Moog Claravox Centennial Theremin

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Theremin

  • Electronics based on Bob Moog's Etherwave Pro circuit
  • Mode switch between "Modern" and "Traditional"
  • Pitch quantization and scale selection in Modern mode
  • Analog delay
  • Preset memory
  • One-step calibration
  • MIDI integration
  • Software editor for quick access to the parameters for Mac / iOS and Windows / Android
  • Dimensions without antennas: 203.3 x 151.3 x 425.7 mm
  • Dimensions with antennas: 727 x 186.6 x 740 mm
  • Weight: 3.81 kg
  • Includes removable wooden pitch arm, pitch antenna, volume antenna, calibration tool, certificate of authenticity and power supply

Connections:

  • Line out
  • Headphone output
  • Tuner out
  • Pitch out
  • Volume out
  • Sustain Pedal In
  • Expression Pedal In
  • MIDI In / Out
  • USB
  • Power supply connection: 12 V DC
available since August 2021
Item number 505911
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Keys 0
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Number of simultaneous Voices 1
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface None
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port No
Effects Delay
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
Pedal Connections None
Dimensions 727 x 186.6 x 740 mm
Weight 3,8 kg
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A flawed classic in the making
Pelicashka 25.04.2022
This is the third theremin that I've owned. I started with a Big Briar Etherwave standard, followed by a poorly maintained second-hand Etherwave Pro, which unfortunately had to go due to various issues. My standard Etherwave is already aging, so I could not wait to get my hands on (or around?) the Claravox.

As a musical instrument Claravox plays and sounds great in both the Traditional (analogue) and Modern (digital) mode. It has plenty of knobs to play with to customize your sound, a built-in analogue delay that sounds great and an option to hook it up to your computer, phone or tablet via USB. The mobile or desktop app opens up tons of additional controls allowing to sculpt sounds in the Modern mode, as well as a large number of presets (made by renowned theremin performers) otherwise not accessible.

In general, Claravox feels like a solidly built quality instrument, however one can't help but feel that some corners have been cut in the making of it. For example, while looking like fabric, the beige front and back panels are nothing but plastic, wrapped in some textured paper-like material. The body itself, and especially the antennas feel very solid and high quality. Still, the enclosure feels a bit unbalanced, and kind of hollow. The stand adapter on the bottom of Claravox works okay, but it's a bit difficult to set up and requires some patience and careful adjustments.

If you're considering buying this instrument, you probably already know everything about its well-documented quirks and shortcomings. I only have one real issue with mine. The volume antenna does not mute the sound completely, like it should, so even with your hand almost touching the loop, you can hear some sound bleeding through. This, for some reason, is not an issue with my other lefty Claravox. I am not sure if this can be fixed with a software update, as this only affects the Traditional mode.

I'm sure that most of the issues can be fixed with time, either by Moog or by the community and independent theremin engineers.

This is a limited run instrument, so chances are it will follow the fate of other boutique Moog instruments like the Etherwave Pro theremin, Taurus 3 and others, that have grown in price and are now hard to find.

Will it achieve a cult status and be regarded as classic? Not sure, but time will tell.
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Fantastic
Robert6839 21.07.2022
This is a very otherworldly idea to start with but the Clara Vox goes even deeper. I’m not sure I’m so keen yet on the modern function, I bought it so I could use it for traditional use together with the fact it has an analogue delay built in and looks very pretty. The packaging, wood and quality are brilliant let alone the sound quality.
Playing theremin is very difficult to do very well, it takes a great deal of practice so bear that n mind if you’re just starting out, but you could say this about nearly every other musical instrument. I recommend the Clara Vox 100%
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Rent fantastiskt!
Vuonelo 09.04.2022
Jag var jätte orolig inför inköp. Jag hörde mycket oroväckande betyg av claravox- att vissa grejer inte fungerar, att det går inte att koppla, att det är svår reglerad ifrån början osv. Jag tyckte att instrument som är så ovanlig och kostar mycket skulle fungera bra. Det finns inte så mycket man kan välja bland thereminer t.ex. etherwave standard moog- är inte längre tillgänglig alls. När man vill ha t.ex. fjol eller kromatik lyra det är enklare att hitta en luthier som kan tillverka ett bra instrumentet. Med thereminer är helt annat grej. I alla fall är jag HELT NÖJD och HELT FÖRÄLSKAD i claravoxen!! Ljudet är så fantastisk och det finns så många möjligheter att jag inte behöver göra något i musikprogram för att ändra något i waveform. Utmärkt instrument. Fungerar i både modes: modern + traditionell. Alla mina extra gitarr effect passar och låter jätte bra med det. Strax kommer jag att spela in min första musikstycke på claravox och lägga det på min youtube-kanal. Inget fel på instrumentet som jag fått. Jag är jätte-ultra glad :D. +Thomann skickar alltid paket snabbt och har bra kundservice. <3
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Maupet 19.06.2022
Une version très aboutie, qualitative et fonctionnelle du célèbre Theremin, dans une esthétique soignée. Un instrument qui demande aussi un apprentissage sérieux !
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