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Moog EWSTD019 Etherwave Theremin Standard - Ash Cabinet

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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Ash Cabinet
  • 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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Color: Ash Cabinet

The theremin is one of the oldest electronic instruments, and the only one known that you play without touching. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume. Like the Ethervox, the Etherwave is an authentic adaptation of inventor Leon Theremin's original design. The Etherwave is a quality theremin with a design that retains many characteristics of the original theremins, including a five-octave pitch range and reliable spacing between notes for sophisticated playability. Antennas are nickel-plated 3/8 inch brass tube and cabinets are furniture-grade hardwood, finished black. The Etherwave is fitted with an adapter for mounting on a standard microphone stand and is designed for use with a musical instrument amplifier such as the Moog TB15. The Ether wave is shipped with a DVD that contains two Video tutorials: Mastering the Theremin with Lydia Kavina, and Clara Rockmore, the World's Greatest Theremin Virtuosa.

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Color:Ash Cabinet
Item Weight 8 pounds
Product Dimensions 22 x 22 x 22 inches
Shipping Weight 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001AQF5L2
Item model number EW-STD-019
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4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,013 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#3,414 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By Thomas Farrell on February 22, 2005
Color: Black
The Moog Music Etherwave has rapidly become the definitive instrument for Theremin beginners, for good reason: it's solidly made and has excellent performance. Theremins are an inherently difficult insturment to begin with, and a poorly made instrument can easily make the difference between "incredibly difficult" and "completely impossible". Unlike most cheaper Theremins, the Etherwave is definitely playable, and professional musicians do use it both on stage and in the recording studio. It has a thick, solid wood shell, and two detachable chrome antennas which seem more solid in person than they do in a photo. The unit is relatively lightweight, and I'd guess it weighs about the same as my laptop.

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).
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By Wm on January 14, 2012
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There is nothing quite like the sound a Theremin - haunting with hesitant notes that glide together to create ethereal whistles. Creepy, joyful, downright jazzy sounds are all possible - within a week I was playing 'The Entertainer' rather more accurately than I expected.

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.
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I built a kit theremin (from Paia) that has excellent sound, but the distance between the notes tended to wander as the unit heated up. The Moog unit is much more stable and playable musically (as opposed to spacey "wooo-wooo" sounds). Good quality, with a good DVD of instruction and inspiration. If you think about the electronics in this, the price is rather high, but the quality is good and the quantities are low.
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The theremin looks great, sounds awesome, has a relatively flat learning curve, and is totally unique. It arrived almost immediately, took less than two minutes to assemble, and everyone who sees it wants to play it. The product quality looks very high (the wood box that holds the circuitry is very nicely finished), and the controls are simple and sturdy. The vendor is quick to ship and has great customer service. My only regret is not having discovered this sooner.
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This theremin does not have a linear scale, unlike the (now defunct) Etherwave Pro. It is easy to set up (all you need is a mic stand and an amp), and a LOT of fun to play. You have control over the sensitivities of the volume antenna and the pitch antenna, you can control the waveform and the brightness of the sound, which gives it whatever character you want. It is tremendous fun to play, but one of my cats does not like the sound of it and tries to stop me from playing it within minutes of my starting. Endless hours of fun, if you don't have a cat/critic.
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This is a good theremin. Rugged, has a fair tone, and ability to adjust tone with waveform and brightness knobs.

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.
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