“Here’s a really nice R. A. MOOG MELODIA Theremin that’s in very good used condition, and is housed in a solid wood hinged enclosure. Included is an RCA Type Cable for interface with an Audio Amplifier. A video on You Tube shows one of these models in use. We have made a battery pack to run it on. The pitch control antenna from the right side is missing, but my dad hooked it up to the ball thing pictured and it worked. Ball is not included unless you really want it. Just hooked it up and it does work. The wood on either side by the hinges is cracked as you can see in the pictures. Can be glued but didn’t want to do anything to it. Thanks for looking!” Link
One of the few concert quality Theremins still made in the world today. None of them, as beautiful as this walnut encased classic machine, built to recreate the iconic RCA Theremin sounds of the 1930′s. This is as close to that famous timbre as you can get, without the hassle of using rare, unreliable tubes and high voltages. When this innovative instrument (the only instrument in the world you play by NOT touching it) first appeared to the public, people fainted in churches where they were performed, believing they were hearing the voices of angels.
Many early science fiction films featured RCA Theremins for their eerie soundtracks and experimental compositions. And if you’re a fan of Clara Rockmore, you know this instrument can also perform an amazing repertoire of music in the right hands– literally. Add guitar / FX pedals to modulate the output for special effects, or attach a MIDI device for controlling other MIDI instruments and synths (MIDI Theremin controller available on Wavefront’s Site). The possibilities are endless. This model is so gorgeous and well crafted, it deserves a place on stage to showcase your theremin skills to the world.
Take a look / listen at a Wavefront Classic handled by a Master Performer: youtube.com/watch?v=TolIEVcEG1o
Features listed from Wavefront Technologies website (thereminstore.com):
Five plus octave pitch range.
Volume sensitivity tuning.
Large wound air-core coil
Pitch range tuning.
Dual tone controls.
Headphone output with gain.
Line (amplifier) output with gain.
Removable and reversible gold-plated antennas
External linear power supply for greater stability
Removable legs for ease of transport or table top playing” Link
“This Moog Melodia is in as close to mint condition as you could hope for, I even have the original box post marked 1961!
All original parts including the hard to find original antenna (usually this part would get lost through the years) This theremin works perfectly and sounds amazing as you would expect from a vintage Bob Moog design. This was the first of his discrete transistor kits. In my opinion this one has better quality wood for the cabinet as compared to a few others I have owned in the past.
The Melodia is a Moog Theremin that was originally made available in 1960-61 in both kit form and assembled. It could be assembled with a few hand tools and featured a walnut cabinet .The Moog Melodia theremin has a five-octave range, extending from two octaves below to three octaves above Middle C. This one is in almost new condition and fully operational.” Link
Before Bob Moog could regain the right to sell instruments under his own name, he manufactured using the name Big Briar. The Series 91 Theremin was designed by Bob Moog and sold by Big Briar between 1991 and 1997.
The cabinet of the model 91A is in the style of the original Leon Theremin RCA Theremin, which was sold between 1930-1938.
I’m not a Theremin virtuoso, but I powered up the instrument and it seems to be functioning well, in that moving your hands varies the pitch from low to high, and the volume from soft to loud. The matching stand is included. There are some scuffs (as depicted in the photos) but other than that it is in great condition.
The original instruction manual is included.” Link
To my knowledge this is a factory produced theremin not a kit model.
The front panel shows beautiful Melodia logo together with the R.A. Moog logo…it shines history..
Item is in great restored condition, inside looks good. No excessive corrosion etc.
Woodwork is all original and great condition, original brass volume antenna plate on the side in place.
Antenna has been replace with modern one, old antenna was missing.
If you are looking for a super rare R.A. Moog item this is it.
Pictures are of actual item.” Link
“THE PROFESSIONAL” MODEL. TOP OF THE LINE THEREMIN
UNIT HAS HAD ONLY 2 OWNERS IN IT’S LIFE
THEREMIN WAS TAKEN TO ASHEVILLE N.C. MET DR MOOG BEFORE HE PASSED.
DR. MOOG COMMENTS THAT IS WAS VERY FINE CONDITION (NO DOCUMENTS OF THE VISIT)
THEREMIN HAS ALL ORIGINAL PARTS IN THE TONE COMPARTMENT. ORIGINAL ON/OFF SWITCH IS SHORTED ON. WILL LEAVE TO NEW OWNER TO REPLACE.
THE ORIGINAL AC CORD & SPEAKER WIRES HAVE BEEN REPLACED. 3 FILTER CAPS REPLACED IN AMP. ORIGINAL CAN CAPS STILL ON CHASSIS.
