We like old stuff.
It is not only because of the impressive quality, it is also because of the feelings, the memories connected with them and the thoughts coming with it. Ok yes, we are a bit nostalgic, but who cares? ;)
In our times, we also produce much too much waste, so we try to break down the most of the things before we throw them away. Planned obsolescence is definitely one of the negative side effects of the age of consumption. Often, you can use a lot of these parts again, for projects you don`t know yet.
We found this ancient speaker (maybe around the time of WW2!!) behind old stored firewood. It was really dirty and as we opened it, the cables looked shockingly bad. We didn`t even know what some parts are used for but the speaker itself was in a pretty good shape. So we decided to give it a new purpose and added Bluetooth. Now, we are able to control it with our smartphone. Don`t be afraid. It is very easy and you can do it very quickly on your own with any kind of speaker.
Step 1: Materials
Old or newer Speaker
Bluetooth amplifier http://goo.gl/HlCGY1 buy it now. it might take a bit from china but it works great with all kind of speakers!
Power supply http://goo.gl/RjAA8V
Step 2: Cleaning
Clean your old speaker as good as you can.
You want that it looks good, so give your best.
Step 3: Use Black Tea to Enhance the Wood Color
If the speaker is a wooden one and looks really bleached out then follow this instructions.
Brew some very strong black tea and rub with the mix over the furniture. Wait until it is dry. Now the colour should pop out again.
Step 4: Add Bluetooth
I know that it is possible to build an own circuit, but in our opinion it is not always necessary to reinvent the wheel. So, we bought this cheap Bluetooth amplifier from China and connected it to our cables. That isn`t really a challenge.
Connect it with your power supply and look
whether it works.
Enjoy and think about what your ancients might have heard on this speaker.
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