Tuesday, January 31, 2012

retrotech / ersatz-analogue

via http://www.psfk.com/2012/01/grammaphone-iphone-dock.html (via Daily Swarm):

"Retro Acoustic iPhone Docks Turn Your Device Into A Gramophone [Pics]
By Emma Hutchings on January 31, 2012

These impressive iPhone docks mix the old and the new to create a unique sound. Tunes from your device are sent from the speaker through a small hole in the base leading to the instrument, which acoustically amplifies the music.

These striking retro docks are made by Ryan Boase and available at his ReAcoustic Etsy shop. The bases are made from salvaged wood, and antique gramophone horns and old musical instruments like trumpets and trombones are reused as amplifiers. The docks, which range in price from around $60 to nearly $600, don’t need any batteries or power cords. Boase describes his project, saying:

ReAcoustic is a way for me to be surrounded by music again. It combines another hobby of mine, woodworking with the instruments I loved playing growing up. ReAcoustic was inspired by the “old school” phonographs and their distigushed, vintage sound. It started with brass instruments and has evolved into other areas of acoustic amplification.

more information and pictures of the things at


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