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Hohner Clavinet D6

Hohner Clavinet D6
John Paul Jones, ca. May 1975, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London England
General Specs
Keys: 60
Controls: (6) Rocker switches for pickup arrangement and polarity (Brilliant, Treble, Medium, Soft, A/B, C/D), Volume regulator with switch
Output: (1) Mono 1/4" Jack
Years In use: ca. January 1974 - September 1984
Website: http://www.hohner.eu/
John Paul Jones used the Clavinet on the Physical Graffiti album, and his use of the Clavinet became a rock standard, copied by many other Clavinet players. It first appeared on Custard Pie, where the Clavinet sounds like a very percussive guitar track.

Trampled Underfoot is Jones' classic Clavinet track, and it was one of their best songs when played live. The song begins with the Clavinet part, and its heavy, driving "stomp" rhythm pushes the song throughout. It is fairly simple, but leaves room for the fascinating guitar effects. The Clavinet solo is an energetic and busy chordal improvisation. As the solo plays, a second Clavinet track is added -- a dark, muted sound that was created by running the Clavinet through a wah-wah pedal set back to a very low range. On the studio version, John Paul Jones played electric bass; live, the steady bass part was replicated on his floor bass pedals.

In The Light (also from Physical Graffiti) uses the Clavinet as a harpsichord-like sound during the breaks at 3:54 and 6:35.

Jones recalls recording most of the Clavinet parts "direct" (that is, using a D.I. transformer box directly into the mixer). On stage, however, he used Fender Dual Showman Reverb amplifiers for the keyboards. Most of the keyboards sounded quite bad through the Fenders, and he was happy to change to a better system in 1977, but he still feels the Clavinet sounded best through those earlier guitar amps.

Photos

Hohner Clavinet D6
John Paul Jones & Jimmy Page, Trampled Underfoot, ca. May 1975, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England
Hohner Clavinet D6
John Paul Jones, Trampled Underfoot, August 04, 1979, Knebworht House Grounds, Stevenage, England
Hohner Clavinet D6
John Paul Jones & Jimmy Page, Trampled Underfoot, March 20, 1980, Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium

Resources and Information:

http://www.gti.net/junebug/clavinet/d6man.html
http://www.geocities.com/~jpjkeys (defunct)
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