Call it a stroke of genius or just plain, simple creativity. Before Christopher Locke became an art teacher recently, he came up with an idea for a unique iDevice speaker dock using old, forgotten horned musical instruments. He calls the series the Analog Tele-Phonographer.
"I thought up the first one while I was working at a flower shop, washing scummy buckets and vases outside in Texas," Locke told Crave. "I wanted to listen to music as I was outside by myself all day."
While a vase (or any glass container) amplifies sound well, Locke wanted something with a bit more pizzazz.
"The shape of a horn has been... perfected over thousands of years. Instead of making my own horn, I modified a beat-up trumpet and it worked so well."
The sound that emanates from the iPhone or iPad travels through the tunnels of natural amplification within the instrument. No external power source needed.
Locke made the "Triple Trouble," pictured here, for the iPad 2 with three similarly shaped trumpets. "The base is made from some old concrete grinding equipment, a valve from an antique engine, and lots of stainless rod," Locke says on his Web site.
Click through the gallery to see more of these special listening devices.
June 8, 2012 7:55 AM PDT
Photo by: Christopher Locke
| Caption by: Christopher MacManus
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