Converting an old Stereo Console

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Project by Robster40 posted 08-18-2010 05:37 PM 9524 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having always been an avid fan of old jukeboxes but never having the money or the resources to buy one and restore it, I decided to build my own instead. Basically, I picked up an old stereo console in a yard sale for 2 bucks, gutted the old electronics (they were shot anyway), refinished the cabinet in nice bright colours and installed an old computer system inside.

Now, when you lift the lid, you are greeted with a flat screen monitor running jukebox simulation software and it works and looks exactly like the real thing. To be even more authentic, I have an actual collection of old vinyl 45’s. I digitally transferred my favourites, making sure to capture the pops and crackles you would normally get with vinyl, and added the converted MP3’s to the play list. I even beefed up the sound system inside.

Although it doesn’t take quarters (yet, but is an option), it acts and sounds as close to the real thing as I could get. I fully intend on attempting another one when I can find another console stereo. I also intend to be more elaborate about the conversion, making it even more authentic than this one. This one is sort of a flagship or a test project. I called it the ‘Yellow Submarine’ and the kids love it.

-- Rob, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 08:27 PM

Cool idea!
Nice project!
I might have to do this one day!
Thanks for sharing and great save on the old sound system.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 11:29 PM

origional idea, creative and recycled stuff!!!

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 11:49 PM

Great job.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 03:16 AM

Cool Restoration. Looks like it could bea lot of fun to use.
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#5 posted 08-19-2010 03:50 AM

I like it. Re-tasking vintage items is a hot thing right now. Good job!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 04:22 AM

I love it. Being of an advanced age this project really speaks to me!

-- Requirements for woodworkers: Sharp mind, sharp wit, sharp tools.

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