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Retro Stereo Refurb Packs MP3 Server into a Vintage Cabinet

This handsome DIY project takes an old stereo cabinet, guts and refinishes it, and packs it full of new speakers, electronics, and a monitor with keyboard and touchpad interface.

Purists will cringe at the idea of taking an old stereo system (this one was non-functional) and gutting it, but the results are pretty awesome. Julian found the old record player cabinet on the curb waiting for the trash.

He gutted it, his wife refinished the wood and cloth grill, and then he retro-fitted it with it with a computer, monitor, and keyboard/touchpad. The build includes both local storage (so he can take it anywhere and access his music) and Wi-Fi access for streaming.

If you’re looking to build a dedicated music box and have it blend with your decor, his guide is a good place to start. Hit up the link below for additional build information and photos.

Modern Portable Music Console [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/8/11

Comments (3)

  1. Harkaboy

    Sexy !

  2. hedon73

    i have seen similar built into an original Wurlitzer box

    it´s so awesome.. lucky who has the DIY skills

  3. ReVeLaTeD

    So….his wife polished his wood? I see.

    No, but seriously, I just don’t have the energy or the time to do something like this, but I might actually buy it if it were for sale.

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