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Aug. 26th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
NEATO! I'm totally going to bookmark that and check it out in more depth later!
Aug. 27th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Vogon asked me to Google "theremin circuits" after he watched Theremin and I blogged the link so he could look at it from work.

As I was blogging it, he said he'd be happy to build me one. I replied that I didn't know what I'd do with one. He made a wanking gesture and said "Play with it!".
Aug. 27th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
You should totally take him up on it. Even though I've got one, building one would be awesome. If I ever actually learn any hardcore engineering type stuff, like, actually putting circuits and whatnot together, that'll definitely be one of my projects. But I'd probably work on making a modified theremin of various types later. Like the Theretar.
Aug. 30th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
I would think that almost anyone could build this one for just a few bucks. Probably the most expensive part would be the wire wrap tool (those go for like $8, I think). The rest of them you should find very, very easily. The one transistor that I don't think I have I just found online for 15 cents each. And, I probably don't have a couple of the inductors, but all in all I probably won't spend more than about $10 on it, if that. And, if you have a local electronics salvage store, you should be able to buy all of the parts new for right at about $15. You may notice that the construction details are quite good in this description. There is no soldering, which is a skill for sure. Wire wrap is extremely simple, though.

Maybe that would be motivation to learn a new trick?
Aug. 30th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
Keen... I'm gonna bookmark that and perhaps sometime I'll give it a shot! (Although I admit to attempting once and being discouraged because I had the Radio Shack numbers for all the transistors/etc. that I'd need, and I went down to Radio Shack and they just sort of stared at me mouths snapping open and closed like some sort of fish. I seem to remember their website also not having what I needed, heh. I'm not sure why I didn't just order the parts from _other_ websites, but hey.)
Aug. 31st, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
All of the parts are listed with their respective web site addresses and appropriate part numbers. Mouser, I know, has no minimum order. I don't know about the other two sites listed, but I have done business with Digi-Key before and had very good luck. They've both been in the mail order electronics business for a very, very long time. I avoid Radio Shack when possible because their prices for anything except for repackaged surplus are extremely high. The same transistor that I could get from Mouser for 15 cents was $1.50 from Radio Shack -- I checked. The fastest thing to do would be to go to your local surplus electronics store. (For your area, I would start with this list, though it looks like the kind of shop that I tend to prefer is called "House of Science".) But, if you have time, there are a lot of surplus sites online that will usually have better prices and don't charge a whole lot for shipping.
Aug. 26th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
Neat! Now if only I was skilled enough to build one. I've thought about buying a theremin for years now.
Aug. 26th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
I've got one through Big Briar (now, once again, Moog Music). It's pretty awesome, and mine's signed by Bob Moog, so uh, yeah! Hooray for theremins!
Aug. 27th, 2004 04:54 am (UTC)
Oh, my goodness. You just made my day.
Aug. 27th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
Thank vogonpoet. I blogged the link for him after he watched Theremin and asked me to Google "theremin circuits" for him.
Aug. 27th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank vogonpoet for me, then. And thank yourself, while you're at it!

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