(Sounds like something you’d find in Warehouse 13)
For many weeks I’ve been trying to come up with a cabinet design for the vacuüm tube Theremin I built a while ago.
I decided that the electronics were far too marvelous to hide away in the classic RCA “drinks cabinet” – and that something more radical was required. (Electronic design by Mark Keppinger – more information is available here)
…and it had to have *lots* of elliptical curves. (‘Cos nothing says CNC like ellipses)
What I wanted was something that would be open enough on the front, back and sides so that the coils and tubes would be visible. It was routed from 3/4″ MDF and then the beveled edge was created using a small table router and “tracing” bit.
I still need to figure out a way to attach the antenna – and replace the 1/2″ copper tubing with some stainless steel, or brass. The front panel will eventually house the pitch tracker and midi interface I designed.
The speaker is not in the ‘ideal’ place for performance – it should really be behind the player’s head. This position does allow the speaker to be placed facing forwards or backwards, and it can be removed completely and placed on another stand if required.
I’ve been experimenting with different paint finishes – and I think that black satin is probably the best. High gloss would be nice, but requires more maintenance. Unfortunately the seasonal window on spray painting is starting to close, so it might be spring next year before I can finish the project.
…and even though the Fritz Lang thing was a joke – it does remind me of this scene from Metropolis.