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Here are some pictures of how I repackaged the JayCar Theremin kit. This was necessary because with the standard kit the volume and pitch antennas were to close together which caused to much interaction. Now each is independent making the instrument more playable. Notice I had to add a few colorful LEDs just for good measure. Would you expect less?

I used my theremin in recording my cover of Tom Petty's Running Down A Dream. Instead of the electric guitar part at the end of the tune I did a theremin solo which I think turned out pretty well. Check it out here.


Rear view of theremin. 1/4" jack is for plugging the theremin into a guitar amp,  PA system or directly into a recording console as I did for my recording.

The four RGB LEDs slowly and independently change color and are controlled by a switch on the front panel.

Another view

Another view

Another view

Top view looking down on the circuit board.

 Holes are drilled in the plexiglass to allow access to the tunable components of the theremin without having to remove the top.

Front view of theremin. Knob controls the volume of the internal speaker/amplifier. The right most switch is the power switch and the other switch turns on the color changing LEDs on the back panel.

The sides of the case are made of mahogany while the chassis, which is painted black, is made of 1/4" MDF. The top is clear plexiglass.

Information about this theremin's construction and setup can be found here.


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