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I want to make a fake gramaphone-type facade to place over my CD player (yes, I know they sell CD players that already look like this, but I don't want to spend the $250-$300 on a CD player!) What I need for are ideas on how to create the "horn." From looking at pictures, it appears that the real ones tended to look like a blooming flower.

Any suggestions on how I might make one of these? I have very limited sheet metal skills, and paper mache just seems like it would be too rough looking.
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Cut the sections out of "door Skin." Can be held in place with tape and glued with wood glue.
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By "door skin" I assume LL is referring to luaun, a thin mahogany coat found on cheap interior doors. If you were to go this route you could use any number of wood veneers which are even thinner and easier to work with.

You don't mention distance restrictions, so what about a wire frame with a fabric cover? We once found a thin cotton material that had "wood grain" or use a flat grey/black to make it look like metal.
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Since I restore old radios too, I actually have two of these horns. Why not get a 'real' horn off of ebay and work from there. They go anywhere from $10 to $100, since you don't need the pot metal speaker element. (I can go into why you needed the horn with the element, but that's radio stuff).

Not only would it work, but you'd have a real antique too.
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I have seen some cheap import copies of these for sale some of the various tent sale of tools. Otherwise, get a witches hat and fiberglass it or papermache it.

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Thanks, guys! I'll start with the eBay search (now why didn't I think of that?!)
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Well, the thin stretch fabric over large wire forms used to make pixie wings for kids cosutmes, look a LOT like flower petals on a really big scale. I think if you took a few of those you could fashion it into a lightweight horn, Sorry all my Victrola's have the horn built into the cabinet, and they are surely not as elegant as the Grammophone horns.
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Update: I did, indeed find an original on eBay. Cheap ... under $20, including postage. It's big, too. I may take it to a sign painter and have it "personalized" for my purposes.

Thanks, Ricker (and the rest) for your ideas.
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