Mini Organs are Japanese collectables that come in a wide variety. Check on eBay and you will find often they sell for $200+. I really like this detuned turntable guy the Panasonic SG-123. Honestly I almost can’t believe so much of this weird stuff ever existed.
“Simply great! Listen to your own favourites and play to them. A masterpiece of a time where mothers were happy and children were creative!” – miniorgan.com
I would love to have one of my own releases in the wheel of this bicycle and ride around NYC!
“What if you would be able to generate music by the simple act of riding your bike?… And yes it was pretty difficult, but loads of fun…. the idea is pretty simple; basicly, a wheel and dynamo work the same way as a record player. But it was not as easy as it looks. First, we had to come up with a solution for the wheels; how can we change the records?” – pieterstreepjefrank
Here’s one turntable even more classic than the Technics SL-1200. Dieter Rams was the lead designer for the German company Braun. Some say Apple’s Johnathan Ives is heavily inspired by Rams. Check out this Gizmodo article: 1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple’s Future link. According to Wikipedia the SK5 was nicknamed Snow White’s Coffin. That’s enough right there to make me want one in my living room. The photos you see here are from an SK5 on ebay right now with a Buy It Now price of $900.
“Rams once explained his design approach in the phrase “Weniger, aber besser” which freely translates as “Less, but better”. Many of his designs — coffee makers, calculators, radios, audio/visual equipment, consumer appliances and office products — have found a permanent home at many museums over the world, including MoMA in New York. For nearly 30 years Dieter Rams served as head of design for Braun A.G. until his retirement in 1998.” – Wikipedia
There are plenty of beautiful boutique turntables out there but what’s interesting about the $1298 Barkly Turntable is that it’s sold at chain store Anthropologie.
“A pitch-perfect piece of nature, this smooth slice of ashwood is outfitted with a Premotech motor and a Rega tonearm, a weighty glass platter and adjustable spike legs. Wood, glass. Handmade in USA” – anthropologie.com
I know this won’t be “the” touch screen turntable killer but it does show one will arrive someday. It’s crazy Microsoft doesn’t get the price of Surface to something reasonable and push it to consumers.
“Eric Havir chats with Joe Engalan about their DJ 2.0 alpha application, a fun DJ tool for the novice on Microsoft Surface.” – mssurface