Daniel Barassi’s day job is managing the websites of clients such as Depeche Mode. In his spare time, he turns toy Fisher-Price turntables into portable decks.
It started in September last year when he came into a large collection of 45s from Atomic Records in Burbank. Storing them in his garage he wanted a portable deck to play them without needing to move his Technics 1210s.
He picked out a Fisher-Price battery-powered portable turntable, but was unimpressed by the decks capabilities, so decided to make some changes, including fitting a Shure M44-7 DJ cartridge, installing RCA jacks and an amplifier, and turning the volume slider (next to the speed selector) into a pitch control.
Barassi calls the creations Fishure-Price, which cost at least $200 in parts to upgrade.
Writing on his website fishureprice.com, he said: “I love to hack. Whether it be sound, video, imagery or physical items, I can't resist the urge to tinker with the DNA of stuff. The Fishure-Price turntable is a perfect example of tinkering.”
Check out a video of the Fishure-Price in action below. More are available on the Fishure-Pirce Instagram account.