This is a clavinet, a type of electric piano instrument. It is the instrument that Stevie Wonder famously used on "Superstition", among many others. It's been featured on many classic songs and has a really unique sound that is comparable to a piano mixed with a guitar, for lack of a better description. The idea is that it's supposed to replicate a clavichord, though it definitely isn't entirely accurate. It's a highly rhythmic instrument that works best for funkier, more upbeat styles of music, in my opinion.
This particular model is an upgrade to Hohner's D6 model, which was considered the definitive clavinet. It has a five-octave range with sixty keys. There are also a lot of levers that can be pressed to slightly alter the sound of the instrument, which works by selecting different pickups. The pickups work similarly to a guitar pickup and in fact the strings that it presses are very similar to guitar strings.
This model is one of the more common nowadays, which is due to its superior structure and building. It is one of the more durable and lasting Clavinets because of this. While these aren't made anymore, they are still in demand by collectors.
If you collect vintage keyboards and love these with a passion, then I would highly recommend getting one. They are going to be extremely expensive nowadays as they are no longer manufactured. There are, however, great recreations and simulators. The Nords tend to be the best example of recreating the sound of electric pianos and organs, and their clavinet sounds are no exception. So if you must have the sound and don't need the actual instrument, that's another alternative to consider. But don't sleep on getting the real thing! It's a really cool instrument and while it is limited, the effects that you can run it through such as wah-wah, delay, and others make it a really cool and interesting sound to throw into the mix.
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mrbrown's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
C-the highlight the unique sound and fun to play on this instrument that is as alive as a Rhodes or a wurli
-On the model I have all tried to make it as well D6, duo or E7
and also with the three models I can truly say that each has its own clavinet sound, touch ...
you can not make general approach on a model, my E7 sounds much better than many I have played D6
and the duo also has its own sound, my three c him that I prefer.
-About the price it takes 1000, a price must be the nickel
I am separated from my E7 with regret because I really do not clavinets the usefulness of three.
I advise the person who would buy one to try first because the plans in Germany c cool but watch out for surprises (tips, state of the strings, tuning of touch and especially the sound).
no preference for the model, each judge for the scene knowing that I still advise the E7 less fragile.