The following is an approximate translation of the spoken part of the Hohner Pianet demo record. Translation by Jesper Asp Sørensen.



1) I'm a little in doubt whether 'home and school music' makes any sense (the last line in the first paragraph) - sometimes 'Hausmusik' in German also means 'chamber music' - which makes sense looking at the examples given. Otherwise the translation could be something like "for private and educational purposes". Your choice!

2) Is there a genre called 'Sweet'? - I'm almost certain that's what she says at the end of side B.


Side A:

Dear music lover

The delicate poetic sound of "Träumerei (Daydreaming)" by Schumann is supposed to give you a first impression of the musical possibilities of the Hohner Pianet. Hereby we introduce you to a new mechanich electronic keyboard instrument from the Hohner Company, which in connection with a radio unit or another amplifier shows all the sonic abilities of a modern music instrument - for home or school playing.

It's tonal range goes from contra F to FIII. The basic timbre of the Pianet has a romantic - almost impressionistic character. In the following "Kleine Studie"(small studio) from "Album für die Jugend" (Album for the youth) - also by Schumann - is the romantic expression fusioned with an impressionistic harp sound.

It's a well known fact that the most wonderful experience in making musik privately is playing together; just how well the Pianet is suited as accompanying - and also as continuo instrument - is shown in this menuet from the French Baroque music. The Hohner Melodica is heard as solo instrument.

The Pianet L posseses a very special sonic ripeness. It differentiates from the Pianet C by having the amplifier and speakers built into the instrument. If the volume doesn't suffice for bigger rooms a more powerful amplifier can be connected by using the plug made for that very purpose. The sound of the Pianet L is delicate and bright while the Pianet C sounds dark and sonorous. As an example of the sound of the Pianet L now a short menuet. And after that the theme from Haydn's "Sonata in F-major". A big advantage of all mechanic electronic Hohner instruments is the posibility of hearing ones own playing through a set of headphones. Thereby the player makes himself and his instrument totally independent of the surroundings. And not least - playing is possible all day and night without disturbing the neighbours. Now a short folk tune that ends the sound examples of home music played on the Hohner Pianet.

Side B:

Along with a modern instrument - the modern dance music - whether in an ensemble or as solo instrument the Hohner Pianet is an interesting enrichment of the equipment and with it's effects it makes developing a new sound a grateful task for every musician.

After this "Piraten-Blues" (Pirate Blues) a slow foxtrott "Lass mich nie mit Dir allein" (Never let me alone with you). As in the previous part you hear the Pianet C with a rhythm group.

Due to it's precise tone(striking/stroke) the Pianet is especially well suited for Latin american dances - and therefore, for the lovers of the hot rhythms of South America, a mambo:

The Hohner Pianet L is a small precise home instrument that with it's charachteristic bright sound suits 'swing' just as well as 'sweet'(!!).

In a light swinging greeting from Paris in 3/4 time the Pianet L is heard once again:

And now the Pianet finale with "Tico Tico Cha Cha Cha"