We're now producing a Clavinet Whammy Bar System based on the Castlebar Clavinet created by Buddy Castle, a.k.a. Edward Bruce Gfell, in the 70's. We've improved on certain areas of the design and have done research and development to work out the very best materials for manufacturing these.
Whammy Arm - 41-30 Chromolly aircraft grade tubing. This weighs a little more than previous designs, making it easier to play plus it is stress proof, fatigue proof and very tough. It will not bend. Not even slightly.
Bridge - fatigue proof 28-30 Rockwell shafting that will not bend under any amount of string tension.
Bearings - 60 Rockwell "Oilite" Bushings impregnated with 30 weight lube. These are ultra-smooth and never require greasing.
String dowels - replaceable hardened steel split pins rather than solid dowels, making these systems the highest quality ever produced.
Lastly - the plug in the end of the whammy arm is a 2000psi rated Delrin plastic impregnated with Teflon.
This complete installation kit includes:
~ the whammy arm mechanism with rolling bridge
~ the felt-covered metal "rest" which holds the arm at its high point.
~ a stencil for marking the hole to be cut for the arm
~ Steinway damper tray lifter felt (made in Tokyo - compressed, not woven) to get around the top cut
~ special all-surface glue for sticking the felt on
~ the modified mute block parts required
We have now made these available for installation outside of our workshop BUT PLEASE NOTE
that we strongly recommend the job be done by an experienced Clavinet servicer. The whammy system comes disassembled.
We also recommend the Clav be retipped
at the time of installation using our D'Addario Clavinet String Set
, which uses .009" rather than .008" for the thinnest gauge strings, in order to avoid breakage and maximize tone and sustain.
All these items above are now available in one value-added kit we call the Kick-Ass Clav Kit, available here.
If you've never heard one of these in action, here are some videos that will knock you off your feet, featuring the most incredible Clavinet Whammy players ever - our clients Tony Beliveau (Crash Kings) and George Duke.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 28 June, 2011.