Hohner Clavinet

Keyboard

The Hohner Clavinet is a keyboard that replicated the sound of a harpsichord or clavichord. Originally designed for classical music, it became popular with funk musicians. It was used by Prince on the For You and Prince albums. It is mentioned in the credits to For You. 

By the time I joined him, my personal setup was just a Minimoog, a Rhodes, a Farfisa VIP 345 with a Leslie speaker cabinet, and a Freeman string synthesizer. At that same time, he had all this gear he bought with money from his record deal, so I integrated what I had with what he had. I got rid of the Freeman and went to an ARP String Ensemble, and the old Oberheim Four-Voices and S.E.M. modules. I kept the Minimoog, and added a [Hohner] Clavinet and an ARP Pro-Soloist... a lot of stuff! It was a Rick Wakeman kind of setup. Then, as time went on, I pared things down, and every year kept updating as things changed.

Used By

  • Prince, Dr Fink
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