Iphone (or Ipod) Victrola Amplifier

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Project by seandietrich posted 03-12-2010 04:11 AM 6412 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 04:16 AM

Hey thats cool.
I like it!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 04:24 AM

Great looking rig, and very good idea..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 04:40 AM

Neat idea indeed. Does that seaside happen to be the one near panama city beach? I used to leave near there as a kid.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 07:28 AM

Wow, awesome idea.

-- jn

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 07:47 AM

It sure is… about 1 hour away from PC! Small world!

-- "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

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 04:14 PM

Pretty cool, intuitive, and original. I think it’s kind of cool that your mashing modern technology with old school contraptions. And it works well, plus it’s something that can be displayed and will generate much talk.


-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 03:03 AM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 03-13-2010 01:46 PM

Great recycling idea and merging of technologies…. I would love to hear it, and am sure it does a great job of acoustical amplification.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#9 posted 03-22-2010 01:03 AM

niice design
great recycling
but a picture of the inside woooood be great


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#10 posted 03-22-2010 01:15 AM

I would love to hear that also.. Another great use of recycled parts!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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#11 posted 03-17-2011 04:22 PM

Nice desugn! Have you seen the acoustic amplifier for iPhone at

-- jim@koostik

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