The Clavinet is a musical instrument. It is an electric clavichord. Ernst Zacharias invented it. The Hohner company of Trossingen, West Germany, built clavinets from 1964 to 1982. The clvinet is like a piano. It makes sounds like an electric guitar. A clavinet has hammers with rubber pads that hits strings to make sounds. Pianos have hammers with felt pads, and they have bigger strings.