A clavinet is a musical instrument, manufactured by the Hohner company. Its distinctive sound has appeared particularly in funk and rock songs of the last fifty years.

The clavinet is essentially an electronically amplified clavichord: pressing a key causes a small brass 'tangent' to strike a string.

Its predecessors, the Cembalet and Pianet, worked by a different principle, using a plucked reed.

The archetypal clavinet sound can be heard on Stevie Wonder's track Superstition.

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