Who has actually BUILT their own theremin here?

Posted: 5/20/2005 11:08:05 AM

Joined: 4/28/2005

I am wondering who here has actually built their own theremin (rather than just talk about it)?

Has anyone successfully duplicated the Maxie's Pages theremin?

Has anyone successfully duplicated one of Art's or Christopher's designs?

Most importantly, anyone here actually using a home-made theremin as their main instrument in any significant way, either for their own enjoyment, or for public performance?

Just curious.


Posted: 5/20/2005 3:35:53 PM

From: Los Angeles

Joined: 3/8/2005

I built a theremax, and enjoy it.
Posted: 5/20/2005 4:43:54 PM

From: UK

Joined: 2/21/2005

I've build and to some degree modified the Jaycar/Silicon Chip Theremin referenced in Max's article.

I've also documented the project, so watch this space!

Posted: 5/20/2005 8:20:21 PM

From: chicago illinois

Joined: 2/15/2005

anyone build from scratch?
Posted: 5/22/2005 4:46:28 PM

Joined: 4/28/2005


What modifications did you make, besides using your own case? I know there are articles out there on how to improve the Theremax, but it would be nice to find people who made these modifications and found them to work.

Also, has anyone here made a theremin, using Maxie's suggested modifications? I'm curious if anyone was able to duplicate his success.

Posted: 5/22/2005 11:55:07 PM

Joined: 3/30/2005

I built one of Christopher's theremins (the ulterman, I believe) pretty much as he wrote it. I put it in a clear plastic box so the coils and electronics are visible and I've used it at a few of my friend's concerts.
Posted: 5/23/2005 9:56:24 AM

From: Italy

Joined: 2/19/2005

I have bult my Jaycar/Sil icon Chip theremin with Maxie's suggested modifications and it works fine!
Ofcourse it's not an etherwave... but it still works fine.
If someone is interested to see it email me at michelangelo79NOSPAMME@gmail.com

Ofcourse you got to cut away NOSPAMME! :)
Posted: 6/2/2005 4:16:02 PM
Andrew Baron

Joined: 2/18/2005

If you count a theremin that's been built from only a published construction article as "scratch built", then you can see the one I made from Dr. Moog's 1954 theremin article in "Radio and Television News", in the picture of the month gallery (previous image to the current one). The parts I used were mostly vintage components, mounted in a generic steel chassis box. In addition to a couple of very scarce parts, this theremin required winding your own coils (eight different coils on four different forms, comprised of 775 turns of wire).
Posted: 6/2/2005 10:05:52 PM

From: adelaide, australia

Joined: 5/11/2005

ive built the jaycar one, and also the new midi jaycar theremin.

does anyone have a link to maxie's webpage with the modifications???
Posted: 7/13/2005 2:18:36 AM

Joined: 2/21/2005

I built my Theremax stock, but experimented with some of the simpler mods from the PAIA webpages. They didn't seem to have any effect, so now 4 years later my Theremax is still stock. I did create a custom cabinet out of wood, and antenna hardware from solid brass.

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