Wow, I am so impressed. A functional, steam-powered record player! This is truly an amazing work of art.
Simon Jansen of New Zealand put this baby together. He explains how this works a lot better than I can. Great job!
Yes, it is true steampunk. The engine was made mainly from bits and pieces I had lying about in my junk box. The boiler was made from some copper water pipe and a bespoke platter and base was made using wood. I am using an Arduino to control everything buy using a coil to detect the passing of magnets in the edge of the platter. The Arduino works out the revs then feeds this information into a PID controller the output of which drives a servo controlling a throttle on the engine. The speed is regulated to 33 1/3 (well, more or less) and displayed on an analogue meter. The tone arm uses an old phono cartridge that connects to my phono pre-amp and into my stereo.
Just a heads up for anyone looking for some steampunk accessories on the cheap…
Costume Craze is having a big sale, and everything in their store is 50%-90% off. Some great deals to be had, and they have a nice collection of steampunk-ish costumes and accessories worth checking out!