Sunday, November 25, 2012

Atlanta Company Curious Provisions Launch “Thumpers” Nationwide

Atlanta Company Curious Provisions Launch “Thumpers” Nationwide
One-of-a-Kind Rechargeable Vintage Suitcase Boomboxes Deliver a Fusion of Art & Music

ATLANTA – October 31, 2012 – David Preiss and Javier Santana, founders of the Atlanta-based company Curious Provisions are excited to announce the national launch of “Thumper,” a one-of-a-kind rechargeable boombox made from a vintage suitcase and authentic hi-fi speakers.  Thumpers deliver a surprising blend of functional upcycled décor for art lovers and audio excellence for music aficionados.  Each Thumper is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation that blends hi-fidelity with vintage history.

David Preiss and Javier Santana were inspired to create these retro boomboxes while they were renovating and redecorating their digital design studio in Atlanta.  They crafted desks from vintage sewing machine treadles and fashioned a huge conference table from plumbing pipes and recycled barn wood. Then, Javier found a pair of Cerwin-Vega speakers and an old Sony receiver on Craigslist.  He later found a couple of vintage suitcases while thrifting and thought they'd be cool decor.  He imagined it might be even more interesting to pull the speakers from their banged up cabinets and combine them with the suitcases.  Combining skills he learned while hanging out at his cousin’s car audio tech shop, Javier amped up that suitcase, creating a boombox with killer audio.  

Thumpers are portable and rechargeable. They work with any mobile device or laptop, which are connected via an included audio auxiliary cable. Most Thumpers come with volume, bass and treble controls mounted on the side. They can be recharged after around 8 hours of playtime using the included battery charger. Music can also be streamed wirelessly with a bluetooth adapter and any Thumper can become a guitar amp using the iRig™ adapter accessory (sold separately).

As functional art that combines previously forgotten items of our past, Thumpers particularly appeal to lovers of upcycling. Each Thumper is custom-designed and hand-crafted in Atlanta for a balanced aesthetic appeal.  David and Javier match each authentic case to a speaker system, not just fitting things into a space, but combining elements that belong together.  Most of the cases date from the 1920s to the late 1960s and are made of wood, which create perfect audio cabinets.  The guys salvage the crossovers from inside the speaker cabinets and use them for high fidelity and add acoustic foam to reduce vibration. Thumpers typically use a 12-volt rechargeable battery and a 40-watt amplifier.  

Handcrafted in Atlanta’s King Plow Arts Center, prices range from $590 to $790.  

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