A few days ago I've bought a Jaycar MKII kit on ebay and started building it.
I had problems wich were reported on Diagnosing Jaycar/EPE/Silicon Chip/Kees Enkelaar Theremins topic and, inspired on Jason's mods, have decided to "upgrade" my MKII so that I could get more from it... Since my knowldge on eletronics is (really) too short, I knew I would have problems on addapting Jasons's mods, wich are made for an earlier version of this theremin, and Thierry helped me out with his schematics, designed on MKII schematics.
Meanwhile changes were being applyed I thought on a design to the cabinet... I had some wood from another project and decided to use it, a redish brazilian native wood (called canharanha or cañaraña) and some pine wood for details, all inspired on Moog EW design... A picture of wood details and my first drawing (MS Paint) are posted bellow:
The cabinet is almost finished, I'll post news (and pics) as soon as possible!
Hope you enjoy it! (and sorry about my bad english)
ggj1977(Dr Guilherme), I did not recognize your level of discipline from viewing your very first post. Your woodwork is beautiful. Can you tell me the inside dimensions of your enclosure. The speaker at the bottom does have practical value, possibly something other than you imagine.
(Your large photos should be smaller so the text does not run off edge.)
Thank you! I just varnished it minutes ago and as I made it "by eye", with limited wood stock, it's gonna be quite hard to take exact dimensions... But I surely post it as soon as possible! The speaker is at the botton for two reasons: 1- to be hiden, and 2- because I realy don't like those lots of holes as its on the original version... But I'll probably protect it with a metal computer cooler grid like this on the image below:
If you liked my job, here is the link to a post of another woodwork I've made:
You must live on the coast of the So. Atlantic Ocean and it looks like you made a spear fishing weapon. This could come in handy the first public theremin performance you give. I understand the black paint and the question of leaving the wood natural. Black looks scarier!
Edit: Just tell me the rough inside theremin enclosures height, width and depth +/-13mm.
ggj1977, the dimensions are excellent, I have a reason for this question. One day in the future when you are setup and comfortable with your theremin I would enjoy finding out more about your experience, the likes & dislikes of the Jaycar design. I had a bias against them until Thierry stepped in and enhanced its performance.
I do not not recommend the Jaycar as few samples of it exists in performance after many years on the market. It is a good starter build to get practice at soldering. If an engineer recommended this model I would be suspect of their motives.
Thanks RS Theremin and SewerPipe... I'll surely post my experiences about this project at the end... And sound samples will be available as soon as its finished!!
Today I've finished 1st varnish layer and sanding... Next layer tonight and finishing cabinet untill the weekend... Mod components are gonna be a little late... Maybe in 10-15 days... :/
As promised, pictures of my new cabinet varnished, sanded and polished till #2 polishing paste, all handmade, at home and done on my freetime:
Bottom (some details have to be reviewed, such as sanding varnish bubbles and drops):
Inside (showing board stand, pot housing and speaker):
Next post, I'm intendig to post pictures of Thierry's schematics applied and housed into cabinet!
Hope you'll enjoy!