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.
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".
Introduced in 1968 and the rarest of all Clavinet Models. The key colors are reversed.
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:
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.
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.
The Clavinet E7 & Pianet T in one unit. Really Heavy. Electronic controls enable the keyboard to be split into various Pianet/Clavinet combinations.