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 are professional instruments,
more durable than my earlier Tannerin designs. Because the linkage
is different from what Tannerin authority David Miller has discovered the
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
Continuously variable tuning
Sine wave output
Uses wand pressed against
I receive requests for kits and schematics.
A kit is in development, and the schematics are proprietary. As long
as I am occupied building custom slide theremins, the kit is being delayed.
I expect a kit will not be available until
sometime in late 2002.
A custom instrument takes a minimum of two months to build. Each is hand-crafted and unique. They sell for several hundred dollars. As of October 2001, due to a backlog, I am currently not taking orders. After the remaining orders are filled, I plan to configure a kit so that it doesn't take special tools or equipment to build and calibrate an instrument. My goal is for the kit to sell for $200.00 or less.
Following are the specifications for a typical Oftedal style instrument.
All instruments are individually-built using analog circuitry. Common
features are: On-off switch; left hand fast volume control for
attack/decay facility; brass slider, optional finger switch for staccato at additional expense;
solid anodized aluminum slider bar; pilot light; two prong 120v AC cord;
3 1/2 to 4 octave range starting with a note around low C; tone is sine
wave unless special order at additional expense; oak or poplar cabinet;
1/4" mono output phone jack.
My Homebuilt Musical Instruments
The Brian Wilson Tour Instrument
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