Looking for replacement antennae for ancient Moogt theremin

Posted: 10/13/2006 9:24:53 PM

Joined: 10/13/2006

We have an old theremin that is housed in a wooden case (a metal chassis extends from the back). We have misplaced both antennae and would like help in finding replacements. There is
no model number identifying it, but the R.A. Moog name is on the front panel. It is about 6-1/2 inches high and about 21 inches long. The pitch antenna port is located on the top of the right
handend, and the single volume antenna port is located on the left hand side.

To further identify the instrument, the front panel controls, reading fromleft to right, are:

Volume Adjustment knob

rotary switch: off/silent/soft/loud

volume knob

vertical selector slide switch:

vertical selector slide switch: superoctave/quint/octave/fundamental

amplifier jack and 4-pin connector

pitch adjustment knob.

Any help you may give for sourcing replacement
antennae will be appreciated. I can email a digital photo of the instrument, if that would help.

Best regards, tj
Posted: 10/13/2006 10:41:25 PM

From: Undisclosed location without Dick Cheney

Joined: 2/21/2005

If I were you, I'd start by looking at the Moog Archives (http://moogarchives.com/) to see if I could find the instrument. If that fails, I'd just call Moog Music (http://www.moogmusic.com/) and see if they're willing to talk with me about it.
Posted: 10/13/2006 10:45:37 PM

From: Undisclosed location without Dick Cheney

Joined: 2/21/2005

Incidentally, it sounds like you're describing this one:

If that's it, call Moog Music and talk to them about it first.
Posted: 10/14/2006 9:34:03 AM

Joined: 10/13/2006

Thank you, Tom. The picture you directed me to in the Moog archives is exactly what we have.

Actually, I started by contacting Moog Music, and they said that don't support vintage theremins. They steered me to this site. I can understand that they can't spend time servicing products that are over half a century old..

I hoping that, perhaps, someone might have the antennae from an otherwise defunct Model 351 instrument.

If I can figure out how to replicate the antenna connector that fits into the antenna ports, I may be able to make something that works.

Thanks again.

Posted: 10/14/2006 8:32:19 PM

From: Undisclosed location without Dick Cheney

Joined: 2/21/2005

What I think you're going to find is that old Moog Theremins are sufficiently valuable that nobody is going to want to cannibalize one for parts. You'd do better to find someone local who does metal work and bring them the instrument to take measurements from and the photo so they can see what they're working on and ask them to fabricate the antennas for you.

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