The Hohner Clavinet is modeled after the clavichord. This was a instrument
designed for practice or solo playing in the 17th
and 18th centuries,
an instrument whose tone is not loud enough for anything but a small
room. In the clavichord the string is struck or touched by a tangent
of brass. The clavinet, however, uses a tangent tipped with rubber. Sadly,
the material Hohner used for it's tips, called Urepan, breaks down quickly
over time. A re-tipping is a very routine part of a Clav overhaul.
A variety of adjustments can be made according to a player's taste.
The clav can be set up with a slightlt shallow key dip, for incredibly
fast playing. Alternatively, the key dip can be magnified to maximize
At Mad Scientist, we'll clean and protect all of your key grommets,
align and set your keybed, replace missing screws and springs, and do
whatever else it takes to get your Clavinet playing it's absolute best.