2614Views40Replies

Author Options:

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...


The source blog can be found here

Discussions

0
None
Dr.Paj

8 years ago

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.

0
None
GoodhartDr.Paj

Reply 8 years ago

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

0
None
TheGeekFatherGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

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.

0
None
GoodhartTheGeekFather

Reply 7 years ago

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. :-)

0
None
TheGeekFatherGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

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.

0
None
pie R []ed

8 years ago

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

0
None
Fox-san48

8 years ago

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

0
None
GoodhartFox-san48

Reply 8 years ago

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

0
None
BjVas

8 years ago

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

0
None
iammatman

8 years ago

 Thats pretty epic ! nice one man

0
None
Jayefuu

8 years ago

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

0
None
KryptoniteJayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

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

0
None
GoodhartKryptonite

Reply 8 years ago

tapping foot waiting for "better"    LOL 

0
None
GoodhartKryptonite

Reply 8 years ago

When you said you'd do better, I assumed you had one in your back pocket there.
 
0
None
KryptoniteGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

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

0
None
GoodhartJayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

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

0
None
RavingMadStudios

8 years ago

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....

0
None
GoodhartRavingMadStudios

Reply 8 years ago

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.

0
None
RavingMadStudiosGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

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....

0
None
trike road poet

8 years ago

WOW!

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

0
None
meandmytreasuresGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

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.

0
None
Goodhartmeandmytreasures

Reply 8 years ago

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 
 
0
None
trike road poet

8 years ago

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?

0
None
Goodharttrike road poet

Reply 8 years ago

Beer?   grumbles under breath

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

0
None
trike road poetGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

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.

0
None
Goodharttrike road poet

Reply 8 years ago

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

0
None
Kiteman

8 years ago

That is just... amazing.

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


Hey, has anybody told gmjhowe about this?

0
None
CameronSS

8 years ago

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.