So yesterday, what you see above happened in the studio. I guess the photographer really wanted to buzz the model in, and somehow shattered the plastic housing in his eagerness.
The $18 part was easy to replace, and on the backside of the old one you can see a simple four-wire hookup and the speaker:
If I was a little more hacktastic I'd take the still-functioning speaker and try to do something with it, as so many others have. Remember the BoomCases we spotted a few years back?
Or Devin Ward's handsome hacks on Etsy?
Now we've caught wind of a German outfit doing the same thing. But like the BoomCases and Ward's work, Hamburg's Soundpauli company has their own quirky aesthetic.
And some of their designs are positively Braunian:
The Soundpauli guys have been at it since '09, when they found themselves music-shorthanded at a barbecue. Pardon the rusty Google Translation from German:
Summer of 2009. A Day at the River Elbe. 6 beer - but not a ghetto blaster on hand & certainly no CDs. BUT: batteries, a soldering iron, an amplifier and an old box - and two hours waiting to bring the girls to the grill: The idea of Soundpauli was born.
And there's a key difference between your correspondent and the Soundpauli tinkerers: For me, alcohol and tools never leads anywhere good, but these guys got a company out of it.