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My homemade electric clavichord
#3033284 03/14/20 04:07 PM
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Hey guys,
I thought I'd share with you this project that I've been working on in the last few weeks.
https://youtu.be/LzgVNZ7FYTU
The keyboard comes from an old discarded piano, and the metal used to make the welded frame comes from a bed frame that was given to me.
Also, while I have a link in my forum signature, I'm taking this opportunity to invite you to take a look at my youtube channel, where I mostly post videos of my keyboard-related instruments. I really have nothing to sell, just want to share the ideas.
Thanks for watching!
Martin


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Very cool - it sounds great!

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Vraiment super Martin. Herbie on point!


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I’m impressed - nice thinking and implementation.

Don’t let Behringer copy it..........

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lightbg #3033478 03/15/20 04:04 PM
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Thanks guys!
Originally Posted by lightbg

Don’t let Behringer copy it..........

Actually I wouldn't mind, this way I could buy one for cheap and focus on practicing complain about how it's not the way I want, why there should be more keys, and single coils instead of humbuckers, or humbuckers instead of single coils, and built-in effects!


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Most excellent! Piano strings?


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bourniplus #3033747 03/17/20 11:19 AM
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Many of the strings in the middle of the range are 0.022" music wire (so a bit smaller than the smallest piano wire, but bigger than, say, a B string on a guitar). The lowest ones are 0.070" wound electric bass strings, and the top E is 0.010". I still have some experimenting to do to make the transitions smoother.
I think that normal piano wire, along with heavier keys, could give an AMAZING tone, but that would probably require a stronger frame than what I have now.


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This is fun. I checked out your YouTube channel, and like the various instruments you've been developing.
And I enjoyed hearing the variety of music that you played on the instrument. Looking forward to hearing more!


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bourniplus #3034353 03/20/20 10:05 PM
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Thanks! I've been working on it some more. The pickup was actually four single-coil pickups in series, and while I liked the tone, I decided to try to do something about the hum which was really annoying, even with a lot of shielding. So I'm now re-arranging the string layout so that only three pickups are needed. I may have to resort to humbuckers anyway but I think it's going to be a step in the right direction.


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bourniplus #3034521 03/22/20 08:58 AM
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Great craftsmanship and playing!


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bourniplus #3036663 04/04/20 12:58 AM
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Hi guys,
I experimented some more with the pickups. For the moment there is one "pickup bar" above the strings, about 1/4 of the length. This would be similar to the neck position on a guitar. Here's what it sounds like in a jazzy tune: https://youtu.be/vnGEqU4EO2c
At the end, I tried to demonstrate the "octave harmonic" effect by putting my finger at the half of the strings.
And there is another pickup bar under the strings, about 1/6 of the length, which is kind of a bridge position, and more aggressive and similar to the classic Clavinet tone I guess. I recorded a tune with this pickup setting: https://youtu.be/lhMOe_ptvGI
As you'll see I've also started working on the case.
Lately I've been having fun plugging straight in a mixer, listening through headphones and adding lots of reverb, and trying some, ahem, classical stuff. I'll try recording something along those lines eventually.


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Hey guys, it's me again,
here is #13 from Bach's Goldberg variations, using the electric clavichord, and Rhodes for the left-hand part. They're both plugged into my pair of Roland CM30 (small powered speakers), with reverb added on the mixer.
https://youtu.be/SxGxx4cFUIc


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Originally Posted by bourniplus
Hey guys, it's me again,
here is #13 from Bach's Goldberg variations, using the electric clavichord, and Rhodes for the left-hand part. They're both plugged into my pair of Roland CM30 (small powered speakers), with reverb added on the mixer.
https://youtu.be/SxGxx4cFUIc
Very nice! Double credit on the way you used the Rhodes, quite like the choir manual of an organ.


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The Bach, and your electric clavichord, are both wonderful. Lovely playing. I listened while my cat slept at my side. At the beginning of the Bach he lifted his head, turned and stared at the monitor for the duration of the piece, then laid back down again. He's got great taste.

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Thanks guys!
@Tom William: Yes I figured the Rhodes did a nice "8' Bourdon". I've tried the opposite but it doesn't really work. I'm having fun practicing the other variations these days, and whenever 2 keyboards are called for, I usually prefer the right hand on the clavichord.
@ksoper: Cool story, I'm glad you and your cat liked this! Interestingly, one of our cats did me the honor of assisting to a bit of my morning practice today.


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