I have big plans for this old neglected, trashed radio cabinet from the 30's...stay tuned! (Pun intended)
I went to the markets one sunny Sunday morning and came across this Radiola speaker cabinet built January 18, 1921. Originally the speaker was covered in a tight weave gold cloth. It is a completely empty case which would have housed two very large speakers back to back and used outside. Part of a radio.
Anyway I thought what a perfect bluetooth speaker it would make. It stands 42cm high and the speaker enclosure is 35cm in diameter......this thing is BIG! So I bought a cheap blue tooth speaker from K-Mart and dismantled it. I took a 25 watt amplifier (which I had on hand) and output the bluetooth speaker into the amp. I had also picked up some cheap car speakers (15 watt each - $5 AUD for both) and connected them to the amp output.
Once all was set up I pulled out my iPhone turned on the bluetooth, found the speaker and logged on...well....to say this thing is loud is an understatement, it was ear shatteringly beautiful...a party machine at heart. My next step is to 'beautify' the cabinet. I'll keep you posted.
This is an updated version of iPhonograph 'Too Tone' and has gone to Centenary Institute to raise much needed funds for research into cures for cancer. The iPhonograph raised $1,000 in their silent auction. This was optimised to be used with the iPhone 5 which it will also charge and can charge anything with a lightning connector.
This one also has a remote control and plays your music beautifully.
This is it's third and final incarnation....see if you can find the differences.
I found this old wooden case which is perfect for my next project. Here are a few photos.
The handle is from an old wine cask drinks cabinet. (Badly made) The handle is solid metal, nice and big! I have painted the box a beautiful metallic blue which will offset the brass and copper I add later.