ORIGINAL BROCHURE DETAILING ALL MODELS INCLUDED
THEREMIN HAS 4 TONE COLORS. (PRINCIPAL,HORN,WOODWIND,STRING) VERY CLEAN SOUND & WORKS GREAT.
ORIGINAL OWNER HAD CUSTOM TRAVEL-STORAGE BOX MADE. UNIT FITS TIGHT IN BOX” Link
ago from a radio collector.
It was missing its doors and antennae when it came to me, the and
exterior was in poor shape, there was a large gash across its front ,and
the beading was damaged.
The doors have now been replaced(one of the doors is an original from
another RCA theremin), replacement antennae have been faithfully copied
by a remarkable craftsman and theremin enthusiast, (they need to be
nickel plated), and the cabinet has been refinished on its exterior.The
interior has been left as found, in good shape. The legs are original
and intact as found.The beading has been replaced.
In the photos can be seen the replacement antennae compared to
original ones, the theremin for sale compared to one with an original
finish( the original is darker than others I’ve seen),the number “502″
stamped on the bottom of the door. The left cabinet door is slightly
warped out at the bottom.The speaker power receptacle needs a
replacement cover, its base is intact.There is clear plastic wrapped
around the pitch and volume coils to protect the wire.
Something remarkable about this theremin is when I first assembled it
and slowly warmed it up , it was functioning absolutely fine , I
didn”t even have to fiddle with the tuning capacitors. As it is now,
I haven’t warmed it up in years,and it will be sold as is,with all
the original electronics intact. The next owner will have to use
their care skill and patience to maintain this rare ,80+ year old
electronic music artifact. If you are unaware of the instrument or
its history there are tons of sources availabe on the internet,the
movie “Theremin, An Electronic Odyssey” and A. Glinskys book
“Theremin, Ether Music and Espionage”are excellent resources.Other
leads for info are looking under the subjects; Clara Rockmore, Lucie
Bigelow Rosen, Lev Termen, Robert Moog, Samuel Hoffman.
If the buyer is able to pick up the theremin, I will throw in
(gently) an RCA 106 speaker,” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Extremly rare R.A. Moog melodia theremin from 1962, a GREAT collector piece!! Excellent cosmetic and perfect working conditions. Shipping and packing costs to Europe are of 32 euro about. Spedizione e imballaggio in Italia: 14 euro ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“You are bidding on a Vintage Melodia theremin.This was sold in kit form in the 1960′s by the R. W. Moog Company. I purchased this one at a yard sale many years ago. Externally it is in quite good condition, however, as can be seen from the photos, the chassis has a fair amount of rust. The rust doesn’t seem to affect it’s operation, as I recently tested it, and it seems to work fine, with both the pitch and volume antennas appearing to work as they should. It comes with the original manual, which includes the circuit diagram and detailed building instructions.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Simply amazing. Lots of pictures following the link.
Yes, a 1929 RCA THEREMIN with RCA Speaker!
The Real Thing . . not a copy or reissue.
The Genuine Article.
One of 485 ever built, and experts estimate perhaps half of them still exist. To describe it as “RARE” is stating the obvious!
Works well and sounds very nice. Beautiful traditional Theremin Tone
Condition: Amazing for being 80 years old. The electronics appear to be all original with no obvious mods or repairs. The wood cabinet of the Theremin appears to be the original finish and displays well for its age, although one back door has some warping. The speaker has an obvious grill cloth issue, but cone seems okay. AC cord is brittle. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
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“PRISTINE moog etherwave pro theremin. barely used but beautiful instrument. mine is number 434 of (i think) a limited edition of 800. never gigged with it because i didn’t want to damage it and i have other theremins for gigging. in great “like new” condition. the only times i’ve played it is when someone asks me what the heck that thing in the corner of the room is. included with item is foam padded soft case for the etherwave pro and will be shipped in box it came in. so it’s part of a limited edition of 80 theremins not 800. “Special and Final Edition. Last 80 instruments to have walnut grain finished” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This is perhaps the most desirable and rarest example of a Theremin (besides the original RCA units) – the Moog Ethervox. It’s also the only Theremin to ever directly incorporate MIDI out – drive external synthesizers with the wave of a hand. If you’re looking at this auction, you probably know all about this marvel – there are less than 50 in existence, and they originally sold for almost $5000 new. These units rarely come up for auction, and they are owned by the world’s leading Thereminists. The sound is sweet – and highly tweakable. There’s really nothing like the Ethervox, it’s the ultimate expression of this class of instrument, the pinnacle of Bog Moog’s incomparable analog and digital engineering skills.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.