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Theremin Building Workshop

Students will build a full sized tube driven Theremin from a custom kit designed to provide the wonderfully rich sound and perennial reliability of the original tube circuit design of Leon Theremin.  Theremin kit includes an wood cabinet enclosure ready for custom finishing to your personal taste.  All  built to last a lifetime.

images-8Course description

The class will include lecture/demonstrations and a hands-on workshop under the guidance of the instructor over the course of a weekend.  Students will build their own Theremin from a specially designed tube schematic based on the original from the 1930’s and a kit of components and an enclosure assembled and made specifically for this solid build by the designers at Specimen. The kits are complete – they will include our custom wood enclosure, control panel, antennas and all of the necessary electrical wiring, components and tubes.   Theremins should be ready to play at the end of class.

Wood cabinet enclosures provided for this Theremin class will be unfinished.  Students may choose to finish their Theremin on their own or when enrolled in our Finishing & Relicing course, where they can learn to apply nitro cellulose and other finishes.  They may also choose to have their Theremin professionally finished by the experts at Specimen for an additional fee.


Ian Schneller is the founder and chief instructor of the Chicago School of Guitar Making. With over 800 handmade instruments bearing his Specimen name, he brings a wellspring of knowledge to the classroom with the mission of perpetuating the tradition of handcraft and design innovation. He has shown his work in a variety of museums around the country and is a faculty member of the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


This weekend course is given 10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday and includes catered lunches and refreshments.


Enrollment is limited to 8 students.


Course fee includes tuition, the use of specialized tools, shop supplies, work bench and catered lunches and refreshments.  Kit is surcharged. 


Enroll online on this page with a credit card or paypal, or by phone: 773.489.4830, or with a check mailed to us or in person.  You will receive a registration confirmation email once we receive payment.


Click Here for a list of nearby places to stay during seminars, along with transportation information.

Register  Online

Make your selection of the class dates you wish to attend (and the type of kit if applicable) in Available Dates column on the upper right of this page and click ENROLL NOW > Enter the required information and then proceed to pay by clicking the Paypal button where you can pay with either Paypal or a Credit Card.  NOTE: It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use their service:

Registration by Phone:  773.489.4830

If you prefer registering by phone with your credit card: Please call us at 773.489.4830 and we will complete your registration over the phone.  We will send you a confirmation via email, or by snail mail if you prefer.

Register by MAIL with a CHECK

You must first contact us to register to pay by check in the mail.  Please call us at 773.489.4830 to reserve your space in the class.  Please print out the registration form and mail it to:
  Specimen Products 
1240 N. Homan Ave  
Chicago, IL 60651   We will email or snail mail your enrollment confirmation upon receipt of your mail-in registration form/payment.

Register in Person

You can come in to the shop during business hours and enroll using cash, your credit card, or a personal check. We’re open Monday through Friday 12 – 7 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm. We are closed on Sundays.  Map our location. Please call us at 773.489.4830 to let us know that you wish to register, so that we can save your space.