Upcycle a Cassette Player (how to Break Up With Old Technology)




Introduction: Upcycle a Cassette Player (how to Break Up With Old Technology)

About: I'm a creative nobody who needs a job at a sweatshop.

There comes a time when our relationship with technology must end.
Look, I know you're a player. Everyone knows. I can't really be seen with you anymore unless you change.
I get those looks from people. Why-is-she-with-that-player grimace and Get-with-the-new-tech high brows.
I'm going to change you, for you. You might actually have a second chance. 

It's really not them, it's us, but we've been betrayed by 8 tracks and we're sensitive to a relationship with new technology right now.
Fret not. 
This project will show you how to turn that Cassette player into a brand new ... plastic, holding box... 
(Aye! but it's based on a real treasure chest!)

Step 1: You Have No Heart.

The first step is to get rid of everything on the inside. This particular player had 3 visible screws holding the circuit board down. There was one in the back that I didn't know was also holding it down. 
I removed all the buttons and knobs as well.

Step 2: Clean, Then Change.

Once you've rid of the insides, measure the base and walls.
One can glue fabric onto the walls and be completely done here.
I used some cardboard, covered in orange fabric and glued to the walls and edges.

*None of the above

Step 3: I've Moved On.

I left the player as it was. You are done. :) 
Now put your mp3 player next to your product, throw your head back and laugh.
Soon, it will have the same fate...

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome but the main problem is "what to make with the (polluting) things you've removed".

    Nevertheless, I keep this idea in mind to make a bow with my old cassette player. Thank you.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    once apart, most everything inside the player can be recycled...
    basically the only "polluting" bits hiding are on the main circuit board.
    I'd suggest dropping those off with your local e-waste recycler for proper disposal/recovery


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Will do next time. I gave them to my dad. He recycled them into his projects. :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    If you seal up the holes left from removing the buttons... It makes a great waterproof box for your phone or media player! bonus points if the player has bluetooth control.
    Like the "old school Ipod Boombox" Sometimes, you just like the design and function, even if you have to replace the underlying technology.