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Like a lot of makers out there I spent a lot of time in Radio Shacks, or at least as much as I could, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see that the Sebastopol, CA Radio Shack has a MAKE display and our goods/kits/books/volumes on sale *with* projects on display. It would be wonderful if every store carried MAKE, one can dream! – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. p914 says:

    Radio Shack was like a candy store for me when I was about 6 or 7 years old. My first real experience with electronics was a 160-in-1 kit and it is one of the reasons I pursued electrical engineering in college. I think I built every single project and went on to design my own circuits. Actually, I think Make should have a feature on these kits as I think they had a big impact on many young makers’ lives in the 80s and are available readily on ebay (I bought a new 160-in-1 for about $12.) “Kids these days” don’t have as easy access to these kits (Radio Shack no longer carries them afaik) but they are still sold at some hobby stores.

  2. Dax420 says:

    Anyone have any info on that guitar looking object in the photo? It looks to be made from PVC pipe…

  3. shawnconna says:

    It is a PVC-pipe guitar. We’ve got a DIY written by Tom Zimmerman on how to make it in Volume 09 of MAKE, pp. 115-119. Send us pictures or post them on the MAKE Flickr pool once you’ve built yours!

  4. Windell_Oskay says:

    There’s a Make display at Weirdstuff Warehouse now, too.

  5. Stevil_Knevil says:

    How cool! Growing-up in the 70′s, I spent a lot of time at the local RadioShack. There were all kinds of kits and fun stuff to experiment back then.

    When I began managing the Sebastopol RadioShack in January, one of the first things I did was to get in contact with the nice folks at MAKE: to find out how we could expand their presence in my store. We started out carrying just the magazine, but it wasn’t enough.. I wanted to fill an entire display case with MAKE: paraphernalia. Our customers’ response to it has been very positive. We’ve sold more than a dozen of the latest Fringe issue -and more soldering irons than ever.

    A couple weeks ago, Tom Waites came into the store. He played the PVC guitar (liked it) and bought a copy of The Magazine.

    =^) Ya, It’s my favorite part of the store.

  6. ryborg says:

    too bad radio shack sucks these days. It used to be a great place to go in the early 80s

  7. Stevil_Knevil says:

    ryborg, I GUARANTEE that if you cam into my store -your faith would be restored.. that’s one in a row!

    DIY or DIE.

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