It’s been a long time that I’ve admired the beauty and utility of a music console.

As you’ll discover across this blog, I was raised with a healthy love for music. I was born in the 70s and so my first exposure to music was on vinyl. My parents had a healthy collection and there was almost always music on in the house. Music has been my persistent companion through everything.

Listening to pre-recorded music was once a common activity in its own right. The process of putting vinyl on the platter and actively listening to a record isn’t as common as it once was and as that ritual faded from our homes so did the furniture and tools that went with it.

That’s not to say that there aren’t companies making consoles today—there are. But they’re considered luxury items and priced as such. I’m not in the market for something like that.

I could buy an old one but I’d have to put a lot of work into it to get it where I was happy with it.

I may as well build one from scratch and that’s just what I’m going to do.

I’ll document the process here on ModSum and if I get help from the community, all the better. I’m sure I’m not the first to go down this path, and likely not the last.

I’ll tag everything #consoleBuild so the posts easy to find.

I’ve been thinking about this for years. I’ll spend some time catching everyone up before I get into the nitty gritty details.

Suffice it to say, there are a lot of designs out there, much of them (sadly) best left on the curb of history.

Wish me luck and join in the fun if you’d like.