Hohner Pianet T

 

Hohner Pianet T
Hohner Pianet T

The Hohner Pianet T is a lesser-known electromechanical piano that was made in the late 1970s.  It is completely passive without even a volume control, with little Wurlitzer-like reeds and the tiniest pickups I have ever seen.  The sound is like a cross between a Rhodes and a Wurlitzer. Continue reading “Hohner Pianet T”

GEM Instapiano

GEM (Galanti) Instapiano
GEM (Galanti) Instapiano

This is a simple electronic piano from GEM (Galanti Elettro Musicale), an Italian company that previously had made a lot of combo organs.  It uses a concept similar to that of a combo organ, with divide-down architecture (using frequency divider ICs this time though) and passive filters to create the four sounds: Piano, Harpsichord, Honky Tonk, and the Bass sound which is always a different sound from the rest of the keyboard and cannot be altered.  The addition of a simple AR envelope makes it a “piano” instead of an organ. Continue reading “GEM Instapiano”

Rhodes Mark II 73 Stage Piano Restoration

Rhodes Mark II 73 Stage Piano
Rhodes Mark II 73 Stage Piano

This Rhodes is identical to my own, which I bought when I was 17 and gave a similar treatment to years ago.  The Rhodes piano is a beautiful and well-designed instrument which of course is prone to its share of issues. A Rhodes piano restoration is something that might be enjoyable to someone who doesn’t mind doing the same task 73 or 146 times.  Guess what… I enjoy it. Continue reading “Rhodes Mark II 73 Stage Piano Restoration”