a question

Posted: 4/5/2006 2:00:30 PM

Joined: 4/5/2006

hello.. i'm going to buy a theremin, this one:
and i have a question:
do i have to buy an amp for theremin or can i use a normal guitar amp?
Posted: 4/5/2006 2:20:35 PM

From: gretna, louisiana

Joined: 8/10/2005

you can use a guitar amp, but the gain is very high and so you/ll have to turn it _way_ down (like on .9). to help with this gain
you can also plugged the theremin into the 2nd input on a channel.
on fender amps, these are lower gain inputs.
Posted: 4/5/2006 2:20:59 PM

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

Theremins produce line-level signals (same as keyboards) so a keyboard amp would be a better choice.

You can use a guitar amp however you would likely need an attenuating patch cord (Radio Shack sells them) so that your Theremin signal doesn't overload the guitar amp's input.
Posted: 4/5/2006 3:13:46 PM

From: Hillsborough, NC (USA)

Joined: 2/13/2005

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Posted: 4/5/2006 9:37:36 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Thanks for pointing that out Jason. Does that apply to only the items in your "store" or anytime we link to zZounds from this website?
Posted: 4/6/2006 12:29:48 PM
Jon B

From: Somerville, MA

Joined: 8/11/2005

"Theremins produce line-level signals (same as keyboards) so a keyboard amp would be a better choice."

Not completely true. The Etherwave does, but plenty of other theremins send a guitar-level signal. And it's incredibly simple to mod the Etherwave to send a guitar-level signal as well.
Posted: 4/6/2006 5:00:37 PM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

I would advise that you get a guitar amplifier. I used one with my etherwave. It sounded perfectly good, and also had the added advantage of having reverb.

Adding a small amount of reverb when playing makes it significantly easier to find your notes, especially when you first start the instrument. Any good singer or thereminist should agree. Keyboard amps are generally more expensive, and rarely have a reverb function.

Without a small amount of reverb the etherwave also has a tendancy to sound a little dry and 'plain'.
Posted: 4/6/2006 5:30:40 PM

Joined: 4/5/2006

thank you all.
i just asked that because i don't have much money and i already have a guitar amp.
my question was more like if it's possible.. and it won't spoil the amp or something.. if it's okay i don't really care about the sound right now.. thanks!
i'm glad i will be able to use my amp.. i don't know if i'll get enough money for the theremin alone anyway..
i really hope so.. :)
Posted: 4/6/2006 10:21:37 PM

From: Hillsborough, NC (USA)

Joined: 2/13/2005

It should work any time you link to zZounds through our website. Make sure you have cookies turned on though - I think that's critical to it getting tracked back to us.

We have the same deal through InstrumentPro, and there's a 5% off coupon code you can use when you check out - AFF01.
Posted: 4/7/2006 3:35:26 AM

Joined: 4/5/2006

so in the second website it will be cheaper?

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