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First RCA Theremin By Westinghouse For Sale

Westinghouse Theremin Folks, when it rains, it pours! Another vintage theremin is currently for sale on eBay.  As you might recall, RCA built theremins through both General Electric and Westinghouse.  Of the 500 RCA Model AR-1264 theremins produced, 200 models were constructed by Westinghouse, and the theremin in this auction is apparently the very first one they built.  Interestingly, RCA planned to sell 15,000-20,000 theremins, a plan that was thwarted by the great stock market crash.

For more details on the history of RCA theremin production, we highly recommend you read Albert Glinsky's book, Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage.

User bridgebee has posted a photo album showing more pictures of the theremin in our gallery.

As of the time of posting, only 8 hours remain in the auction.  There are currently 0 bids, and the starting price is listed as $7500.  Happy bidding!

Update: After receiving no bids, the theremin has been relisted.