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Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:04:33 AM »
Hello all,

Due to the good work put in by Steve (Paleophone) on the Wurlitzer dating and Ben's stage survey for the Rhodes I thought it might be a good idea to try to put together a resource to date and track Clavinet changes over the years.

Shortly I'll set up a online database to store this information but in the meantime if you've got a spare couple of minutes it would be great if you could submit the following:

Model:
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  • D6 Wood
  • D6 Metal - Black
  • E7
  • Duo
Serial: XXXXXX

Pre-amp Position: (D6 Wood Only)
  • Mounted to base
  • Mounted to rocker switches
Transformer Model Code:
Transformer Manufacture Code:
Modifications: (Optional)
Current Location: UK, Germany, US etc



Model: D6 Wood
Serial: 778179
Pre-amp Position: (D6 Wood Only) Mounted to base
Transformer Model Code: TR/BV 35569
Transformer Manufacture Code:  10 73
Estimated Hohner Manufacture Date:  Late 1973 / Early 1974
Modifications: N/A
Current Location: UK
« Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 04:02:46 PM by Tim Hodges »
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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2017, 12:25:38 PM »
Great idea!  There are definitely some anomalies out there.  Like you mention about the black D6... when I show up with a D-6 but it's "in the black and metal E-7 shell," people are highly confused and don't think it's factory.

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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 01:04:27 PM »
I’ve never really understood why they branded it D6. I mean the preamp was different and so was  the case so what was original from the D6 line to name it so? I know you have both so you might be able to help answer it!  I used to have a Duo which uses the same preamp (just some more of the components were installed compared to the E7. But it’s been so long I can’t remember!
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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2018, 12:09:37 PM »
I'd like to know when the E7 damper was changed from D6 style(straight, wood) to angled and plastic.
 I was under the impression that the Duo was the last production clavinet, but I have not seen an angled damper control on any Duo I've seen. I have seen both versions on E7 clavinets.

Production dates, serials might help, but this thread is not getting any action:(

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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 06:28:54 PM »
Came across an interesting old site regarding a NOS D6 clav in a metal case, apparently a letter from Hohner Canada:

"This is a rare version of the Clavinet... The original Clavinet D6 was Hohner Model Number HK205. This version of the Clavinet is Hohner Model Number HK215 and is know as the D6-N... It is apparently a D6 Clav in an E7 Case... Some short time later, the updated E7 was introduced...

This information came to me in the form of a letter dated 23 October 1979 from G. W. Wilson, General Manager of Hohner Canada Inc. when I inquired about the D6-N we received instead of the D6 we ordered...

As well, in the letter, Wilson states that the original D6 was discontinued earlier in 1979 with 'N' (for 'new') being it's replacement... What I personally REALLY believed happened was that the E7 was developed and ready to ship in 1979. The factory ran out of D6 cases, BUT still had some D6 chassis to sell. So, the remaining D6's put into E7 cabinets until the D6's were sold out... Then the E7 was rolled out... Some Clavinet experts are not even aware of the D6-N's existence..."

http://www.mesonline.com/keyboards/details_hohner_clavd6n.html#image12
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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2018, 08:08:39 PM »
Has anyone ever seen this website?

http://www.hohner-clavinet.com/hohner_clavinet/

I wonder if the people behind this site have any of that information that could be of assistance in a production survey.  Go to the links tab at the top to see their pages for Pianets and Cembalets.

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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 11:18:50 AM »
Dear All,

Great idea Tim, thanks for starting this thread. I have a D6 that I believe is completely original and untouched, apart from the hammer tips which I carefully replaced after the old orange tips turned to sludge. It came with the original legs, handbook and perspex music stand. I can't see any signs of any work having being carried to on this fantastic instrument. I understand it spent most of its life stashed under someones bed in darkest Wales!

It plays really very well, I use it with either a Fender Twin re-issue or run it thru my Rhodes Suitcase (Janus).

Is there a way of finding out the manufacture date from the serial number?

Model: D6 Wood
Serial: 806220
Pre-amp Position: Mounted to rocker switches
Transformer Model Code: TBC
Transformer Manufacture Code:  TBC
Estimated Hohner Manufacture Date:  not known
Modifications: None
Current Location: UK

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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 11:20:14 AM »
A Couple more photos of D6 S/N 806220


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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 11:22:38 AM »
And a few more photos of D6 S/N 806220

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Re: Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2018, 11:25:15 AM »
Finally, the original manual & pictured in good company!