Moog Music is one of the world’s biggest and most eminent manufacturers of synthesizers, hardware, and other instruments and accessories, though the Asheville-based outfit had a humble start, with a 19-year-old Robert Moog originally selling theremin kits in the 1950s. And though the company later achieved mainstream success with the launch of the world’s first commercial synth (the Minimoog), the theremin undeniably played a pivotal role in Moog’s history. And with 2020 marking the 100th anniversary since the theremin was first released, Moog is marking the occasion with a limited-edition performance theremin.
Christened the “Claravox Centennial,” this top-shelf theremin is built around a fine-grain walnut wood cabinet paired with brass antennas, a cloth-adorned control panel, and an optional stand. On top 14-knob control panel and a dedicated software editor, the system also lets players select between old-school heterodyne analog oscillators or modern multimode DSP oscillators with configurable quantization, scales, and octave ranges. There’s also DIN MIDI, USB, and CV inputs and outputs. In addition to celebrating the early days of electric music, the limited edition theremin also pays homage to Clara Rockmore, one of, if not the all-time greatest theremin player. Available for preorder now, the Moog Claravox Centennial Edition Theremin is priced at $1,499.