Fritz Lang's Theremin Stand

Posted: 11/11/2011 11:22:00 AM

From: USA

Joined: 8/25/2009

Quick update - even though the paint isn't fully cured I couldn't resist reassembling it... (

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Posted: 11/11/2011 8:02:30 PM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

The theremin open cabinet, like everything else you create Stephen, looks wonderful! The only thing I would question (and this is not from the standpoint of design but from the standpoint of practicality) is the wisdom of placing the speaker at floor level, in front of and pointing away from, the thereminist.

Samuel Hoffman's RCA is like that and it is the worst possible speaker placement imaginable for any theremin player. Precision thereminists need to have the speaker in the traditional spot - behind them and roughly at head level. Of course, there is no reason why speakers could not be placed both in front of, and behind, the thereminist. That way everybody's happy!

I really like the eggshell charcoal paint job. Very tasteful!

Posted: 11/12/2011 7:27:58 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

I wasn't sure about painting it black, but I was wrong. It really makes the coils look great!
Posted: 11/12/2011 9:12:09 AM

From: Theremin Motherland

Joined: 11/13/2005

[i]Precision thereminists need to have...[/i]

"A bad dancer blames his balls". Any acoustic instrument does not have ability to place the sound source anywhere from performer (except, may be, the organ).
Posted: 11/12/2011 11:46:19 AM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

True, but acoustic instrumentalists do not depend ENTIRELY on sonic feedback in order to know what note they are playing. With traditional instruments there is visual and tactile input.

With the theremin, your speaker is all you've got. If it is poorly placed you're dancing in the dark.
Posted: 11/12/2011 5:32:22 PM

From: USA

Joined: 8/25/2009

In total agreement with you on the speaker placement. Think of it as more like storage than final position. The speaker is removable and there's enough cable to have it positioned behind the player's head.

Some more pictures : (

One thing I was never able to find was the tube plug/socket to connect one tube bank to the other. The metal plate has a cut out for one, so if anyone knows where to get one from, do let me know...

Posted: 11/12/2011 5:46:57 PM
RS Theremin

From: 60 mi. N of San Diego CA

Joined: 2/15/2005

Hello Shobley,

Item: (WCC) 1000874

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Posted: 11/12/2011 7:10:46 PM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

Love the new picture! I made a mistake, the speaker faces the thereminist, not the audience. It is at floor level, but at least it faces in the right direction.
Posted: 11/12/2011 7:42:34 PM

From: USA

Joined: 8/25/2009

RS Theremin: Thanks! That's what I've been looking for...
Posted: 11/12/2011 9:12:41 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

I'll have to admit the black looks better "in the light of day" than it did in the "theatre of my imagination".

At first, I thought Steve might be a lefty, not knowing which side of the stand he intended to play from. I thought the controls might be on the bowed side, but I wasn't positive.

One question though...Is the speaker and lower brace going to interfere with your stance at all?

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