Here’s something you might not know about me…. If I had copious amounts of money I would opt to live in an old airplane hanger, collect WWII helmets and 1920′s music paraphernalia. Then I’d happily spend the rest of my life restraining Andrea from glittering my beloved treasures.

As with most dreams you’ve gotta start somewhere right? That’s what I said to myself when I spotted a 1920′s phonograph at a local consignment shop. It took no time for me to I snap it up, bring it home and spend hours admiring the gorgeous patina and billowy sound it created. Isn’t she a beaut?

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Phonograph

 

 

Although this appears to be an original 1920′s Victor Victorola phonograph it is not. It’s actually a knock-off of a knock-off. Probably created somewhere in East Asia. We’re no experts but it doesn’t appear to be cheap knock-off as the craftsmanship is pretty decent and all of the mechanisms actually work! The horn has a slight crunch on one side and is not fully attached as it is supposed to be. This does not lessen my love for this piece though. The authentic seductive sound it creates and aged induced imperfections add a warmth to our home that can’t be replicated with any other piece of furniture or technology.

We also couldn't resist purchasing the Nipper Fox Terrier statue. Who cares that it is also a knock-off, they look great together right?

It’s gorgeous but I couldn’t deny my geeky urge to figure out a way to turn my phonograph into an iPhoneograph so we could play Louis Armstrong, Van Halen and Lady Gaga all from one sweet vintage device. An eclectic playlist that would surely have Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison shaking their heads from above.

Anyway, I Google’d phonograph conversions and did not find anything useful, so I did what most geeks do and went into “concepting” overdrive. What happened next was a series of mad inventor events that can only be described as an OCD person with a soldering gun and too much caffeine. Then something brilliant happened which is best illustrated in the video recollection below.

If you didn’t watch the video then let me just sum up it up by quoting our recently deceased modern day Edison, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”—Steve Jobs

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and when my glitter obsessed wife brings together two groundbreaking inventions with ease, the only thing I can say is….. “Damn it why didn’t I think of that?” Happy weekend everyone.

******UPDATE*******

Our neighbor found these awesome more modern iPhonographs in an Anthropologie catalog which you can find on page 24 of their November catalog here. They even repourposed old phonograph horns! They are very pretty but with a price tag ranging from $700-$900 we’ll stick with our rigged up iPhonograph ;)

 

Cliff Currie, Mr. ManMade, Andrea Currie Crafts, CliffCurrie.com, DIY

 

 

 


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