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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Cembalet N Switch
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:34:27 PM »
I just got a Cembalet N that I am working on restoring.  It was super noisy when I got it, so I recapped the board and now I'm waiting for new pluckers and dampers to arrive in the mail.  It's a bit less noisy now that it's been recapped, but the switch on the left cheek block is a mystery.  It seems like it should be a tone switch, but the up and down positions are still super noisy and crackly.  Only the middle position sounds pretty clean (the entire instrument seems to have a bit of hum to it).  I can't quite determine where it fits in the schematic either.  I am using the 100mV output and the Cembalet has the original swell pedal.  Anyone have any idea what that switch is for or why those two positions sound like crap?  Thanks!

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Hohner Pianet T volume
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:18:19 PM »
I've found great results with a 7-band EQ pedal and a compression pedal.  I found this one on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/JOYO-JF-10-Dynamic-Compressor-Guitar/dp/B007T8CUNG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1513725307&sr=8-2&keywords=joyo+compressor) - it isn't too expensive, and it really fattens up the sound, increases the overall volume, and helps even out the response of each note - as a good compressor should. 

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Cembalet Pluckers?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:04:06 PM »
Out of curiosity, who makes and sells replacement Cembalet pluckers?  I've heard that replacements are available, but obviously not through clavinet.com or Ken Rich.

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Did you ever try replacing the transistors?

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Pianet Sticky Pad Issues
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:52:56 PM »
I've put several of the replacement pads in the Pianet, and after about a month of regular playing, they have held up just fine.  I think it took about a month for the foam on the last batch to start tearing, so we shall see how it goes over the next few weeks.

Oddly enough, this was not the first defective batch of pads that I got from Ken.  On the first set I bought, the leather was not secured to the foam, and would fall right off!  This happened as early as when I first tried taking them out of the package.  Neither the leather nor the foam was damaged, the adhesive between the two just wasn't working.  Apparently this was a flaw that he knew about, so he sent a replacement batch for these - which ended up being the "tearing foam" batch!  He's been really helpful through this process, and I'm grateful that he builds and sells this product.

I've experimented with rescuing the first batch of pads (the ones with the bad adhesive) by gluing the leather and foam back together using Elmer's Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive.  I've done a total of 5 so far and have had them in the Pianet for about a month now without any problem!  So on the bright side, it looks like I may have enough replacement pads to last me a while. :)

Side note - has anyone else here ever played a model L?  That's the model I have, and there doesn't seem to be too much information out there about this one, aside from the Kingsmen's famous use of it.

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Pianet Sticky Pad Issues
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:42:52 AM »
The copper ribbon on the keyshafts was added by me.  It reduced a ton of noise, regardless of what kind of pads I was using.  It doesn't appear that it ever had silicone pads on it, since the original (deteriorated) pads were still on there when I bought it. 

Ken sent me a few replacement pads.  The only visible difference that I can tell is that the replacements have a much thinner piece of leather than the "defective" set.  Otherwise the foam appears to be identical.  I guess I will wait and see how they hold up and report back here later on.

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It didn't exactly turn my Pianet T into an N, but I started running the T through a volume booster pedal, a compression pedal, and a tremolo pedal.  Really beefed up the sound of the instrument and even allowed it to bark a bit more.  I used it all over my band's last EP to great effect.  Still not an N, but now a useful and super unique electric piano sound in its own right. 

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Pianet Sticky Pad Issues
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:38:28 PM »
The first image shows the first few keys on the bass side of the keyboard.  The shafts seem to be straight for the most part.  All across the keyboard, the black keys seem to sit a bit lower than the white keys.  The pads first started tearing on the black keys, but now it seems to have been happening just as much with the white keys.  The second image shows my finger on a key that sits particularly low, I was trying to get a shot of how compressed the foam was.  The final image shows two of the torn pads.

Below is a link to a video of one of the black keys being played.  When I depress the key slowly, you can see how the foam kind of stretches before the pad releases from the reed.  Not as noticeable when I depress the key quickly (normal playing style). 




https://youtu.be/pGefP1qbW30

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Pianet Sticky Pad Issues
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:47:19 AM »
So if the shaft is straight, is it acceptable for the foam to compress as the pad rests on the reed?

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Pianet Sticky Pad Issues
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:28:50 AM »
Has anyone else ever had issues with their 'sandwich' style Pianet replacement pads?  I'm having trouble with a brand new set where the foam itself is tearing apart.  Could they be too sticky?  Keyshafts sitting too low?  Just wanted to see if anyone else has had these issues, since I have not read about anything like this happening with brand new pads. 

On a slightly related note, what methods are there to adjust the height of the keyshafts, short of buying the clavinet.com tool?

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Pianets - are they usually so noisy?
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:11:20 PM »
Was there hum in the noise before you replaced the preamp?  What about a buzz coming from inside the instrument?

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Pianets - are they usually so noisy?
« on: September 08, 2017, 09:04:42 PM »
So I just got a Pianet L.  It wasn't working when I got it, so I got new sticky pads, then had a local amp tech (who just worked on an N) replace some caps, add a 3-prong power cord, replace the dead volume pot, and add the copper shielding tape.  The thing is, the Pianet is still quite noisy - a combination of white noise and mains hum.  It's nowhere near as bad as before the tech worked on it, but it's still quite noticeable, especially when plugging direct into a mixing board or PA (it's better through my Fender Deluxe).  I found that putting a AC ground lift adapter on the 3-prong cord actually reduces some of the lower frequency hum.  Mechanically, everything works perfectly.  Reeds all vibrate as they should, and Ken Rich's sticky pads work fantastic!

My question is this - is this amount of noise typical or acceptable for an older Pianet?  The only other kind I've ever played is a T, so I have no point of reference.  The instrument itself produces an audible buzz from the general area of the keyboard's electronics, and I wonder if this has something to do with the noise in the output.  I can upload some recordings of the noise if that would help.  Thanks!

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Pianet Model Names and Differences
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:52:51 PM »
Can anyone provide insight on what the different model names of the Hohner Pianet were supposed to mean?  Somewhere way back, I was under the impression that N referred to the Natural finish and that T referred to the Tolex finish.  This despite the fact that they were never produced at the same time.  Then I learned of the existence of the original unnamed model, the C, CH, L, LB, and Combo.  The first and last ones are seem self explanatory enough to me.  But what about the others?  It seems unlikely to me that N stands for natural, since all of the other early models have natural wood finishes, and from what I understand, all the models except the Combo came before the N.  I wonder if perhaps the letters stand for German words that are obvious descriptive words for the models, but get lost in the translation.

What are even the differences between the unnamed, C, and CH?  They all seem cosmetically identical to me.  Is it something different internally?  Isn't the N basically the same instrument, only in a slightly smaller case?

The only model name I can make an educated guess on is the LB, with B standing for Battery, since the LB is the battery-powered version of the L.  But of course, what does L stand for?  My guess on that one would be that it stands for Louie, since the L was the one used by the Kingsmen  :P

But seriously, any answers or guesses to these answers would be great to know!

Oh, and I almost forgot about the M - which a suppose stands for Modulator, Hohner's name for the phaser circuit built into the unit.

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