Replica 1930s Diamond Speaker: Mike's Construction Progress

Posted: 6/10/2007 4:51:11 AM
mikebuffington

From: AZ

Joined: 11/25/2005

http://www.mikebuffington.net/photos/thereminspeakerexploded.jpg

http://www.mikebuffington.net/photos/thereminspeakerparts.jpg

So, on Friday a package from Floyd Engels arrived in the mail. My birthday is Sunday, so the timing is perfect. I received a binder with about 30 pages of notes, drawings, instructions and plans, a few miscellaneous parts, and some speaker cloth.

Floyd has in essence passed the torch onto me. I'm going to construct one speaker for now, and then make information available to those who want it, or if I really am as insane as I sound, will make more for those who want them. Maybe.

Those who have spoken about Floyd's craftsmanship and professionalism are not exaggerating. This information is thorough and simply amazing. There are a few photos of the original speaker in Clara's apartment.

I probably won't get started right away, as I have a few things to finish up with my theremin and other projects, but soon... watch this space.
Posted: 6/10/2007 11:17:25 AM
sidecars

From: Seattle

Joined: 4/19/2005

I bought one of his theremin cellos and can also attest to his craftsmanship. Perhaps you could share his notebook online.. with his permission!
Posted: 6/10/2007 3:30:04 PM
sidecars

From: Seattle

Joined: 4/19/2005

By the way... I just did a video of me playing the theremin cello. I am far from expert... but it gives you some idea of the instrument!
Posted: 6/10/2007 3:30:21 PM
sidecars

From: Seattle

Joined: 4/19/2005

Doh...

Here is the link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuRe_H1-Pe0
Posted: 6/10/2007 4:12:21 PM
GordonC

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Nice instrument. I really enjoyed listening to your cello meditation video. (I'm rather partial to drones.) Is that an electric shurti box or a manual?

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XhDCI_3Jbw)
Posted: 6/10/2007 5:33:50 PM
sidecars

From: Seattle

Joined: 4/19/2005

Thanks. I actually used my Continuum Fingerboard and created something of a drone track.
Posted: 6/10/2007 10:56:32 PM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Congratulations! Floyd is an amazing artist, and it shows real trust and admiration that he's sharing his plans with you. Can't wait to see what you put together!
Posted: 6/12/2007 7:30:05 PM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

>>"video of me playing the theremin cello"
That was great to see. Thank you so much for posting it. It gave me a richer impression of the instrument and expanded on the pictures I have seen. But you don't really have a puppy head after all.

many thanks!
Posted: 6/12/2007 9:20:12 PM
sidecars

From: Seattle

Joined: 4/19/2005

I had an operation. The work they could do was remarkable!
Posted: 6/13/2007 11:05:42 AM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

So mikebuffington, it's very exciting that you've taken on this project. Hope it's smooth going, I'd definately be one of those curious if you decide to take requests or not.
Am keeping my eyes peeled here for your news.
Good Luck!

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