Author Topic: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration  (Read 623 times)

Offline Tim Hodges

  • Vendor
  • Mark II
  • *****
  • Posts: 763
  • Tim
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:22:19 PM »
This months task is a D6 I’ve recently acquired for a good price.

Prior to 1984 someone stripped all the tolex and painted the case black. Plan is to restore it back to it’s original status with proper tolex and original re-plated hardware.

First question though do I leave it’s interior black or sand it back down to the wood. I can’t decide! Thoughts?

https://flic.kr/p/CwAxt2

Here’s the rest of it:

https://flickr.com/photos/85013700@N00/sets/72157689967693724
« Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 05:24:24 PM by Tim Hodges »
Bristol Electric Piano
UK

Facebook
YouTube
Reverb.com

Offline Ben Bove

  • Vendor
  • MIDI Mark V
  • *****
  • Posts: 3273
  • Formerly bjammerz
    • View Profile
    • Retro Rentals Website
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 12:18:43 PM »
It might be near impossible to sand it back down to wood, especially in the corners / leg compartment.  I would think either lightly sand it down and redo a nice black finish inside, or look at chemical strippers to get into the crevices.  Only problem is, you don't know what's underneath and why someone went through the trouble to paint the insides black?  Glue residue, scratches, water damage... not sure if it was just cosmetic only?
Retro Rentals
Vintage Music Gear

http://www.RetroRentals.net
(818) 806-9606
info@retrorentals.net

FB: https://www.facebook.com/retrorentals.net/
IG: @RetroRentalsNet

Offline Tim Hodges

  • Vendor
  • Mark II
  • *****
  • Posts: 763
  • Tim
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 03:04:05 PM »
Realisation hit me shortly afterwards that I could never get it back to bare wood ;D So the interior is going to remain black, i’m going to sand down the outer section to do some repair work and then re-cover it.

If i’ve got some spare time over the holidays i’m also going to make a new case anyway. May do a run of lids for those missing them but we’ll wait and see!

Thanks for the reply Ben!
Bristol Electric Piano
UK

Facebook
YouTube
Reverb.com

Offline Tim Hodges

  • Vendor
  • Mark II
  • *****
  • Posts: 763
  • Tim
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 08:15:45 AM »
Does anyone have a template for re-tolexing a Clavinet D6 / C?

There doesn't appear to be anything online and unfortunately this Clavinet doesn't have it's covering so I can't use that as a template.

What I'm trying to work out is if it's just one sheet of vinyl or whether it's cut in to separate sections.

  • On one of the older Vintage Vibe C restorations on Flickr they used 3 separate sheets for the case, 2 for the sides then one for the main portion of the case (as you would a Fender Rhodes)
  • However on original Clavinet images it looks like it's one piece with a cut at each rear corner with very tight seams and the same with the front.

Can anyone clear this up for me?

Thanks
Bristol Electric Piano
UK

Facebook
YouTube
Reverb.com

Offline Peter Hayes

  • Vendor
  • Mark I
  • *****
  • Posts: 187
    • View Profile
    • http://www.elecedge.com
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2017, 08:31:28 AM »
Tim,
I have a scan of the D6 logo (in pdf format) that you can have a vinyl sticker made from. Drop me a line offline and I'll get it out later today.

peter@elecedge.com
Peter Hayes
Electronic Edge
http://www.elecedge.com
937-767-7174

Offline alenhoff

  • Mark I
  • ****
  • Posts: 533
    • View Profile
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2017, 08:39:35 AM »
However on original Clavinet images it looks like it's one piece with a cut at each rear corner with very tight seams and the same with the front.


On my D6, it's the one-piece method, which seems like it would be difficult to do well without a fair amount of practice.  I can understand why VV would use the three-piece method, and I would be tempted to do so, too.

Alan
« Last Edit: December 19, 2017, 08:41:57 AM by alenhoff »
1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
1968 Hohner Pianet N II
1966 Wurlitzer 140B
1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
1965 UK Vox Continental
1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
1977 Fender Twin Reverb
Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
(SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.wordpress.com/ )

Offline Tim Hodges

  • Vendor
  • Mark II
  • *****
  • Posts: 763
  • Tim
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2017, 09:53:14 AM »
Tim,
I have a scan of the D6 logo (in pdf format) that you can have a vinyl sticker made from. Drop me a line offline and I'll get it out later today.

peter@elecedge.com

Brilliant thanks Peter, that would be great (I'll send you a PM now.) I remember seeing the other thread where someone had considered trying to make a mask to spray the logo back on, seems tricky but I might try a few test runs with your logo to see if that'll work. 


On my D6, it's the one-piece method, which seems like it would be difficult to do well without a fair amount of practice.  I can understand why VV would use the three-piece method, and I would be tempted to do so, too.

Alan

Thanks Alan, good to confirm. I've got a few yards of the Marshall levant vinyl around which matches the original quite nicely so I'll see if I can try it in one piece first, if not then I can always fall back to cutting it in to three.

Bristol Electric Piano
UK

Facebook
YouTube
Reverb.com

Offline Peter Hayes

  • Vendor
  • Mark I
  • *****
  • Posts: 187
    • View Profile
    • http://www.elecedge.com
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2017, 10:16:38 AM »
I have always used 3 pieces for the lower section. Bear in mind that the Marshall levant will be thicker than the original covering on the D6.
Peter Hayes
Electronic Edge
http://www.elecedge.com
937-767-7174

Offline Ben Bove

  • Vendor
  • MIDI Mark V
  • *****
  • Posts: 3273
  • Formerly bjammerz
    • View Profile
    • Retro Rentals Website
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2017, 11:17:20 AM »
I recently used 1 piece for a factory C retolexing, and I can tell you it's a beast.  I had to very carefully cut a perfectly straight line on the back corners from top to bottom, to get the tolex pieces to marry right next to each other.  It looks great but there was no turning back if I slipped up.
Retro Rentals
Vintage Music Gear

http://www.RetroRentals.net
(818) 806-9606
info@retrorentals.net

FB: https://www.facebook.com/retrorentals.net/
IG: @RetroRentalsNet

Offline alenhoff

  • Mark I
  • ****
  • Posts: 533
    • View Profile
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2017, 01:33:25 PM »
>>I had to very carefully cut a perfectly straight line on the back corners from top to bottom>>

If you succeeded in doing that, you may have done a better job than the factory:  On my original D6, one corner is cut straight. The other is slightly curved.

I'm thinking this wasn't easily done by Hohner assemblers, either.

Alan
1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
1968 Hohner Pianet N II
1966 Wurlitzer 140B
1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
1965 UK Vox Continental
1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
1977 Fender Twin Reverb
Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
(SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.wordpress.com/ )

Offline Tim Hodges

  • Vendor
  • Mark II
  • *****
  • Posts: 763
  • Tim
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Re: 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2017, 02:08:43 PM »
Sounds like a bit of a challenge, should be fun over the Christmas period.

At the moment I’m restoring the case and having to dowel the areas where they drilled through and attached large steel clasp hinges. I’m tempted to fix the wood in front of the breakaway hinges, over time the front edge of the bottom case has become compacted so I may have to add a dutchman patch in oak to give it a bit more strength for the future.

I’ll keep you updated.
Bristol Electric Piano
UK

Facebook
YouTube
Reverb.com