Hohner Clavinet maintenance and repair

 

The Hohner Clavinet was produced from the early sixties until the early eighties. This means every Clavinet will be over 35 years old by now. It’s assumable, if your Clavinet is still in stock condition, it probably isn’t functioning properly anymore. Known symptoms are:

 

– Out of tune

– Dead keys

– Difference in sound and volume of every key 

– Double striking

– Hum and noise in signal

– Click- and pop noises when striking and releasing a key

– Bad damping (especially on lower keys)

 

All these unwanted symptoms can be fixed by Vintage Instrument Service. Three standard service packages are offered. All rates are including materials and excluding VAT. Scroll further below to check the most common services for a Clavinet D6 and E7.

 

Hohner Clavinet package 1 €125,- incl vat

Tuning

– Voicing

 

The Clavinet has a very primitive tuning mechanism, therefore it needs tuning on a regular bases. When voicing a Clavinet all volumes and sounds per key are equalized.

 

Hohner Clavinet package 2 €425,- incl vat

Tuning

– Voicing

– Replacing key bushings

– Replacing key springs

– Replacing hammertips

 

Package 2 includes package 1 and also the replacement of some materials inside the Clavinet. Replacing the keybushings and spring will make your action like new. No more noise, stuck keys and keyplay anymore. Replacing the hammertips ensures an optimal strike of the string and makes sure the hammertips don’t stick on the strings like old ones do that get dried out and sticky. This is where the unwanted pop noises are coming from. 

 

Hohner Clavinet package 3 €500,- incl vat

– Tuning

– Voicing

– Replacing key bushings

– Replacing key springs

– Replacing hammertips

– Rebuilding preamp (D6 only)

 

Package 3 includes package 2 and a rebuild pre-amp which will make the Clavinet quiter, less hum and less noise. It never will go away entirely since the singlecoil pickups in Clavinet will always give some noise. But with this rebuild the Clavinet will be quiter than before. If you want you Clavinet to be more quite, pre-amp replacement with an aftermarket pre-amp and even aftermarket humbucker pickups will do the job. See below for prices. replacment of the strings and damperyarn, which ensures a fresh and clear sound and also proper damping of the strings.

 

Hohner Clavinet packege 4 €875,- incl vat

– Tuning

– Voicing

– Replacement key bushings

– Replacement key springs

– Replacement hammertips

– Replacement strings

– Replacement dampingyarn

– Rebuilding pre-amp (D6 only)

 

Package 4 includes package 3 and replacment of the strings and damperyarn with clavigel from Vintage Vibe, which ensures a fresh and clear sound and also proper damping of the strings.

 

Repair and modifications

At Vintage Instrument Service its also possible to have repairs or modifications done. See below a list with prices. Prices are with materials and VAT included.

 

 Tuning € 50
 Voicing € 50
 Replacing key bushings  € 125
 Replacing key springs (only with key bushings) € 75
 Rebuilding pre amp  € 80
 Replacing strings (tuning and new clavigel damping included)  € 350
 replacing damping yarn with clavigel € 150
 Replacing hammertips  € 110
 Replacing one string  € 10
 Replacing 1x pickup, contact us for possibilities, vanaf € 225
 New preamp from Vintage Vibe incl autowha and assembly € 500

 

Every other repair or modification can be done for a rate of €70,- per hour including VAT, but excluding materials. Contact us for more info. Above prices are for models D6 and E7. Prices can vary a bit if your Clavinet is a model I, II, C or duo.

 

Vintage Instrument Service does work on location. See the costs here.