The Hohner Pianet came from the same stable as the renowned Clavinet.

It used similar principles too - each key had a sticky rubber pad that 'plucked' a tine and this was amplified using an electro-magnetic pickup and the signal was then fed to a single, mono output.

It had no controls and was a one-trick pony producing just the single sound without any means to modify it

The sound was somewhere between the plummy tones of the Rhodes and the more aggressive 'throatiness' of the Wurlitzer EP200. It was moderately successful and found favour principally for its compact size and portability. However, its playability was limited as a result of its mechanism - whilst it was touch sensitive, it had a limited range and hence was not very expressive and it had no facility for a sustain pedal.

That said, it was a good little electric piano that found favour with Tony Banks (Genesis) and Chick Corea in the early days of their careers (Banks used one on 'Nursery Crime' and 'Foxtrot' but for some reason replaced it with the all electronic RMI ElectraPiano for the later Genesis albums).

Several Pianet models were manufactured but probably the most famous was the Pianet T which is featured in Nostalgia.