Classic Gramophone (Hand Rotating and Electric) DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles by ROKR

ROKR Gramophone Wooden 3D Puzzle Puzzles

You know, vinyl was my hobby for a long time. Well, at least I can say that being interested in “having vinyl as a hobby” is my hobby. It always sounded too expensive, complex and kinda posh.

You never know where to start, how to choose your vinyl player, where to buy all the needed stuff. 

Fortunately, there is an easy way to see if listening to vinyl at home is really worth your time and effort. And by that, I, of course, mean building your own vintage styled gramophone that was made by our good friends in ROKR.

InformationDescription
Name:Classic Gramophone
Brand:ROKR (Robotime)
Level (Complexity):Complex (8)
Type:Wooden 3D Puzzle
Object:Assemble the puzzle and play music!
Number of components:424
Estimated time:8-10 hours (2-3 sessions)
Size:226*261*429 mm
Packaging:Cardboard Box (317*235*83 mm)
Materials used:High Quality Plywood, Metal, Electronics
Where to Buy:RORK Website / PuzzleMaster / Amazon

About ROKR Gramophone Puzzle

One thing I love about ALL ROKR models is that those are really up the game when it comes to the innovative and cool looking puzzles. 

Really, a gramophone? A WORKING Gramophone even. That’s crazy, to say the least. And I am not even mentioning the famous Vitascope!

In any case — here we have a Wooden 3D Puzzle by ROKR — Classic Gramophone that comes in both hand crank and electric versions.

The models consist of 424 pieces and will be a challenge to assembly especially if you don’t have any experience. There are a lot of tricky parts where you need to bend the wooden parts to make curves and that can be quite challenging if you do it without proper preparation and experience.

What is in the box:

ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles What in the box included
ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles how to assemble
ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles Assembly

Other than that — there are some electronic parts that you may get confused with, so it is always good to try yourself in something easier first — for example ROKR Orpheus Steampunk Music Box.

ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles

Nevertheless, I have to admit that it looks stunning to say the least. The horn is quite big and stands out while the base of the gramophone sports an amazing baroque styled design that is also reminiscent of steampunk aesthetics of the Victorian era.

Features 

The gramophone comes with 7″ vinyl record (3 songs) that you can test it with:

  • The Merry Gent by Alan Moorhouse
  • Memory Of A Dance by Maurice Jarre
  • The Giant Killers by Len Stevens
ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzle vinyl included

All these are classical melodies that will definitely add to the atmosphere of Victorian England.

Obviously, the hand crank version needs to be put in motion by the user. I have found that the overall speed that you need to rotate the handle to get the more or less steady and listenable output is quite fast, so you will obviously get tired after a minute or two.

ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles instructions

The electric version solves that problem obviously by utilizing the mechanism inside to rotate the handle itself after a wind up or by using a battery to power the gramophone for longer periods of time.

ROKR Gramophone DIY Wooden 3D Puzzles Features

You can manually control the volume through the knob. There is also a micro USB port, which can be connected to an external power supply to reduce the intensity of the hand crank.
There are also 3 rotating disks that will enable you to play 7-inch and 10-inch records.

ROKR Gramophone rotating play time parts

I think it can be a cool gift OR a nice practice before you take on a real big boys gramophone 

Conclusion

  • It is a beautiful model, but obviously not a real gramophone. The volume produced by it and the quality of the music is not that great. Nevertheless,  it is not the point because surely making your own gramophone would be much harder than just assembling 424 pieces from wood.
  • I’d say that the sole fact that it can produce music from a vinyl record is amazing.
  • Then again, the looks are stunning, and this 3D Wooden Model gives a great challenge for anyone.

Where to Buy ROKR Gramophone

One more thing

BONUS – Mini Gramophone Model

There is also one model that is worth mentioning here, but I don’t think it deserves a separate review. Rolife Gramophone is a mini version of the classical one. Certainly, it lacks any mechanical parts and is basically a nice eye candy for your shelf. 

Rolife Gramophone Assembly
Rolife Gramophone What in the box

It consists of 122 pieces, so, obviously — it will be much easier for you to assemble. The size of the Rolife Gramophone when assembled is 112*102*185 mm.

Rolife Gramophone Size
Rolife Gramophone Look

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