Mini tube amp vs Moog TB-15

Posted: 4/1/2012 7:17:21 AM

Joined: 4/1/2012

I am new to the theremin (and music in general.) I have a Burns B3. I will be using headphones pretty much any time I use it. Would I be better off buying the TB-15 or a mini tube amp such as the one at:

and using a good pair of headphones?



Posted: 4/1/2012 1:38:11 PM

From: Colmar, France

Joined: 12/31/2007

Playing with headphones is a bad idea. The headphones cable which is shielded and thus grounded will move around in the pitch field and cause trouble.

The Moog TB-15 is a small cheap Chinese guitar amp which has been relabeled by Moog und thus not an optimal solution. The tube amp which you found on amazon is a stereo version while the theremin has a mono output. Thus you would need an Y-signal-splitter in order to use both (weak 2.5W) channels.

The best setup is to have a speaker behing you at ear's height. An active monitor speaker like the Yamaha MSP3 mounted on a microphone stand (a special mounting flange is available as an accessory from Yamaha) is a small but fine solution for theremin beginners and semi-professionals.

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