This is how I was hoping to feel. This short video is from Cirque Berserk which I caught yesterday. If you get a chance to see the show then I highly recommend it.
Okay, here's the kit as it arrived. Everything looks good so far. I couldn't wait to get it open and to start exploring the bits...
Here was me preparing myself for the plunge. I got everything I needed together and immediately realised that I couldn't read the small writing on the capacitors. And then I realised that I couldn't figure out which resistor was which. As you know, I'm colourblind and there were no hints in the kit that were going to help me overcome this.
With a heavy heart, I packed it all away again.
Next up I tried to make sense of the resistors. I did this by measuring them with my multimeter. I stuck on some masking tape and wrote on it the measurements and the part numbers (once I'd figured them out). It was pretty easy to do, just boring.
I'm not convinced it's working as it should. This isn't really the Theremin-like instrument that I'd hope it would be. This one makes quite an annoying sound! Ha ha :-D
Now, I've heard it working, perhaps the next step is to pull it all to pieces again and this time breadboard some modifications. For a start, I want to ditch the batteries. Perhaps if I can figure out what each bit is doing I can break it up into chunks that will allow me to have a better chance of reworking it?
I shouldn't complain too much, because this has been a hugely informative project... even if it's a lesson in how not to do projects.
So there you have it... How not to make a Theremin. Onwards and upwards!