Made for fun during the lockdown

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Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 10:25 am

Was still working but due to not being able to travel anywhere thought I'd rummage through the garage and see what I could knock together.

Found an old plinth or two, an Lenco L75 stalled project, an old pre-amp kit and a Raspberry PI and old cupboard doors - what could I do with all of this?
I know, in the '70s music centres were a big thing so let's make one......

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 10:28 am

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PI with a 7 inch touch screen and pre-amp controlling module mounted (after plenty of routing):

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PI works :)

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Amp works (now where did I put the damn remote....)

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 10:34 am

Rummaged around to find paint in the garage and found some old tins and spray cans so mixed and matched:

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The old lo-fi kit I have in the garage has an aux input so soldered some RCA sockets to the pre-amp and connected it to this and using the PI we have sounds:

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And finally does it play vinyl - yep, it does (mounted a battery powered phono pre-amp in the chassis)

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What next - probably dismantle as nowhere in the house to put it and on to the next project

Oh and the cat supervised the whole thing:

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by Cressy Snr » Sat May 23, 2020 10:44 am

Crazy...👍
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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 12:14 pm

Cressy Snr wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:44 am
Crazy...👍
Aye - you have to be with this hobby...

(just realised I had already started a thread for this a few months back - never mind.....)

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by Ray P » Sat May 23, 2020 12:32 pm

Excellent. It'll be a shame to dismantle it though!
gninnam wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:34 am
Oh and the cat supervised the whole thing:
That's what cats do!

I've been working from home and using Skype/teams etc. to collaborate with colleagues; generally our cat sleeps next to me but everytime I'm in a conversation she comes and sits on the laptop to check out what's going on. :roll:

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by Ant » Sat May 23, 2020 1:48 pm

That's very cool, it'd be a real shame to pull it apart
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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 2:34 pm

Ant wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 1:48 pm
That's very cool, it'd be a real shame to pull it apart
Cheers Ant - was just for a bit of fun. Not good enough to sell either so will need to be 'stored'

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 2:35 pm

Ray P wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 12:32 pm
Excellent. It'll be a shame to dismantle it though!
gninnam wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:34 am
Oh and the cat supervised the whole thing:
That's what cats do!

I've been working from home and using Skype/teams etc. to collaborate with colleagues; generally our cat sleeps next to me but everytime I'm in a conversation she comes and sits on the laptop to check out what's going on. :roll:
I was initially working from home for the first 6 weeks and the cat would hang around also. Like you, when on a call he would pop in the room and start meowing......
Been back in the office for the last few weeks - so much prefer working from there!

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Post by Ant » Sat May 23, 2020 2:57 pm

Well I showed the wife it and she loved it
She enquired if I could graft a Squeezebox into the 1950s (1958 year of purchase on the original label which is still there!) ecko autochanger we have in our room :D
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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sat May 23, 2020 8:05 pm

Ant wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:57 pm
Well I showed the wife it and she loved it
She enquired if I could graft a Squeezebox into the 1950s (1958 year of purchase on the original label which is still there!) ecko autochanger we have in our room :D
Go for it (if it will fit that is) :D

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by Ray P » Sat May 23, 2020 9:19 pm

Ant wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:57 pm
She enquired if I could graft a Squeezebox into the 1950s (1958 year of purchase on the original label which is still there!) ecko autochanger we have in our room :D


Your Ecko is almost as old as me! I hope nobody suggests I need 'embellshing' wiith some new stuff - keep it original Ant, with your skills you could make a 'reproduction' type piece...

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by Mike H » Sun May 24, 2020 6:09 pm

@ gninnam I am impressed.

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Spookily you have chosen the same colours as my Dansette Autochanger
 
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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by gninnam » Sun May 24, 2020 6:32 pm

Mike H wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 6:09 pm
@ gninnam I am impressed.

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Spookily you have chosen the same colours as my Dansette Autochanger
Cheers Mike - love to see a pic of the Dansette (had one as a child - well shared with my brother and sister), fond memories!

So - dismantled the music centre and put away.
Found another unfinished Lenco project (must be about 5 years old if not more....) :grin:

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Was designed to take larger arms (which I was working on but again never finished) such as 14 and 16 inch!!

Who know's, may have another go at finishing it off - but van work first :rolleyes:

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Re: Made for fun during the lockdown

Post by Ray P » Sun May 24, 2020 7:00 pm

Shame about dismantling the music centre but I guess there's only so much space for keeping stuff! I did like the RPi and screen though and it's got me thinking about something like it - was it a touch screen or just a display?
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