Steam-powered Record Player

Right before Abney Park released their latest album, The End of Days, I made a comment regarding the need for Abney Park and other Steampunk bands to put their music out on vinyl. My argument was that Steampunks as a whole were much more likely to own a functioning turn table than almost any group, and therefore, we need all this awesome music on records.

And then, this creation was brought to my attention:


This is a steam powered record player. For serious. It was created by Simon Jansen of Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s what he had to say about it, via Make Magazine’s Blog:

This is my steam powered record player built to play a Sex Pistols LP. Yes, it is true steampunk. The engine was made mainly from bits and pieces I had lying about in my junk box. The boiler was made from some copper water pipe and a bespoke platter and base was made using wood. I am using an Arduino to control everything buy using a coil to detect the passing of magnets in the edge of the platter. The Arduino works out the revs then feeds this information into a PID controller the output of which drives a servo controlling a throttle on the engine. The speed is regulated to 33 1/3 (well, more or less) and displayed on an analogue meter. The tone arm uses an old phono cartridge that connects to my phono pre-amp and into my stereo. The hardware is complete and works well but the software could use a little tweaking. It does however run!

All I can say is that this thing is freaking awesome.