Theremin AR-1264 for sale

Posted: 3/4/2006 2:23:19 AM
jannew

From: Stockholm

Joined: 3/3/2006

There is a AR-1264 for sale on an auction in Stockholm 7th March. See it on http://www.auktionsverket.se
Posted: 3/4/2006 6:20:06 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

7229 - RCA THEREMIN ELEKTRONISKT MUSIKINSTRUMENT,

Modell AR-1264, omkring 1929, höjd 119; smärre skador, en antenn mm saknas Uppfanns av Leon Theremin, rysk fysiker, som 1927 kom till USA.

Valuation: SEK 30 000-35 000 (EUR 3 200 - 3 800)

The theremin appears (in the photo) to be missing the pitch antenna.
Posted: 3/4/2006 6:59:40 AM
jannew

From: Stockholm

Joined: 3/3/2006

The pitch antenna is missing and there are some small wood damages. The cord is worn. Otherwise it seems in good condition.
Posted: 3/4/2006 7:50:57 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

[img]http://www.auktionsverket.se/I603/bilder/7229.jpg[/img]
Posted: 3/4/2006 8:54:00 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

Do we know whether or not the instrument would be in full working order if the antenna was replaced? Or would a huge deal of internal restoration be necessary?
Posted: 3/4/2006 9:17:42 AM
jannew

From: Stockholm

Joined: 3/3/2006

We have not tested any functions.
Posted: 3/4/2006 10:39:55 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

You haven't tried it? Why not? It's functionality will have a profound effect on what it is worth.

In a pinch you can make a substitute pitch antenna (for testing purposes) with a 5/16" or 8mm threaded rod 18-3/4" or 48cm long with a nut on one end with about 1-1/4" or 30mm of thread exposed. If it's too big you can put it in a drill and use some emory cloth to take it down just a bit.

I just happen to know that the information needed to create a true reproduction RCA pitch antenna will be made available very soon. That's all I will say for now. ;-)
Posted: 3/5/2006 4:01:00 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

Woooooh. Sounds mysterious. Keep us informed though Jeff!

If you do test it, then for goodness' sakes be careful though - It's a 70 year old machine that deals with potentially lethal voltages.

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