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The Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker puts a new spin on old LPs, letting reclaimed vinyl play music in an innovative way: as the speaker itself. You can’t drop the needle on these records, but they’ll play your entire digital music collection in analog-inspired style—a cool way to give your smartphone’s tiny speaker an audiophile upgrade. There’s also a nod to the nostalgic sweep of horn loudspeakers and gramophones, making it a true celebration of recorded music’s long history, from steel needle Victrolas to the frontiers of streaming audio.

 

 

UncommonGoods’ Product Development team helped Jeff Davis of Vinylux develop the retro-futuristic feel of the Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker. “They pushed us to celebrate the feeling of the record, and to create an item that has a sculptural presence as an object,” Jeff reflected. With their extensive playlist of design experience and material sourcing skills, the team also helped work out the Bluetooth® and driver components, settling on a top-of-the-line coaxial speaker that resonates best with Jeff’s design.

 

 

Minnesota-based band The Blue Fairy Godmothers let us use their song “The Miserable Tune” from their Pretty Much Everything Before album for our audio demo.  Hear more of their music here

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Speaker demonstration. See prototype gallery for internal electronics demonstration.

Jeff has designed the speaker’s bent plywood enclosure and has built several in his Philadelphia workshop. Through progressive prototyping, we have selected some great internal components to ensure the best acoustic response, including a top-of-the-line coaxial speaker driver by a major manufacturer. Kickstarter backers’ support will be vital to scaling this carefully developed design to full production.

 

Both Vinylux and UncommonGoods love original designs that celebrate the unity of form and function, but they also prioritize American-made products. A woodworking shop in Vinylux’s Philly backyard—one they’ve partnered with many times before—will craft the speaker’s wood base. “I like to keep as much production as possible in the Philadelphia region,” Jeff observes, “so I can visit the factories and work personally with the people who help make our products.” The speakers will be assembled and tested by Vinylux’s team of talented young artists.

Jeff explored different wood base options
Jeff explored different wood base options

Jeff gets his supply of vinyl from record shops, collectors, and even attic stashes. Every year, he upcycles 150,000 records or almost 40,000 pounds of material. Because he’s committed to sustainable manufacturing, the majority of the production process takes place in his Philadelphia studio. No part of the record is wasted: Album covers are converted into sketchbooks and notecards, and paper recyclers collect leftover material. Even the vinyl scraps are sent to record-pressing plants where they’re re-ground and turned back into brand new records.

Dimensions:

Horn: 12" diameter, 3.875" deep // Base: 6.875L x 10.5W // Speaker overall height 15.25 x depth 8.5 x 12" Wide (at horn)

 

 

 

     

 

Pledge $195 to get one Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker made from an album representing the genre of your choice.  Pick from the list of genres and Vinylux will select an album from that category to create the speaker.  

Genre Options:

  • 60s Rock
  • 70s Rock
  • The 80s
  • R & B
  • Diva
  • Show Tunes
  • Crooner
  • Disco
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Opera
  • Folk
  • Classic Country

Select the "Request a Genre" tier to pledge and request your choice of genre in the survey tool that is sent to backers at the end of the campaign.

Ordering a speaker as a gift? Give this card while your recipient waits for delivery.  

 

 

 

Pledge $205 to get one Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker made with your own personalized record label.  Pick from one of the four different options below and add your own custom text.

   

Customizable Record Label Design Options:

 

Option 1
Option 1

 

Option 2
Option 2

 

Option 3
Option 3

 

Option 4
Option 4

 

Select the "Create a Custom Label" tier to pledge and choose your custom option and text in the survey tool that is sent to backers at the end of the campaign.

Ordering a speaker as a gift? Give this card while your recipient waits for delivery. 

 

 

Pledge $205 to get one Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker featuring a record label with your special image.  Submit your own photo or artwork to create a personalized record label.  

Custom Label Image & Dimension Requirements - 

Image Requirements: 

  • 300dpi JPG
  • 4.25" x 4.25" or 1300px x 1300px

Label Dimensions:

  • live area - 4"
  • live area with bleed - 4.25"

Select the "Create Your Own Album Artwork" tier to pledge and you will receive more information on submitting your custom image.  Proof approvals will be sent before the custom label is added to the speaker.

Ordering a speaker as a gift? Give this card while your recipient waits for delivery. 

 

 

Pledge $205 to get one Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker created from an album of your choice. Send in one of your favorite albums from your collection and Vinylux will use it to create your speaker.  

This custom speaker will utilize the record label portion of your LP.  Mail the record using the pre-paid cardboard mailer and you will be provided with a ship date for the final speaker after Vinylux receives your mailer.  

Select the "Submit a Favorite Album" tier to pledge and you will receive instructions for sending in your record to Vinylux after the campaign ends.   

Ordering a speaker as a gift? Give this card while your recipient waits for delivery. 

 

 

Pledge $250 to get one Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker created from an album of your choice.  Request a favorite album or artist - we'll source it and Vinylux will use it to create a speaker.  

Please see Risks & Challenges section below for album guidelines. 

Select the "Request an Album" tier to pledge and you will receive instructions on requesting an album. 

Ordering a speaker as a gift? Give this card while your recipient waits for delivery. 

 

 

 

 

 

                

After our Kickstarter campaign ends, you can still pre-order the Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker with selected genre and custom label options at UncommonGoods.com.

 

“I strive to make soulful products that carry meaning for people,” says Jeff Davis. The Philadelphia artist and Vinylux founder has been making things—coastersclocksbowls—out of reclaimed vinyl LPs for fifteen years, and he often gets this question from customers: “can you still play the records?” The short answer is no, but you wouldn’t want to anyway: these albums are already past their playing prime. Jeff began working with vinyl records as part of a grad school thesis project at the Rhode Island School of Design. His designs preserve the nostalgic quality of the old vinyl, including the original labels, while creating new objects that balance usefulness and elegance. Jeff and his team at Vinylux have collected and transformed countless old records into everything from clocks to cuff bracelets. “I think when you buy an object, whether functional or decorative, it should be something that brings you joy and that you look forward to using,” Jeff says.

UncommonGoods and Kickstarter are both Brooklyn-based B Corporations, but share something even more fundamental: They’re both committed to helping independent makers reach a broader audience. UncommonGoods has partnered with Jeff since he first started making record bowls—a popular part of the UncommonGoods collection ever since. “I first saw Jeff’s record bowl in 2002,” recalls UncommonGoods Founder Dave Bolotsky. “It was featured in a New York Magazine article. I had been a DJ, ran a record store, and loved music, so I thought it was a great item and a perfect fit for our collection.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Due to the reclaimed nature of the vinyl records used, we are providing the following warning, as required by law:
WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Exchange/ Return Policy:
We want you to love your Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth® Speaker. However, if you're not completely satisfied we’ll be happy to offer you an exchange or a full refund of your pledge amount. Just message us through the campaign and we'll send you instructions on how to return or exchange your speaker.

Please note: Artists and albums are limited for the “Request a Genre” tier. If you're unhappy with the album you've received, please provide a reason why and we will try to find an album that you prefer within the selected genre.

Request a favorite album guidelines:
We will do our best to source your requested album or artist. If we are unable to source it, we will contact you directly and provide other album options from the same artist. Rare, out of print, and highly collected albums are not included.

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