Clavioline Synthesizer

Refurbished and modified Claviolines

The Clavioline is a tube-driven keyboard instrument and forerunner to the analog synthesizer. It was designed to be mounted unter an organ or a piano as the main melody instrument. The vacuum tube oscillator produces an almost square waveform, which could then be multilaterally altered using the many high/low-pass filters. Connected with its powerful tube amp the instrument comes to life. Several models where built from the late 30s into the 60s by many different companies like Selmer, Jennings, Gibson, and Maestrovox.

Here's a small selection of my collection:

Electronic Modifications

Some of my Claviolines are modified for sound design and film music.

Most of the old electronic components have been replaced and various new circuits added to get novel effects and filters.

Danioline Synthesizer

My self-built 'Danioline' is a magnificent tube-synthesizer

based on a 'Clavioline Concert' from 1948.

I've designed a completely new circuit that combines the original presets and various new 'Danioline Filters' as well as several new 'Danioline-Effects' without losing it's vintage-character.

The Danioline produces very powerful, terrifying and strange noises, lots of different organic sounds and many unique solo-voices.

In addition, I've created an effects loop for external effect units and added a stereo line-out for recording.

Multimonica - 1940s Tube Synthesizer and Harmonium

This rare instrument features a combination of a fan-blown reed organ with seven voices and a tube-driven monophonic sawtooth-wave analog synthesizer (ECC40, EZ41, STV75/15 stabilizer) produced by german company Hohner International GmbH in the 1940s and 1950s.

It took me weeks to get it back to life because of all the mechanical issues and the missing schematic.

Now it is in 'vintage mint condition' and usable as an inspiring instrument.

Electronium - 1950s Accordion Tube Synthesizer

The Hohner Electronium offers really authentic and organic orchestral voices like brass, strings and woodwinds but also wonderful theater organs. It astonishes me how detailed these 'high-ohm' tube oscillators can imitate all the diverent types of instruments with their specific characteristics.

Lipp Pianoline - 1940s Tube Synthesizer

The pianoline is an extremely rare synth assembled from leftovers after world war II by german company Lipp & Sohn in Stuttgart. Seven Ecc82 tubes and the typical 150C2 stabilizer are powering up the instrument.

Clavioline Concert - Selmer Paris 1957

This model by Selmer Paris is an ultra-rare deluxe version of the Clavioline Type 'C' / Concert. Its key section is made of ivory.

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