A keyboard with a whammy bar!

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I love it. Much more expressive than your typical spring loaded pitch wheel. You can get soft vibrato and slow bends much more accurately than a little plastic ultra sensitive wheel.

If it was good enough for George Duke...it's good enough for me. (seen as part of his rig while playing w/ Stanley Clark during the School Daze era) From what I understand, it is a custom add on feature for electric pianos.

 

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Why is unanswerable in general terms, as in why do you want a whammy bar on a Clavinet - personal tastes, stage theatrics, who knows?

When LeFinPepere much earlier posted a clip of Lachy Doley with his whammy bar equipped Clavinet, I sent the clip on to a guitarist friend who is in a group with an amazing keyboard player (B3s. Wurlitzer E-Pianos, Rhodes, Farfisas, synths, etc, and Clavinets). My guitarist friend asked me not to send the clip the keyboard player, saying, "My days as lead guitarist would be over!"

Why a whammy bar as opposed to a ptich wheel? The Clavinet is not an electronic instrument. It has strings, rather like an autoharp with a keyboard. If you want vibrato it has to be a mechanical device that produces it.

And it is cool and ever so theatrical. ... Now if the keyboard player could only get that Clavinet around his neck and shoulder on a strap .... Lead guitarists tremble in fear.
 

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I have one. It's a little more compact.

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The clavinet Bobby Sparks from Snarky Puppy is using is a "Hohner Clavinet D6" but restored by "Ken Rich Sound Services" in Van Nuyes, CA in 2015.
Ken wrote about it back in 2015: "Our new Whammy Clavinet D6 build for our friend and client Bobby Sparks, dubbed The Batmobile (as in the old-school good-looking Batmobile). Satin black, red Clavinet C-style tolex, and chrome hardware, with a chrome whammy bar out the top."

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