I talked about the restoration of my horn in an earlier blog post, but here’s the finished product. This took me long enough, but I was waiting for a good time to actually take video of my horn in action. And the longer I waited, the more I kept noticing that each time I pick up my camera, it’s too dark out, or too bright, or too busy, or the baby was crying, or my iPod wasn’t charged enough to play on the horn or, or, or..
So today, as the tropic storm from Hurricane Karen rolled in, I finally grabbed a short little video of the antique phonograph horn player my husband made for me before Tessa was born. (You can hear the rain in the background, which is perfectly fitting, since rain moves me to cuddle up by the horn in my wingback chairs on the balcony, listening to Al Bowlly and guzzling ungodly amounts of coffee.)
The construction of this bad boy is really quite simple. We got the night stand off of Craigslist back when we went on our “furnish our apartment” spree in early August. The guy was getting rid of furniture and throwing his random household goods around for $20 a pop. So we snagged the end table without any real thought as to how we’d use it. It wasn’t until I placed my horn on the table on accident that the light bulb went off.
Jonathan set to work on this thing right away, and from start to finish, it took him roughly 10 minutes to make it. I’m not even joking. He basically drilled a hole through the top of the table, and stuck the horn in snugly. On the underside of the horn, using random plastic plumbing tubing, he connected a portable iPhone speaker. The speaker has cords to connect to iPhone / CD / USB, so it’s versatile in what it can play. And voila! A beautiful, functioning antique phonograph iPod player and a lovely piece of furniture to boot! You just pull out the drawer, plug in your iPod or CD player or whatever, and press play! AND! The table makes a lovely place to put your coffee as you’re humming along to some turn of the century phat beats, yo.
Speaking of phat beats, I’d like to share my:
Top 5 Songs To Listen To On A Phonograph Horn
Let me know what you think of my top 5 picks, and drop a line letting me know what YOU would recommend! I’m all for swapping mix-tapes. ^_^