I restored a bar. Finished photo/video first:
I acquired a bar for $40 dollars for an upcoming event from craigslist on a whim as restoring a bar was probably more efficient than building one from scratch:
How it Arrived:
This doesn’t work.
I wanted a bar, I needed nothing else, but this came with “an old stereo” according to the ad, and to my surprise, it had speakers as well, and it all worked! kind of. So, I figured, might as well make it all work.
- See if amp is usable and if it can be retrofitted for a aux line-in
- Replace fur with something more in line with my style needs
- Add lighting
- Clean up and paint as needed
Points of interest:
- Discovered that the bar has built-in speakers, wow, and after rewiring them, the amp and replacing a blown capacitor on one of the tweeters they actually sound OK.
- FM radio works great, 8-track player MAY work – will have to get an 8-track to test.
- Did not test record player as it seemed too far gone without replacing (especially the stylus, it was pretty housed up. Might be a good project for another time.
- This is a quadraphonic amp, you can see the second set of speaker outputs (no second set of speakers built-in) and a switch to enable quad playback. It’s probably one of the matrix formats – I’ll research that later if I get a quadraphonic 8-track (or an 8-track at all) or if I fix the record player – I actually have a QS (or SQ or something) Kris Kristofferson record that might be compatible.
- I discovered the lighting system in the front of the device. Deep inside I found a dial-based object that adjusted the sensitivity of the light flash, it was wired to 120VAC for the lights (old style large Christmas lights) and to the right speaker.
Lights and Fabric:
Sound and Structure:
Additional Notes and Final Thoughts:
- The front lighting system was on a dial that was just sort of slapped inside the cabinet, exposed, 120VA – no bueno. I put this behind some particle board, mounted it up and added an actual knob from an old fader dial.
- The amp was wired up with one channel driving both speakers. I think it was thought that the amp had a blown channel, but after rewiring it’s working now. Perhaps it’s was issue with the 8-track and/or record wiring and they bypassed it at the amp
- I’d like to add some heavy duty locking casters to the bottom of this for ease of moving and to keep it off of damp ground.
- The bar top is not particularly durable, made of the same particle board the rest of the bar is made of and covered with a sticker veneer. I’d like to replace it with a nice sheet of plywood sealed up with a waterproof finish.
- The speakers could stand an upgrade.
- I don’t think I bypassed the record player’s pre-amp, so one must be mindful of the input level from your phone/ipad/whatever on the aux-in.
- A fridge and a draft tap tower would really tie the whole thing together.
Budget / Materials ~$70:
- Bar: $40
- Cracked Sheet of fluorescent light diffuser: $2
- LED Strips: two 16ft. spools @ ~$4 each
- Fabric, stain, wood, and wiring stuff I had already, say ~$20 in value.