Claravox Centennial Theremin - Post Your Thoughts Here

Posted: 3/12/2021 3:00:22 PM
dewster

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

"I fixed the name for them, just in case the delays run on ..."  - pitts8rh

Hilarious!  I'm somewhat more optimistic regarding the shipping date:

Posted: 3/12/2021 5:40:19 PM
bendra

From: Portland, Oregon

Joined: 2/22/2018

Here's the same message on Moog's website:

https://www.moogmusic.com/news/claravox-centennial-production-update

Hopefully that can be the "source of truth" until they actually ship

Posted: 3/12/2021 5:44:49 PM
ContraDude

From: Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Joined: 12/12/2020

Here's the same message on Moog's website:https://www.moogmusic.com/news/claravox-centennial-production-updateHopefully that can be the "source of truth" until they actually ship

Glad they posted it - I checked late last night and it still wasn't up.


BTW, how do you guys post images on this board? I've tried and can only post links to other places on the 'net, rather than upload them here. Thanks!

Posted: 3/12/2021 5:59:35 PM
pitts8rh

From: Minnesota USA

Joined: 11/27/2015

"BTW, how do you guys post images on this board?" - ContraDude

1)  First upload your photo to an image site and use that URL, or create a photo album here: Media-->Photo Albums -->Add Album

2)  When you are in your album select the image so that it's full size. Right-click on the image (not a thumbnail) and select "Copy Image Location".

3)  Then go back to your post and select the "Insert an image" icon from the top row (second to the right of smiley) and do a ctrl-v paste into the URL box.

4)  Then press insert.  It should appear in your editor, and you can resize it if necessary by grabbing a corner.

Posted: 3/12/2021 6:18:28 PM
ContraDude

From: Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Joined: 12/12/2020

" . . . 1)  First upload your photo to an image site and use that URL, or create a photo album here: Media-->Photo Albums -->Add Album2) . . . 

Thanks for the help!

Now for the matter at hand, I haven't stopped laughing after seeing the creative images that were just posted in this thread; however, I'm afraid I'm a glass is half empty kinda guy, so I thought I'd post my own. As the announcement from Moog states, "It is our intention that every Claravox Centennial Millennial that leaves our factory is built to last and be passed down for generations," I just hope my great-great-great (etc.) grandchildren will enjoy the surprise delivery when they receive a package someday containing a beautiful new Claravox Millennial Edition Theremin! 


Posted: 4/14/2021 5:36:38 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Quality takes time, especially in a world where everything is out of stock and suppliers are all backordered on parts too. I recall when I ordered my Ethervox back in ~1997 it was nearly 10 months later before it shipped. 

Posted: 4/14/2021 1:44:49 PM
ContraDude

From: Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Joined: 12/12/2020

Quality takes time, especially in a world where everything is out of stock and suppliers are all backordered on parts too. I recall when I ordered my Ethervox back in ~1997 it was nearly 10 months later before it shipped.

The problem isn’t that quality takes time, it’s the fact that Moog wasn’t forthcoming about the status of delivery. I ordered mine on December 13th with the expectation, based on information from Moog (and the dealer, that had only received their information from Moog) that it would be shipped within two weeks. The only way to get the discounted price (20% off) from my dealer was to order it on credit or pay in full; I ordered on credit as the instrument was supposed to be shipped almost immediately. 

Obviously, that wasn’t true as Moog announced, just a few days after I ordered mine, and I put down a deposit, that there was a “delay.” Of course, that was disappointing but still no word as to why or how long (meanwhile, Moog’s site continued to state that instruments would be shipped by the end of December). 

After getting hit with my first bill (and an interest charge for an instrument that hadn’t been delivered as announced), I paid off the instrument so as to not receive anymore interest. (Why should I pay interest on something I hadn’t already received?) Still no word from Moog.

I contacted both Moog and the dealer several times over the next three months - still no information. After writing a rather strong letter to Moog last month, they finally posted an update to their site, which was MUCH appreciated. Even so, I have still plunked down a significant amount of money and paid for an instrument that I ordered four months ago and, apparently, production still hasn’t begun.

Again, the problem isn’t the delay but the fact that delivery was promised by a certain time and not only wasn’t that true but many of us have actually paid, in full for it. I don’t believe, for even a split second, that Moog didn’t know there was going to be a delay at the time I ordered mine last December. 

All of us greatly appreciate quality (and that’s what we’re expecting). Without going into too many details, I once had a (very, very expensive and extraordinarily high quality) musical instrument custom made for me - several decades ago. I had to put down a deposit (as it was made to my specifications) and the instrument uses some materials that are literally no longer available. I didn’t pay off the instrument until it was completely finished and ready to ship to me. Unlike Moog, I knew ALL of this upfront and the instrument took TWO and a HALF YEARS to be shipped to me. The manufacturer remains the leading maker of this instrument manufacturer has currently stopped taking orders as they only make fifty per year and they have a TWELVE YEAR backlog.

At present, Moog’s site still notes that they will begin production next month - May. We can only hope that they will really to so.

Posted: 4/14/2021 3:43:53 PM
DreadVox

From: The East of the Netherlands

Joined: 6/18/2019

While I'm quite interested in the Claravox, I would preferably hear and see the actual final production model in action, so far there only seem to be a couple of pre-production prototypes around and the actual intrument to be produced is still somewhere in the vaporware area from my poit of view, unfortunately.

Posted: 4/14/2021 5:52:29 PM
Guillaume

From: Edinburgh, Scotland

Joined: 1/3/2021

While I'm quite interested in the Claravox, I would preferably hear and see the actual final production model in action, so far there only seem to be a couple of pre-production prototypes around and the actual intrument to be produced is still somewhere in the vaporware area from my poit of view, unfortunately.

It's entirely possible that they'll stop taking orders once they start shipping the backlog. After all it was meant to be a time limited edition?  I feel this is a "jump in, think later" situation. I'm also not convinced they'll make a huge margin on those instruments.

Posted: 4/14/2021 6:13:21 PM
ContraDude

From: Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Joined: 12/12/2020

. . . I'm also not convinced they'll make a huge margin on those instruments.

I’m sure you’re correct. The last communication I had with my dealer, Prymaxe, concerned a recent promotion where they were offering 25% off many of their instruments. I asked if that included the Claravox as I had originally received 20% off but given the very long delay and the fact I had already paid in full, I tried to get a bit more. I was told no as their margins were already so low. They’re currently offering 20% off again but I don’t know if that includes the Claravox.

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