Mending things…

This blog post by Austin Kleon reminded me of a few projects I’ve worked on the past couple of weeks. First, it’s worth noting that I haven’t been excited about working on any vintage receivers this week. I needed a break from a few projects that have me stumped. I find when I pressure myself … Continue reading Mending things…

Tapeless Deck

Today I stumbled across this awesome project called Tapeless Deck which recycles an old tape deck to a digital playback device. What I love the most is the ability to use a skin on the digital device to create the look of a cassette playing. Check out their website for more information! Continue reading Tapeless Deck


Last night I replaced the belt in the above Sony Walkman. At this point, I’ve changed the belt on these units so many times now, I can finish the repair in under 10 minutes. This Walkman is unusually clean, both inside and out. I celebrated the repair with a test listen of the new album, … Continue reading Idles

Keith Haring Record Mat

Keith Haring is a big inspiration in our home. We have several Haring items lying around, mostly books, but especially this letter he wrote to an inspiring artist years ago: Last week I noticed that Turntable Lab had released a Keith Haring cork record mat in several colors. I immediately ordered three, two black and … Continue reading Keith Haring Record Mat


Today is another Bandcamp Friday and what I’ve enjoyed the most about these release days, other than knowing the money spent goes 100% to the artist, is finding music I wouldn’t normally purchase. One example is a purchase from last month’s Bandcamp Friday called Noontide by Micah Frank. As I’ve mentioned before, I recently repaired … Continue reading NOONTIDE

Just Re-Do It

I keep going back to Kevin Kelly’s 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice as I find a new nugget with each read. Today the following “bit” spoke to me most: “To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it. The secret to making fine things is in … Continue reading Just Re-Do It