RETROFRET Lev Built Theremin

Posted: 11/10/2013 12:27:56 PM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

The seller of the Lev-built  instrument that is headlined this week here on TW, RETROFRET VINTAGE GUITARS, makes certain comparisons between this instrument and the custom theremins Lev made for Clara Rockmore and Lucie Rosen but the fact is they are very different. Here is a photo of the inside of Clara's instrument (top center inset) superimposed on the inside of the cabinet of the Retrofret theremin. They have little in common!

 

http://www.peterpringle.com/clarapix/clararetro.jpg

 

The Retrofret theremin seems to be a Teletouch type of instrument, housed in a typical Teletouch cabinet with integrated speaker. The TELETOUCH CORPORATION was started by Lev in 1933 after RCA had decided not to continue manufacturing theremins. He moved the company into what had been the Theremin Studio in the Rosen townhouse on West 54th St. in Manhattan, and continued making theremins on special order only. Most of what Teletouch was involved with had to do with Lev's other inventions (automatic door openers, fire alarms, burglar alarms, etc. etc.) No one seems to know how many Teletouch theremins were sold but it was not very many and the company did not want to follow in the failed footsteps of RCA. 

 

For those of you who have not seen Reid Welch's talk on the Teletouch theremin that belonged to the late William A. Nickert, here is the URL. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT-7ZhnSQrI

Posted: 11/10/2013 2:24:03 PM
dewster

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

Wow!  Clara's Theremin is a freaking work of art, particularly the coil side.  I see what looks like two air-core transformers with split windings on either end, and the volume EQ coil is actually a transformer as well.  No formal metal chassis, he seems to have studiously avoided the use of metal in there, which makes complete sense for a long-range capacitive instrument.

Posted: 11/10/2013 10:14:16 PM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

Guess how much money RETROFRET VINTAGE GUITARS is asking for their Teletouch theremin......are ya ready......are ya holding onto sumpthin'...??

$75,000.00 

 

Yep.....seventy-five thousand dollars U.S.

It is perhaps worth seventy-five hundred.

 

 

Posted: 11/11/2013 1:57:19 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Guess how much money RETROFRET VINTAGE GUITARS is asking for their Teletouch theremin......are ya ready......are ya holding onto sumpthin'...??

$75,000.00 

 

Holy wow!

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