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ipod iphone charging station with speakers from vintage pilot's radio and beacon

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This docking station for your ipod or iphone is made from a vintage Learavian pilot's radio and beacon, manufactured by Lear in the 1940's. It was originally a battery operated radio/beacon/transmitter that a pilot would have used both in and out of their aircraft. When we saw this piece, it was love at first sight and we went right to work crafting this one of a kind dock.

To convert the Learavian, we started by removing all the old, defunct electronics. In their place we've installed a 10 watt amplifier that powers a 5.25" Pyle 3 way speaker. The sound is robust, plenty to fill a room and then some. The unique design of the radio places the single speaker on the left end of the cabinet.

For controls, we cleaned and reused the original acetate cover, as well as the awesome deco style volume knob. Power to the speaker is switched on and off with a new key switch, which is just so much fun. When power is on, a vintage orange dome light is lit, along with a small green LED.

Cosmetically, we left this alone, doing just some minor cleaning. The original woven fabric covering shows some fraying and discoloration, along with the leather handle, all of which just adds to the cool factor of this piece.

A universal Apple docking tray was added to the top to dock your iphone or ipod and is wired to charge your device whether your speaker is on or not. A single 110v chord exits the back of the unit.

We think this piece is just amazing, destined to be a real conversation piece.

ipod iphone charging station with speakers from vintage pilot's radio and beacon


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