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Author Topic: Presenting Prof. Emilio Zuntaras' Bi-Orbital Spectral Audiometer (CD Player MOD)  (Read 33436 times)
Prof. Zuntaras
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« on: February 24, 2008, 03:45:53 am »

This was my first mod that I attempted after lurking for awhile and reading all your great posts.  It started life as a $14.00 CD player.



For the rest of the pictures I will just post clickable links.  I apologize in advance as I am truly the world's worst photographer.

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saone.jpg

This is a long shot.

There's quite a bit going on visually, these are the original plans....


http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saplans.jpg



Another shot of the front....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/satwo.jpg

Here are some various other shots....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/sathree.jpg

The brass wheel system that drives the bellows....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/safour.jpg

I etched roses into the glass of the bevel.  I tell people it is the English Country Rose edition and that I guarantee it will always be made in that style. (Practically no one in America gets that joke LOL).

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/safive.jpg

Some other angles....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/sasix.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saseven.jpg

This is the winding crank....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saeight.jpg

These are the actual controls for all of the functions....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/sanine.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saten.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saeleven.jpg


This is the back where the "speaker pipes" come out.....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/satwelve.jpg

The drive system again...

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/sathirteen.jpg


This is actually the volume control knob (fully functional)....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/safourteen.jpg

And some various other angles.....

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/safifteen.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/sasixteen.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saseventeen.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/saeighteen.jpg

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h91/zuntar/Steampunk%20CD%20player/sanineteen.jpg


Everything on it is fully functional and I hope to post a video link to a you tube video as soon as I figure out how and borrow a friend's camcorder (the one I own is so old it records directly to VHS). 

It is I-Pod convertible, but that just seems wrong somehow (one less spinning shiny thing!!!! A travesty! put the CD back in now!)


I was thinking about some ad copy for it.........


For the discriminating gentelman who is ready to step up from the grammaphone or wax cylinders, Professor Emilio Zuntaras humbly offers the Bi-Orbital Spectral Audiometer.  Superior sound quality and, at just over 50 pounds, it offers full portability..........


OK here is the link to the You Tube video of the device in action....



That's me in the video and I was so nervous and uncomfortable I had to shoot the thing 4 times.  The device was fine, but I kept screwing up.   Embarrassed

« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 02:32:16 am by Prof. Zuntaras » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 03:52:02 am »

That is utterly divine. Top notch work. Gah; nothing I can say does it justice. This is absolutely excellent.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 04:00:13 am »

Good sir, would you happen to have any build pictures?  I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to see how it was done.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008, 04:13:45 am »

You, sir, must have an entirely distillery of Awesome Sauce to have crafted that.

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 04:20:10 am »

Really really nice work!
Does the hand-crank actually charge it up, or is it more for looks?
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 05:49:20 am »

Sir, That is a work of art!

I would post more praise for your work, however the puddle of drool is noe shtorting oout mey keyyboard #'@;!   Grin

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 06:30:17 am »

I could imagine an ipod (or any kind of external contraption) version with the CD player porthole displaying either a spinning cog array or, if you want to dabble into high voltage, a "magical eye" wired to give graphical equalizer output.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008, 07:47:12 am »

Ah...
The closer I look the more awesome it gets.  This may take a few days to fully appreciate... 
I mean, everything's functional?  You're going to have to enumerate each bit, and how they connect - what do the knife switches do?  Do the bellows have any connection to the horns?  Do both horns work, and is the small one a tweeter?  What do the gauges indicate?  Does the crank actually power it?  Good grief...

I could probably say something snarky about spinning discs and digital music, but you've stunned the snark right out of me.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 10:01:28 am »

By Jove! What a masterpiece!

*gives standing ovation*
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 10:20:36 am »

must...see....the...inside......

it's simply beautiful.

I worship your skills.
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 11:08:40 am »

Distilled essence of steampunk in one single item.


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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2008, 11:23:57 am »

*picks up her jaw then joins the standing ovation*

i am literally floored. i have not seen a CD mod of this quality ever! i am just stunned.... and really wanna take it apart and see how it ticks...oh heheh im sure it has all sorts of niftiness in side

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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 11:43:33 am »

Oh great, now i want to make a CD player mod...*sigh*  to many projects to little time...

wonderfull work Smiley, my hat is of for you!

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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2008, 12:36:07 pm »

that is absolutely wonderful work!

ive been wanting to do something like this myself with an old cd player, but my google-fu fails and i cant find some horns anywhere, where did you get yours?
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2008, 12:48:22 pm »

*Joins standing ovation*

May I suggest some of these perhaps?

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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2008, 01:26:08 pm »

I think this deserves more than a standing ovation.

I think it should be posted on the main site!!!

How about it moderators?
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2008, 02:08:33 pm »

Reccomendation for putting it on the front page seconded forthwith! My oh my. I'm overawed.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2008, 02:19:20 pm »

Does the hand-crank actually charge it up, or is it more for looks?

LOL

It's actually a little of both.  The hand crank does not actually power the unit.  However, I wanted to give the illusion that if you cranked it you were tightening the main spring.  So when you crank the handle there is resistance and a rather loud clicking noise.  9 out of 10 people assume they are winding a spring that powers the brass wheel that drives the bellows.  In fact, the motor for the wheel is driven by a hidden 9-volt battery.
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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2008, 05:05:24 pm »

The design and execution are beyond brilliant.  markf
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« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2008, 05:41:08 pm »

Oh good lord jesus, are you sure is your first mod? Its professionally gorgeous. Grin
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« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2008, 06:47:50 pm »

Wow thats really fantastic Cheesy
I'm lost for words, its so very good!
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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2008, 12:58:49 am »

oh...my..god.

wow.

that's...divine.

*also heartily joins standing ovation*
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« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2008, 02:04:16 am »

Oh good lord jesus, are you sure is your first mod? Its professionally gorgeous. Grin

To be honest, I have been a "tinkerer" since I was a child.  I took the TV apart and put it back together when I was 9 years old.  I have always loved Victorian stuff (as you can tell from the pictures of my living room).  So my point is I have been living "Steampunk" for well over a decade.  Problem is until about 6 months ago I had never heard the word "Steampunk" or had any idea that there were other people like me out there LOL.  I found it was a better idea to stop showing people my inventions because they generally just thought it was weird and didn't understand it.  They also thought that I lived in a Victorian decorated apartment with no electric lighting (oil lamps, etc.) to be weird as well (then I bought my house in Florida which is not exactly a mecca for Victorianism).  So I guess I went into the "Steampunk" closet.

That is why I want to say a humble thank you to you guys for all your positive feedback. I am used to people just squinting at my stuff and muttering under their breath and walking away LOL.  It's nice to have folks who "get it."
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2008, 02:41:48 am »

I added a link to a You Tube video of the device in action to the end of the original thread post.  It may help explain some more about how it works.

BTW - I tried to comment on the You Tube video and put the web address of the site and the posting so people could see the pictures of this and everyone else's wonderful inventions but it wouldn't let me post a comment.  Perhaps you can not comment on your own video that you posted (this was my first foray into You Tube posting so I simply don't know). It may be that it just takes a while to show up (anybody know the rules here?)

If it is not a violation of the board's netiquette, it might be nice of someone to post a link back to the site for folks who are curious about Steampunk stuff in the video comments.
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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2008, 02:43:48 am »

That is utterly amazing. *joins in standing ovation*
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