|Project by seandietrich||posted 03-12-2010 04:11 AM||5558 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
A local art gallery in Seaside wanted an iphone amplifier that would convert the sound from the lower speakers into louder sound to play in the gallery.
I found an old Victrola Edison horn, and took the attached pieces apart carefully. Then I assembled an red oak box, and routed out a hole the exact size of the iphone for the cradle.
The real trick is underneath (not shown here) the top where I have rigged a few hoses that feed into the horn. When the iphone sits in the cradle it creates a nice seal that channels the sound through the hoses and out through the horn. It’s really amazing actually. The music that is produced is quite volumous. It has to be seen to be believed. I think there are some videos online of similar contraptions if you look hard enough.
This one took some thought, planning and a bit of engineering on my end, but I like how it all came together. I finished the oak box to look antique by distressing it a bit, and oiling it.
-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye