Claravox Centennial Theremin - Post Your Thoughts Here

Posted: 11/23/2020 9:49:32 PM
DiggyDog

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

I created a Facebook group for the Claravox.

Here it is if anyone is interested.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2822680571313933

Posted: 11/24/2020 3:02:34 PM
bisem

From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joined: 1/1/2011

I ordered one and would eventually like to build my own stand but am wondering if it will mount on a standard mic stand until I can do that.   I think the overpriced stand they sell looks like a telescope tripod and isn't very attractive to me.  I hated the rickety stand that came with my E pro and built a sturdy stand something like the one Peter Pringle has.  IMO the stand should have been included for the price.

Posted: 11/24/2020 3:47:04 PM
pitts8rh

From: Minnesota USA

Joined: 11/27/2015

"I ordered one and would eventually like to build my own stand but am wondering if it will mount on a standard mic stand until I can do that." -bisem

According to the Q&A, yes:


Will a regular mic stand work?

Yes, any mic stand with a standard thread will work. The bottom of the Claravox has an adapter that allows you to quickly attach the adapter to a standard Mic Stand and then attach Claravox to the adapter with large thumb screws which makes it much easier to take on and off (no more “spinning” the theremin around the mic stand!). You will want to check the height of your stand against your own playing height. The shape of Claravox adds about 12” of height between the top of the stand and the antennas. The matching Claravox Stand (optional) is designed with this height consideration in mind.

I ordered mine without a stand with the same idea in mind - it's easy enough to build something equally capable for a lot less.  But then I weakened after a couple weeks and tacked a matching stand onto the order.  I started thinking that if this does get sold it would be best to have the stand to go with it.  But I agree with you both on the looks and the price.

Posted: 11/25/2020 7:28:33 PM
bisem

From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joined: 1/1/2011

 Thanks for that info.  I agree that it would be nice to sell as a set if the theremin turns out to be a dud but they may have stands available in inventory to purchase later since they are being sold at that price point.  At least it looks sturdier that that P.O.S. that came with the EWP.

Posted: 12/1/2020 7:29:00 PM
dewster

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

The Claravox & stand is available at Sweetwater - there's even a lefty version:
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ClaravoxR--moog-claravox-centennial-theremin-right-handed
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ClaravoxL--moog-claravox-centennial-theremin-left-handed
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ClaravoxStd--moog-claravox-theremin-stand

They just swap the antenna sides, and the front panel controls are the same, which is a little weird.

It's also at Musician's Friend, Kraft, and Thomann:
https://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboards-midi/moog-claravox-centennial-edition-theremin-right-hand
https://www.kraftmusic.com/moog-claravox-centennial-theremin.html
https://www.thomannmusic.com/moog_claravox_centennial_theremin.htm

Does the stand fold or somehow break down?  I wonder if there's any grease on that huge piano stool worm screw thingy to get all over things?  And I wonder if the black central leg piece is metal or plastic?

I must say, the semi-profile view of the Claravox looks pretty swanky.

Posted: 12/1/2020 7:57:37 PM
DreadVox

From: The East of Netherlands

Joined: 6/18/2019

The Claravox can also be pre-ordered from Wilco (Ethermagic), for those in the Netherlands/Europe for a little bit less expensive than Thomann:
https://www.ethermagic.eu/Claravox

Posted: 12/2/2020 2:20:13 PM
flegel

Joined: 12/2/2020

Does the stand fold or somehow break down?  I wonder if there's any grease on that huge piano stool worm screw thingy to get all over things?  And I wonder if the black central leg piece is metal or plastic?I must say, the semi-profile view looks pretty sharp.

the product page states that its "designed to quickly assemble and breakdown for easy portability".
I wanted to wait for first hands-on reviews originally but whatever, now i preordered. if anyone is DE/EU and wants the stand too, music store has it bundled with the theremin for 49 € off
music store offer

Posted: 12/2/2020 7:19:46 PM
Ruslan

Joined: 7/23/2010

Hi, can anyone confirm if Thierry's EPVM1345 volume mod is compatible with Claravox or not?

Posted: 12/2/2020 10:10:42 PM
Thierry

From: Colmar, France

Joined: 12/31/2007

The Claravox has probably a different volume discriminator circuit and has thus a different volume response. Nobody knows up to now if it needs a module to fix a sloppy volume response. 
And if it really needed one (I don’t think that Moog music inc would make the same error twice), I bet it will require a completely different module due to the different circuit. 
Time will tell.
The EPro was built from 2005 to 2007, the EPVM1345 was only ready in late 2008.
Nobody knows yet how many Claravox will be built and sold and if it will be of real interest outside the Synth geek scene and appeal the classic player who truly needs a sophisticated volume response for expressive playing. 

It might be that this Claravox is just a short marketing hype from Moog and it will be forgotten in 6 months.

Too many questions for the moment. But you can be sure that the day when Lydia Kavina, Carolina Eyck or Thorwald Jørgensen knock on my door asking if some (not yet known) birth defect of the Claravox can be fixed, I’ll start thinking about a solution.

Posted: 12/9/2020 3:00:59 AM
CB Thereminist

From: Ontario

Joined: 1/28/2020

So... for us Canadians, do we even have any dealers to buy from who have locations here/actually ship here? I genuinely can't find anything aside from Steve's Music Store, and only having one supplier is discouraging.

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