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I am loving the DIY gadget aesthetics of these FernSprecher voice-memo machines made from old telephone handsets by Karl Schatzmann of Brooklyn. FernSprecher, one of the German words for telephone, literally means “remote speaker.” One button records a message, the other plays it back. [Thanks, Karl!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Simon

    I can’t find anywhere where it says what chip was used but one I know you can use is the HK828: http://www.jaycar.com.au/images_uploaded/zz-8200.pdf

    I used one to make an ‘A Team’ music box once.

  • Seba

    Cool device, and probably not that much difficult to reproduce, unfortunately I can find no schematics…..