I've had so much fun making this and it's such a good sound system, it takes you back to the 1900's (no I'm not really that old - that would be incredible though!). I have been interested in Steampunk for a number of years and have seen a great number of artifacts out there, some of which have appeared on 'Warehouse 13' and films etc. I have created a few myself but this is the only one I have documented. If you like this I have created other artefacts which I don't have instructables for but they might give you more ideas. Click here.

Making a Steampunk sound system has been on my mind for a year now and it wasn't until I saw Horatius.Steam's building a passive speaker for your phone instructable that I was inspired to do this, but unlike his I needed more than a passive speaker, I wanted 'POWER!'

Step 1: Gathering your materials

Picture of Gathering your materials
Most of the materials I get have been from recycling depots, kerbside chuck outs and donations from friends although I did have to buy a few things for this project!

Materials List (of what I used, you can substitute anything you like):

1 x Old Cutlery Canteen (Box)
1 x Brass Horn - these are repos imported from India (one of many sites: http://india.alibaba.com/country/products_india-gramophone.html)
1 x Mini Stereo Amp - this I built from an old kit I had lying around at home, it has an LM380 audio amp, but really you should use a mono amp for this! Obviously!
1 x Transformer to run the amplifier
1 x 1.5 metre square of blue felt
2 x Potentiometer Knobs
1 x 1 metre length of shielded audio cable
2 x 3.5mm stereo plugs
1 x 3.5mm stereo socket
1 x Power lead with plug for mains
1 x Power socket
1 x Power switch (3 way)
2 x Mains driven LED lights (one red and one green)
1 x 100mm square of acrylic (3mm thick)


Soldering Iron & solder
Wire Cutters
Dremel (mini drill)
Hole Drill Bits
Wood Glue
JB Weld (epoxy)
Varnish (I used Danish OIl)
000 Wire Wool
Propane Torch and Silver Solder (although you could use a good epoxy)
Sander and Sand Paper
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Lindie2 years ago
Nice! Love the look!
bricabracwizard (author)  Lindie2 years ago
Thanks for the comment!
Z.K.2 years ago
Great project. I really like that nice cabinet and the horn. The horn would stop me though. The last time I tried to order something from India, the shipping was unbelievable, more than what I wanted to buy. Anyway, your project is really interesting and I might try it sometime if I can buy one of those brass horns somewhere locally.
iceng3 years ago
iLike this very much.
You have my vote too.

Well, idon't like apple much, but this thing is amazing!
bricabracwizard (author)  RocketPenguin3 years ago
Thanks! I've created others for android phones and tablets. I think all electronics is fun and we need more competitors to keep the ball rolling, a major third who can come up with something completely different to apple and Microsoft.
And there is! It is called LINUX, lol.... Imagine Microsoft, and Apple, combined. You get Ubuntu!!!
bricabracwizard (author)  RocketPenguin3 years ago
I would have mentioned Linux but for me it's too similar to Microsoft. Not being an expert but I think Ubuntu has a way to go yet. I'm hoping someone will work out a more 'pictorial' system.....lol
Ah. I see.
bricabracwizard (author)  iceng3 years ago
Thanks every vote and comment counts!
exoguy3 years ago
Wow! How great! 'His'Masters Voice' has finally joined up with the ipod providing a memorable, nostalgic sound. Where can I buy one?. Exoguy
bricabracwizard (author)  exoguy3 years ago
Thanks, I have been asked by a few people for one, I'm looking into the viability of producing them but it would take more tools than I have to make them reasonably economical.
farouk43 years ago
Hey! love your project, def deserves a vote. Just had a few questions... What kind of audio amp would you use? could you provide us with a link? Also, is it possible for you to take a clearer pic of the wiring of the system? Thank you and Great job!
bricabracwizard (author)  farouk43 years ago
Thanks for your kind comments and the vote! A link was kindly provided by Thax below, here it is: http://s.dealextreme.com/search/amplifier.html?category=410
Thanks a lot this is really helpful!
Dylan06143 years ago
Thank you so much for doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ive been trying to work out this verry project for months in my head, FINALY ...UR AWESOME!
bricabracwizard (author)  Dylan06143 years ago
sunshiine3 years ago
Nice build! Thanks for sharing your hard work! Voting! Have a beautiful day!
bricabracwizard (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks! ...and you too!
nmoraga3 years ago
can i put 3.5 jack to this speaker? or can i make it an ipod dock? please help me. i already have the 3.5 jack cable and i cut it on its other end and then i soldered it to the positive/negative of the speaker. it works but it doesnt perform well. low VERY sound.
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bricabracwizard (author)  nmoraga3 years ago
For this speaker you will need an amplifier which you could build into the speaker case and is run by a battery, make sure it's rated for 6 ohms.
Here are some on the cheap...

bricabracwizard (author)  Thax3 years ago
Well done, and thanks. You must have read my mind because I was thinking I didn't really help not sending an idea how this can be accomplished cheaply, and the amps you've linked to are so small they'll easily fit into the speaker cabinet.
puzzler3003 years ago
thts really cool! ive been wanting make sometjing like this for a while now.
bricabracwizard (author)  puzzler3003 years ago
Please do! Post some pictures here or write an instructable, I'd like to see that
robso3 years ago
Amazing! Thinking it will be my next livingroom improvement project! Thanks a bunch for sharing!
bricabracwizard (author)  robso3 years ago
You're welcome!
bdolge3 years ago
Just a thought, did you consider mounting the Ipad flat on top of the box and setting up a screensaver/idle screen as a old spinning victrola platter?
bricabracwizard (author)  bdolge3 years ago
What a great idea, do you know of an app that does this?
CrystalJade3 years ago
This is the coolest thing I've seen so far! I love old school. May I ask what iPad app you're using here?
bricabracwizard (author)  CrystalJade3 years ago
Your comment is really appreciated. The app is: Diner Jukebox
atga123 years ago
So awesome!! Old school look combined with most modern technology available, so brilliant, I want one!!!
bricabracwizard (author)  atga123 years ago
Thank you I'm flattered!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Very nice instructable! That's a very creative idea and deserving of a vote.

Good luck in the contest!
bricabracwizard (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
ilpug3 years ago
II like this so much, I must momentarily lapse into gibberish ggofijendagfkjgnkjgafknglaerglajgnkdfgfg


Yeah, this is amazing.
bricabracwizard (author)  ilpug3 years ago
I'm glad I had that effect on you....it's made my day!
Yay for made day!
What a deft piece of genius! This would look superb in my library - I want one!!!!! Just the right mix of sentimentality, functionality and design. Bravo BricaBrac Wizard!
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