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This supremely cool analog synth with a gorgeous etched-brass faceplace showed up on Steampunk Workshop, via the German synth site Synthesizer Database. The builder is Moritz Wolpert. Apparently, from the Google translation, all the knobs and handles were turned by hand on a lathe and the faceplace was hand-lettered, decorated and etched. The project took him two years.

Schaltzentrale [via Steampunk Workshop]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Orpheline

    That last picture really messed with my head when I scrolled down the page – it looked like the image was compressing. I almost rebooted…

  • http://twitter.com/jasonsack Jason Sack

    Amazing. Try and mass produce that, corporate shills!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_53UVIBRGQELJNE5QM4NK5NWKQU Me Myself and I

    Obvious question… How much do you think THAT weighs??   Woof!!
    Let’s just say you don’t want to drop it on your foot… or on the floor if you on the 2nd floor of a building lest it go through to the 1st floor!     Still, a work of art!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaleb.smith Kaleb Smith

    Is that a MIDI port in the lower left??

    Where can we hear the thing — I want it to sound as vintage as it looks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/russell.arteaga Russell Arteaga

    It’s probably for keyboard input. 

  • Anonymous

    Cool. Now lets hear some sweet sounds come out of that thing too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.peebles1 Mike Peebles

    Even if it didn’t work it would be cool!

  • John Doofus

    Eh, not a fan.

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