Moog EWSTD019 Etherwave Theremin Standard - Ash Cabinet
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- Power Rocker Switch - switches on and off the AC power to theremin
- Audio Out - standard 1/4 in. phone jack, which delivers line level output to your amplifier
- Pitch Range: 5 octaves (3 above and 2 below middle C)
- Timbre: 2 continuous rotary controls for waveform and brightness
- Power Input - receptacle for the special AC adapter that comes with the Etherwave. 110 volt and 220 volt adapters are available
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As for its sound, it has a fairly classic theremin sound... some people complain it's a bit thin, but I've found that depends a lot more on the amplifier and (if applicable) equalizer used than on the instrument itself. When hooked up to professional gear, my Etherwave sounds rich and fat.
My Etherwave has appeared at several major science fiction conventions. I like that I can throw it in a small bag over my shoulder, pack a small amp in another bag, and use a standard microphone stand that's borrowable at most performance venues if I don't want to carry one. (I have a folding stand I can bring along, too.) Probably over a thousand people have toyed with my Etherwave, and most of them told me they had fun with it. The instrument's difficulty does not subtract from its fun value.
Don't forget that at a minimum you'll also need to get an amplifier (a keyboard amp: the Etherwave is a bit too powerful for a guitar amp although one can be used in a pinch), a stand (a microphone stand, as I said, without a boom arm), and an audio cable to connect the Theremin to the amp (a standard inexpensive "guitar cord" with 1/4 inch male connectors at both ends).
Others in the family enjoy this moog instrument, but find it hard to play, as there is no guide to where to wave your hands - the positions of the notes change with the setting of the pitch control, and the length of time the instrument has been turned on, so it changes . . .
I presume it will take some time to become proficient on this exciting contraption, but I don't care - making sounds that wave out of key, change key, fail dismally and sound horrible are all great fun. The problem I am having is thinking of things to play, not playing things; I really don't mind if it sounds strange - that is the nature of the beast - I am an older musician, having played many instruments for the last fifty years, so my pitch is very near perfect - allowing me to make confidence gaining observations on YouTube watching other Theremin players do marvels on the instrument - the confidence I gained was because almost all of them lost the key on occasion. I therefore do not mind when I do it - I have only had it a week, and make fewer misses every day.
One thing I have found with the instrument, is that it works more precisely when attached to a microphone stand, well away from anything else - indeed, on a table larger than itself, it makes no noise whatsoever. The dog was amused by the screeching noises made when it ran past..
Anyone who wants a Theremin, but does not want to make a kit, could do a lot worse than trying this instrument out - it is well priced, well made and great fun.
The colour of the stain looks nice. However...
When you get tired of being limited to just 5 or 6 octaves, and the so, so, tone, you really should go ahead and get the ESPE01 theremin enhancement module. The module takes the theremin to a full 8 octaves, and enhances the quality of tone. Have a look at a youtube video I made called, Exploring the ESPE01 Theremin Enhancement Module to hear the difference it makes.
Now, if only Moog Music would just get rid of the plumbing fistures that hold the antennas on the box, and use a method that looks nicer for classical performances. ;)
I did notice the pitch rod was wobbly after being finger tightened, but if you cram a bit of paper in the pitch rod's hole, it'll go on tightly. You can also move the compression ring up a bit on the rod to form a proper fit. You can also use a wrench to tighten it more.
The theremin came with the DVD which ffeatured Lydia Kavina, and Clara Rockmore, as well as a plastic tool which is needed for making internal adjustments of the inductance coils. NEVER use a metal tool, or you will damage graphite lugs inside the inductance coils (sugar cube sized metal cans at L5 L6, and L11).
Over time, you'll realize it's easier to tune if you drill holes in the lid over the inductance coils, rather than having to tune, replace lid, tune, and so on which can take hours without the access holes. You can get plastic hole covers that fit nicely into the holes and come in different colours.
It also helps to install a power LED, and mute switch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A weird and fun musical instrument. This is an extremely high quality music instrument which I have no real use for, but is fun to take out and play with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rwg
This is wonderful! I built one of these in 1964 from a kit that was essentially a box of small parts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. H. Green PhD
Magnificent! I have wanted one of these (in this original configuration) for years, but it was always out of my price range. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert A. Zimmerman