Elaborate Mini-Theremin casemod

Elaborate Mini-Theremin casemod

James “Dr. Krazy X” McCracken III sent us pictures of his steampunk-y take on the Gakken Mini-Theremin kit build.


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Mini-Theremin The theremin, invented in 1919 by Russian scientist Leon Theremin, is one of the world’s earliest fully electronic instruments, and is also unique in that it was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. The eerie, other-worldly tones as heard in the films mentioned above are created by the proximity of the player’s hands to the metal antennas, with the resulting radio frequency interference being transformed into musical tones. Instructions are in Japanese but  features highly detailed assembly pictures, sorry no English translation at this time. Easy to build and play! Price: $29.95

8 thoughts on “Elaborate Mini-Theremin casemod

  1. docpop.myopenid.com says:

    That’s a real interesting rehousing project, but I wish there was more info (or a video) on it. It appears that the brass piece on the top of the box is the theremin’s antenna, but it also looks like it can be hooked into a spot on the lid and be used as a handle.

    Very inspired by this piece.

  2. docpop.myopenid.com says:

    The Theremin is currently out of stock. I’ve been waiting for it to arrive so I can place a larger combined order with some other Make items.

  3. Crazy X says:

    Thanks, yea if there is more interest Ill follow up with a video or something.
    Your correct about the antenna, docpop, and the bolts on the side work as a power supply for other devices.

  4. docpop.myopenid.com says:

    Would definitely love to see a video. I can’t wait to try rehousing my theremin kit. I was curious ho different antennas would affect the playability. Also have one of the synth kits on the way too. Might try to build them into the same case.

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