The Hohner Pianet confusion

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I'd just like to point potential Hohner Pianet bidders towards the truth as there seems to be a lot of confusion about the different types of these great popular electric pianos.

The most common type of Pianet appearing on Ebay is the Pianet 'T' from the mid - late 70s. This is the one covered in black tolex, and simply requires plugging into an amplifier, does not have a power supply etc. It is a nice sounding keyboard, sounds a bit like a Rhodes but less powerful, and is very portable. New 'sticky pads' are shortly to be made available from clavinet.com which apparently make it sound much better. However, the 'T' is NOT the Pianet used by The Beatles, Genesis, Roxy Music, The Zombies, Led Zep*, Small Faces** etc as is frequently stated in listings for these instruments.

The recognisable instrument used in the late 60s / early 70s by these bands and others was the Pianet 'N', which used a similar method of reeds 'plucked' by sticky leather and foam pads, but had a much louder, more aggressive 'bark' type sound, much closer to the Wurlitzer, due to it's mains powered electrostatic pick up. These models had built-in vibrato, and came originally with a volume pedal, although these often disappear in time. They are recognisable by their natural wood finish ('N' standing for natural, 'T' standing for tolex so the story goes), are much more sought after, very rare and rarely appear on Ebay. There are also the even rarer 'C', 'M', 'L' and  'Compact' models which sound the same as the 'N' with varying specifications.

I hope I don't come across as a bit of a preacher here, I simply wish to point out the facts. I have owned both 'T' and 'N' type pianets, the 'T' I bought originally thinking it to be the same instrument as the one used by some of those heroes. It isn't! It is, however, a very useful keyboard in it's own right, and I would recommend anyone to try one, just don't expect to get the opening chords form 'I Am The Walrus' out of it..

*Led Zeppelin used a Hohner Electra-Piano

** Small Faces used a Hohner Cembalet - different stories altogether..!

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