Gallery: Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled N...

 
The newsprint pieces are joined together at the edges and moistened dryer lint is used to form the seams together. Schneller describes the lint as "structurally profound when impregnated and cosmetically a home run." Lint is sent to him from all over the country, but he says that a little goes a long way in the making of the horns.

Not only are Specimen’s horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was common in old movie theaters when speakers were placed behind the movie screen to give bold, room filling sound with very little energy usage. Today, performers will use a handful of horn speakers to greatly reduce their energy usage as compared with PA systems typical of today’s clubs and concert venues — these easily use 5,000 watts.

With a background in art, Ian Schneller began Specimen Products in 1981. Combining a love of handmade art with the practicality of building and repairing instruments for his friends and members of his own band, the business grew to become a manufacturer of specialized music equipment.

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