*not that kind!
Great article in Popular Science with instructions on how to build that ‘wind-powered’ turntable that you’ve been meaning to get round to…..
Digital music relies on unseen technology to translate bits and bytes into tunes. An analog machine like a record player is much easier to understand. To make it even simpler, Popular Science built a motor-free device powered by the wind. This project is cheaper than a real record player, but the sound quality depends on the breeze’s speed, which can easily turn your songs into Alvin and the Chipmunks covers. For a steady source of air, try a fan or even an air-conditioning vent.
- Time: 2 hours
- Cost: $35
- Difficulty: Medium
- Box cutter
- Wire stripper
- 11-by-11-inch plywood board
- 1⁄4-by-21⁄2-inch machine screw
- AJC washer
- 1⁄4-inch hex nut
- Two Slurpee straws
- Adhesive putty
- 1-inch-thick foam insulation sheet
- 7-inch record
- 45 rpm adapter (ours came attached to the record)
- 9 square inches of cellophane
- Box of T-pins
- Six 8-ounce Styrofoam cups
- Old headphone cable
- Phonograph needle and cartridge
- Conductive wire glue
- Loud battery-powered speaker
If anyone decides to make one – please tell us how you get on, and I’m sure we can ‘find’ a prize for you.
So you’ve just built your wind powered turntable you’re going to be looking for something to play on it yes? Well if you’re looking for Earth Wind & Fire, Hawkwind and, err, Barbara Windsor look no further than eil.com – we’ve got a huge range of vintage vinyl, reissues, imports, new releases and more (not just by groups with ‘wind’ in their name either!).