Putting vinyl related products on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter.com seems to be all the craze these days. However, who can blame these designers? Most new product creators, especially in the record player industry appear to be hitting the jackpot with the Kickstarter crowd. Not only that, but they get to put pen to papers and make their product dreams become a reality.
Take this vinyl Bluetooth speaker from Uncommon Goods. It needed $10000 for its project to be in full swing. 13 Days of the crowdfunding project is left to go and already over $10000 been pledged towards the project. I have no doubt that even more money will be guaranteed later on.
You can see the design from Kickstarter here. Take a look at the speaker below:
This Bluetooth speaker is created by a group called Uncommon Goods. The design makes me think of an old-fashioned gramophone and looks almost similar to products from Gramavox. I love the stylish appeal it represents, and to me, it’s a good to mix with the old and new. After all, it looks like something from the 1960’s, but it’s a wireless speaker that pairs with your device via Bluetooth. They didn’t have Bluetooth in the 1960’s. The dark wood and black record make a classical contrast between colors.
It goes to show you that people love novelty items, things that look different and that no one else owns. It’s probably the same with the Spinbox, a cardboard built-it-yourself record player. The idea seems strange, novel and maybe even unpractical, but that’s precisely the reason it will sell.
What’s neat about this design is the fact that when you pledge different amounts to the vinyl Bluetooth speaker you get different packages where you can either submit a request an album for the speaker.
The speaker is created by Jeff who has been making products from old vinyl records for over 10 years. Jeff upcycles a lot of goods. I believe it’s a very cool notion, the fact that he reuses old products and creates something unique from it. It’s very much like the previous artist, Frederick, we talked about that creates portraits.
If only more product creators can use recyclable materials in their product creations, the world would be much better. We can all take a page from Jeff’s book in music, life, and business. If you have any interesting ideas on how to use old records and turn them into something novel, please reach out to us, and we can feature you on Premier Records.
For more vinyl information see our famous vinyl record storage blog post.