Keppinger Final Report

Posted: 10/24/2007 8:21:56 AM
hypergolic

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

I am very happy to report that my part of the project is now finished. Gabby is downstairs and sitting on top of my Fender KXR100 keyboard amplifier. She sounds wonderful. Its hard to describe how much better things are working now that everything is screwed down and secured in place. The open cabinet looks great, even though its intended to be temporary.

The next phase of the project will be in the hands of a master carpenter who will fashion an RCA look a like cabinet crafted around the dimensions of this setup. We'll probably see the gentlemen around Thanksgiving, as he lives in my wife's hometown, and that's where we typically go.

I will be posting pictures and sound files as soon as I can. The experience of powering up the theremin and playing it for the first time in its assembled state, and having everything work well, was religious. I did in fact thank God for his gifts he has given me.

Philip Neidlinger
Posted: 10/24/2007 10:49:04 AM
Alan_in_CA

From: Fresno, California USA

Joined: 3/26/2006

Passed the smoke test, properly grounded, didn't light up your life when you switched it on, and sounds good too? What more could one ask for! I look forward to the photos and sound clips.

[I am reminded of an Edwardian detective story, "Death Over the Air" (author not remembered) that involved a booby-trapped radio that electrocuted the victim when he tuned it to the station on which he always listened to the news after dinner.]
Posted: 10/24/2007 11:39:41 PM
hypergolic

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

Videos of The Keppinger

Front Chassis

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1365525HEMCFfnW

Rear Chassis

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1365764Mz3MR655

Playing arc and tonal Performance as Requested By Uncle - Still Not Perfectly Tuned Yet. Low range still buzzy. Several octaves now.

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1365792yYC4ySte

Additional Playing By Me, Despite Loud Protests By My Family

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1365925qjYDCBzj

Philip

Posted: 10/25/2007 10:55:54 PM
Alan_in_CA

From: Fresno, California USA

Joined: 3/26/2006

BRAVO!!
Posted: 10/26/2007 4:38:24 PM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

congratulations Philip!
Posted: 10/30/2007 11:03:54 PM
hypergolic

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

Here are high resolution pictures

http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/1.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/2.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/3.jpg
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http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/6.jpg
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http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/8.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/9.jpg
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http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/11.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/12.jpg
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http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/16.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/17.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/18.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/19.jpg

Philip

Posted: 10/30/2007 11:22:52 PM
Brian R

From: Somerville, MA

Joined: 10/7/2005

Congratulations, and thanks for posting the videos and photos! It's beautiful. I find myself seized by the urge to run out and start buying vacuum tubes, some copper wire...
Posted: 10/30/2007 11:36:13 PM
hypergolic

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

I wouldn't recommend it. Its a sure fire way to slowly drive onesself insane.....

ARRRRGHHHHH!!!!!
Posted: 10/30/2007 11:42:25 PM
hypergolic

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

Seriously though, thanks. Believe it or not, this is its temporary enclosure. My bride is going to get a pro cabinet maker her family knows to put it in a faux RCA look-a-like enclosure. However, this has a quirky science fair look to it. But the coils are exposed and fragile. This was meant to get it together and playable in the meanwhile while the final cabinet is under construction. We see the guy during Thanksgiving.

Philip

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