Sunday, July 15, 2007


I'm not patient enough to get a good photo, but I think you get an idea of the cool factor.

Jae found the idea in Ready Made, a mag she likes. They had a project where you find an old radio, gut it, slide some PC speakers into it, and presto, retro cool speakers for your MP3 player or computer.

When I said I wanted to do it, Jae thrust her fists in the air and said, "Yes, I've passed on the meme." She told me she knew the perfect place to look for the old radio. She took me to the place in Albuquerque, on San Mateo, known as the Indoor Flea Market. What I found was not a radio. It was speaker. I removed the guts, slipped in some little speakers Jae originally had for her CD Walkman, and we have stylin' audio equipment in the library. The brand name of the original speaker, which is on the front, is Telefunken.


JimII said...

Josh, that is the coolest frickin thing I've seen in a long time. That is basically an interior decorating idea and I still think it is awesome.


Matt Dick said...

Telefunken is still a company. I think it was founded at the end of the 19th century, amazingly enough. They've competed heavily with Motorola over the years.


Josh Gentry said...

Thanks, Jim. I'm ridiculously pleased with it. It's cool.

Matt, Telefunken has some interesting history. From Wikipedia:

"In 1911, Kaiser Wilhelm II sent Telefunken engineers to West Sayville, New York to erect three 600-foot (180-m) radio towers there. Nikola Tesla assisted in the construction. A similar station was erected in Nauen, creating the only wireless communication between North America and Europe."

Apparently thier vintage microphones are much prized by musicians.

Matt Dick said...

Well if you can claim a link to Tesla, you pretty much rule the world of cool.


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