About this project
After our Kickstarter campaign ends, you can still pre-order the Gramovox at http://gramovox.com.
Our bold design and vintage sound are inspired by the 1920s Magnavox R3 horn speaker. Its form and function are a marriage of vintage and modern aesthetics – producing a timeless piece that allows you to stream nostalgia.
At the turn of the century, gramophones were promoted as the home entertainment center. Family and friends bonded over songs, speeches and radio dramas. The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone maintains this spirit of communal bonding and recaptures that warmth with a vintage meets modern aesthetic.
Our S-curve horn is a 3:4 scale reproduction of the 1920s R3 Magnavox horn. It is acoustically-optimized to brilliantly amplify music generated from the wood base. Our final horns will be manufactured out of steel and brass. For our prototype we used stereolithography (SLA) to 3D print the horn. After printing it, we painted/textured the horn black and silk-screened our logo. We chose a clean, classic typeface for a beautiful aesthetic complement.
Our horn is complemented by a sleek, minimalist wood base. Its straight lines juxtaposed with the curves of the horn produce a compelling aesthetic. For our wood base prototype we selected solid, 12/4 walnut from a local lumber yard. After milling it down, we CNC'd the inner cavity for our horn hole, speaker and electronics. Lastly, we sanded and finished it with a satin lacquer clear-coat.
We sourced and developed audio electronics that are acoustically-optimized for the Gramovox. We sourced an audio driver, developed a custom printed circuit board (PCB) with a bluetooth 3.0 module and 3D-printed a base plate.
After an exhaustive vetting process, we've selected the best metalsmiths, woodcraftsmen and electronics manufacturers for our product. Below we detail how we'll mass-manufacture the product.
Master metal fabricators will skillfully fabricate the horns using some of the manufacturing methods from the 1920s. The cone component is spun on a lathe and the neck is hydroformed out of sheets of steel. Afterward, these parts are hand-welded together, polished and powder-coated black.
Master wood craftsmen from Ohio will hand-select the most aesthetically-pleasing wood boards from the lumber yards. Afterward, the inner cavity is CNC'd for our horn hole, speaker and electronics. Lastly, it's sanded and finished with a satin lacquer clear-coat.
Our final PCBs, speakers and base plates will be manufactured in Michigan by high-quality machinery and skilled engineers.
As sound waves propagate through the horn, you experience an organically mid-range, vintage sound.
Indie band Fort Frances was generous enough to let us use their song "Please, Don't Wait Up" from their harbour album for our audio demo. You can hear more of their music here: http://fortfrancesmusic.com/
All the controls are located on the back of the Gramovox.
Backers can experience a Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone in either a walnut (dark) or maple (light) wood base.
You'll receive accessories custom-tailored for your country.
- USB adapter(s)
- 6' microUSB cable
- 4' gold-plated 3.5mm audio cable
Compliment your listening experience with a glass of whisky from our Gramovox Tumbler. Our logo is laser etched onto fully-tempered, 10oz. glasses. Since we hit our $200,000 goal, all backers who've pledged for a Gramovox will receive (1) free whisky glass.
USA: Shipping is free. Packages are insured and will ship from our fulfillment facility in Illinois. Illinois residents need to add $24 for local sales tax.
CANADA: Shipping & VAT has been included in your pledge amount. Packages are insured and will ship from our fulfillment facility in Illinois.
EUROPEAN UNION: This is an EU-friendly Kickstarter campaign. Packages are insured and will ship from our fulfillment facility in the UK. Shipping & VAT has been included in your pledge amount.
AUSTRALIA: Shipping has been included in your pledge amount. Packages are insured and will ship from our fulfillment facility in Illinois.
SINGAPORE: Shipping has been included in your pledge amount. You are responsible for any customs fees. Packages are insured and will ship from our fulfillment facility in Illinois.
Pavan Bapu is a Creative Technologist/Entrepreneur who cut his teeth in advertising by concepting and producing non-traditional campaigns and products for clients. Over the years he’s developed an uncanny ability to dream-up off-the-wall ideas and see them through from concept to execution.
Jeff Parrish is a design engineer and craftsman. He’s the type of guy who thinks it’s more satisfying to design and build furniture than shop for one. He has broad technical knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering, industrial design and vintage audio equipment.
We need your support to bring the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone to life. We've self-funded our project till now and need the Kickstarter community to turn our dream into reality. Specifically, our funds will go towards the following:
- Steel Horn Tooling Costs
- PCB Plate Injection Molds
- FCC/IC/CE Certification
December - Kickstarter Campaign
January - Tooling production & FCC/CE/IC Certification
February to April - Manufacturing
May - Kickstarter Rewards ship to USA & Canada
June - Kickstarter Rewards ship to UK & EU
Risks and challenges
We’ve developed a robust manufacturing infrastructure that consists of world-class craftsmen. Team Gramovox and our manufacturers have evaluated other Kickstarter case studies and are prepared for all possible outcomes. We’ve significantly reduced risks & challenges by visiting our manufacturers and running production simulations. Overall, we're fortunate to have selected reliable vendors who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure every Gramovox product is perfect and finished on-time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
At this time we're only offering to ship the product within USA, Canada, Australia and EU. However, post-Kickstarter, we plan on shipping worldwide. We appreciate your support and hope you can wait a little longer to get your Gramovox™.
Yes. You can power the Gramovox through a wall outlet using the provided USB power block. We realized early on that a majority of our customers will keep the Gramovox in a permanent location, so we designed the electronics with the user in mind.
After our Kickstarter campaign finishes, we'll send backers a survey asking for their wood preference.
Yes. We designed the Gramovox so it would last generations. Thus, we've made it incredibly easy to replace the battery when the time comes.