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July 2, 2008

iPod Gramophone


Created by Tristan Zimmerman, chief designer and sole employee of Science + Sons.

Wrote Zimmerman:

Tristan Zimmermann (established 1979) studied industrial design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon graduation in 2004 Tristan assumed the position of senior product designer at an international biomedical device company. Unfortunately, early in 2005 Tristan was diagnosed with a severe case of “cubicle fever” (see cubicalia feverum), a gripping disease suffered when genius is consigned to work in the field of monotony.

In the pursuit of recovery Tristan formed Science and Sons as a side venture to sate his own creative musings. Science and Sons has since remained the masthead under which the eccentric miscellany of his creative acumen is codified into a palatable format.

The work of Science and Sons aims to elegantly distort and defy the status quo while indulging the overlooked, broken and forgotten.

Think different.

From websites:

iPod Gramophone


Handcrafted entirely of slip-cast ceramic to replicate the curvature and passive amplification of a French horn, this iPod gramophone augments sound from an iPod without requiring auxiliary power or speaker components.

The gramophone projects music using authentic horn acoustics — simply place Apple earbuds on the gramophone's integrated cradles and music channels through the coiled tube and resonates out of the flared bell, resulting in warm, amplified sound up to 55 decibels (near the sound level of laptop computer speakers).


The gramophone is compatible with all iPod models and similar in size to a desk lamp, allowing for use on a nightstand, credenza or desktop.

The unit is best suited for amplifying blues, folk, classical, jazz and other music genres that do not produce heavy base frequencies.

White ceramic with a clear glaze finish.


Includes adapters for earbuds.

20"H x 12"W x 13"D.

10 lbs.


Kind of a post-Steampunk-retro-throwback mashup, what?


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Hi there, nice spot, I snagged it for my little blog - good luck!

Posted by: Jonny | Jul 2, 2008 5:46:52 PM

Seems like a cool simple approach to listening to your ipod. Please tell me the price is "typo". I can see 49.95 for a thingy that has no internal electronic or digital components but not $499.95! It is basically a curved tube, or to be more generous an "earhorn." Is it possible that it is made from some sort of rare ceramic, that comes from some exotic part of the world?

Posted by: Saul Castellanos | Jul 2, 2008 1:16:35 PM

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