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The Ultimate steampunked computer desk Answered


Meet the Victorian Organ Command Desk. Bruce Rosenbaum of Massachusetts home restoration firm ModVic.....replacing (the innerds)  with three monitors, a 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 945 processor...


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Dr.Paj (author)2010-04-21

I can't say I am a big fan of the final product. The only thing I truly like are the speakers, but they would look better if the speakers were hidden in the post the horn sits on, and have the sound travel through the horn instead of placing them inside the bell of the horn.

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Goodhart (author)Dr.Paj2010-04-21

we can't please all of the people,  all of the time.....
:-) 

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TheGeekFather (author)Goodhart2011-04-29

I love the speakers. Shouts Steampunk to me. I might have covered them with a brass mesh or something that simulates such but besides that I love it.

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Goodhart (author)TheGeekFather2011-04-29

do you mean, inside the horns where the speakers are? Yes maybe, but if you mean on the outside of the horn in the front, I don't know if I'd like that look or not. :-)

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TheGeekFather (author)Goodhart2011-05-07

Yes I meant Inside. Right near where the speakers are themselves. I agree that on the outside edge it wouldn't look good but deep inside the horn might be a good idea. Don't get me wrong it looks steamtastic the way it is. I'm wondering if a brass mesh (properly aged) would look good or not. Of course would have to try it and see.

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pie R []ed (author)2010-04-22

WOW! That is fantastic! Clever use of, what i assume was, an old piano.

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Fox-san48 (author)2010-04-21

i gotta say i quite like it, to you others, if its not positive or a hint to make it better dont comment

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Goodhart (author)Fox-san482010-04-22

Oh well,  not everyone likes the same things :-) 

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BjVas (author)2010-04-22

 you must have alot of time on your hands. the only thing i like about it is the speakers :)

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iammatman (author)2010-04-22

 Thats pretty epic ! nice one man

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Goodhart (author)iammatman2010-04-22

Thanks,  found it out on ZDnet

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Jayefuu (author)2010-04-15

Wow. That is hideous.... o.0

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Kryptonite (author)Jayefuu2010-04-18

It's impressive, but could have been done better.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2010-04-19

tapping foot waiting for "better"    LOL 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2010-04-20

Got a couple grand spare? :D

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2010-04-20
When you said you'd do better, I assumed you had one in your back pocket there.
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2010-04-20

Could have been done better, and has been done better are a little different. Sadly.

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Goodhart (author)Jayefuu2010-04-15

LOL,   I guess.....in the eye of the beholder and all....

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-04-18

OK, this is cool. I'm not a steampunker myself, but I do respect the aesthetic, especially when somebody actually makes something functional instead of just gluing a bunch of cogs together.
If only there was an actual organ keyboard rigged to produce both sounds and text....

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Yeah, that would be great....it would be a little difficult (BIG learning curve?) in order to learn the new positions of the letters etc.

Running with your idea,  how about the original organ keys, and sounds, with a speech translator for text ?  And maybe have the keyboard on a tray under the original keys, if needed.

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I don't imagine that it would be much more difficult than learning Dvorak or stenography, just a whole lot slower to use.

I like the speech rec idea. The one that comes free in Win7 is actually really good for the price, if you can believe that. Having a regular keyboard is cheating, but OK....

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trike road poet (author)2010-04-14

WOW!

Now that looks like a serious mad-scientist workspace if there ever was one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What an awesome workstation and what a beautiful piece of furniture at the same time. Both the geek and woman in me can be happy with that.

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Oh I have an armoire that could use some dressing up, if I am ever allowed to get close to it again and put my computer into it.....I haz ideas  LOL 
 

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kelseymh (author)2010-04-15

I think our latest Steampunk Mouse would be quite at home on this workstation.

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2010-04-16
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trike road poet (author)2010-04-14

One could easy imagine old Vincent Price as Dr. Phibbs, cranking out a wild organ solo with grand gestures as he plans his next bizarre crime from his web research!

Actually, this is a great workstation, and just shows what an inventive mind can do.  Now the really serious question is, where is the built-in beer tap and does it come with cable?

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Goodhart (author)trike road poet2010-04-15

Beer?   grumbles under breath

Most of us geeks infuse ourselves with Caffeine , not alcohol  *shicker*

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trike road poet (author)Goodhart2010-04-15

Caffeine is fine during the work sessions, but as the evening develops, I sit back and sip some of my homemade wine or mead, smoke a fine cigar or stoke a favorite pipe, and contemplate my next mad project, or read about something interesting on Instructables.  As an old Navy Machinist, Electronics Technician, and retired Mechanical Designer, I've built everything from V-8 powered Trike motorcycles to RC models, working cannons to a squirrel catapult.  I have found the most delightful time here on Instructables, and the most interesting collection of free thinkers and doers.

I'll sip my beverage of choice, you do the same, and we'll see what is going down here with like minded humor and wonder how we'd do it different.

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Goodhart (author)trike road poet2010-04-16

Hah!  Evening and into the morning hours are when I "develope" best, those are my fav  "stoked" times (caffeine).

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Kiteman (author)2010-04-15

That is just... amazing.

(Although, personally I would put the pipes back the right way up...)


Hey, has anybody told gmjhowe about this?

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-04-15
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CameronSS (author)2010-04-14

I think this was first posted on Steampunk Workshop...I've never understood why blogs only link to another blog where THAT author read it, and not the actual source...

Anyway, I noticed from von Slatt's post that "...the organ pipes...are indeed upside down, but that's OK because they were never functional." I think that would have been quite cool...get some functional organ pipes, and hook them up to a modern blower and MIDI driver.

Similarly, I'm surprised there isn't a functional clock movement mounted on that face.

And after all that, WANT.

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