Considering getting a theremin

Posted: 8/14/2008 1:45:35 AM
leftyguitarjoe

From: Maryland

Joined: 8/14/2008

Hey everyone, I have been playing guitar for about 5 years, and I love it.

But, I am getting curious about trying out other musical endeavors, and the theremin seems like quite an interesting option. Just a few questions:

I'm a lefty. Will that matter when playing a theremin?

What should a beginner buy? A one or two antenna theremin?
Posted: 8/14/2008 4:41:33 AM
GordonC

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Welcome to Theremin World. :-)

[i]I'm a lefty. Will that matter when playing a theremin?[/i]

You'll probably do better with a left handed theremin. Pitch requires a deal of precision, so is preferably played with the dominant hand.

[i]What should a beginner buy? A one or two antenna theremin?[/i]

Two.
Posted: 8/14/2008 10:23:31 AM
Thomas Grillo

From: Jackson Mississippi

Joined: 8/13/2006

At present, only Wavefront at theremin.ws offers options for left-handed theremins.

If you can find a left handed Etherwave Pro on E-bay, (not likely), jump on it.

As an alternative, the Etherwave Standards, B3s, and others can simply be turned around for left-handed use.
Posted: 8/17/2008 4:56:52 AM
Alan_in_CA

From: Fresno, California USA

Joined: 3/26/2006

Or build/assemble a theremin--and you can make it left-handed.
Posted: 8/17/2008 5:45:47 PM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

Or play from the other side?
Posted: 8/17/2008 6:13:06 PM
GordonC

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

No, it's better to turn the theremin around as Thomas suggested. That way you don't have your back to the audience.

Alternatively you could turn it upside down and swing the pitch antenna round 180 degrees. That way the knobs would be on the right side, albeit upside down, and the shaped portion of the volume loop would be facing you. You would need to relocate the mic stand fitting.

More sensibly, do ask Moog and/or Dan Burns if they can do a left handed model.
Posted: 8/21/2008 8:31:37 AM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

All these should work for you.
I just want to say welcome
and
Get A Theremin!

chances are very high you'll get into it.
let us know which one you get and how the adventure begins for you.

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