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What's the Difference Between a Tannerin and a Theremin?

If you watched the Beach Boys historical reunion tonight on the Grammy Awards, you probably caught a glimpse of the elusive Tannerin, an electronic instrument that sounds like and is often mistaken for a theremin.  But make no mistake, these are 2 very different instruments! 

But what is a Tannerin and how is it different from a theremin?  For one thing, unlike a theremin, you actually have to touch a Tannerin to play it.  Another key point - it's what the Beach Boys used in Good Vibrations (not a theremin).

Before you join the chat circle at the office watercooler tomorrow, take a visit to Tom Polk's website to learn more about Tannerins, why they aren't theremins, and how to get one for yourself.