A Tannerin is an electronic instrument named after Paul Tanner, who originated
its use in the 1950s. Dr. Tanner's instrument was formerly
called an "electro-theremin." "Tannerin" is an honorary and
more accurate name for an instrument that utilizes a complex mechanically
controlled oscillator, which differentiates it from theremins, and whose
characteristics are intended to be a reasonably close replica of Dr. Tanner's
A slide theremin is a more general term for an instrument that sounds like a Tannerin, but has a different mechanical/electrical configuration. A Tannerin is a slide theremin, but a slide theremin is not necessarily a Tannerin.
My latest instruments have been professional instruments, more durable than my earlier Tannerin designs. Because the linkage is different from what Tannerin authority David Miller has discovered the original Tannerin to employ, I believe it is more accurate to categorize my newer instruments as slide theremins. Aside from the volume control and power switch, they have only one moving part. Enjoy the images!
Sine wave output
Improved keyboard linearity
Sine, square, triangle wave output
Sine wave output
Uses wand pressed
Occasionally I receive requests for instruments, kits, or more information. I'll try to answer these below.
These instruments were all custom built to order, sold for several hundred dollars and are no longer available. Though it kills me to disappoint, I just don't have the time it takes to build them. Configuring a kit is under consideration, but it still takes time I don't have, and there is no projected timeline. Schematics are proprietary and are not for sale or distribution.
I hope some day to be able to start producing the instruments or kits. If it happens, I'll be happy to email you. I won't spam you and I have no intention of letting your email address leave my machine except when you hear from me. If you don't properly identify yourself in your email, you probably won't get a response from me.
To satisfy the curious, following are the specifications for a typical instrument.
All instruments are individually-built
using analog circuitry. Common
I quickly return emails to
those who properly identify themselves.
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