet "Duo"

The Clavinet E7 & Pianet T in one unit. Really Heavy. Electronic controls enable the keyboard to be split into various Pianet/Clavinet combinations.