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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 is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Orpheline says:

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

  2. Jason Sack says:

    Amazing. Try and mass produce that, corporate shills!

  3. 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!!

  4. Kaleb Smith says:

    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.

  5. It’s probably for keyboard input. 

  6. Anonymous says:

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

  7. Mike Peebles says:

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

  8. John Doofus says:

    Eh, not a fan.