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Ampliphone Maker: Fritz Rud

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Ampliphone Maker: Fritz Rud

West Seattle local Fritz Rud pairs salvaged vintage equipment with his own custom woodworking to create sculptural objects for listening to music on your phone. They sound alarmingly good – better than a lot of bluetooth speakers on the market – and look even better. The horns come from a variety of vintage speaker cabinets, gramophones, and other curios. We caught up with Fritz to hear his thoughts on process and inspiration:   How would you describe what you make? Custom passive amplification for hand-held devices.   Can you tell us about your favorite piece in the current collection? Swinger! It just...

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Dim all the lights, and turn up the old Victrola

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Watching new product releases as we do, we've noticed a lot of "passive amplifiers" which connect to your phone and supposedly amplify the sound without power. You may notice that you've never seen any of them at Click!. That's because most of them look like disposable junk and sound worse. But recently something's been happening right under our noses in West Seattle. A local guy named Fritz Rud, operating under the moniker of Salv.co, had great realization: that people were amplifying sound without electricity years ago,  and they made it look good. Now look at what he's done: He's made...

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