Here you will find devices that captivate the eyes and ears. Flashing vacuum tubes, 25000 volt arcs, plasma devices, neon and cold cathode lights all abound. Some have Bluetooth music functionality, USB chargers and clocks that run forwards, backwards or both.
WORMHOLE NAVIGATION UNIT
Here is a portion of the Wormhole Navigation and Transport devices carried on Admiralty space-time traveling airships. First the navigator would direct the ship to the vicinity of a wormhole by viewing the plasma storms in the display. Once close, the plasma would be torn apart by the high voltage, and the tacheon particles collected by the rotating antenna. They would be stored in the flux capacitor. Once charged, the navigator can chose to move forwards or backwards in the wormhole as the clock spins to show the distance traveled.
What is wrong here? Why is a 1900 vintage Gilbert clock housing a tachyon plasma display? The original brass movement was transmografied into a wormhole time gauge while an antique porcelain switch controls the direction of time travel. The many anachronisms bring into question issues of time, place and space. How did it get here? Who used it? How does it work?
This piece is the result of over six months of work, including four months of high voltage experiments to invent a , solid state Jacob's Ladder which produces 25,000 volts as it climbs the electrodes, encased in a borosilicate glass tube. The second story is an oak file card box from the 1950s, while interesting brass and copper repurposed pieces used in this assemblage include three oilers and a boiler safety valve. The meters on either side read volts and amps and function as the Jacob's Ladder sparks and the motor turns the antenna on top.
This piece is truly one of a kind. No one else but Vandegraaff Laboratories has the technology and skill to produce such a piece, with a solid state Jacobs Ladder, motors, plasma balls and electroluminescent lighting.
The unit stands 38" tall and is 22 inches wide.
Watch the Sparks Fly on the video!
This piece is modeled after a device invented by Dr. William Neff, the famous Otolaryngologist in 1911, to assist the partially deaf to sense sounds by converting them to visual images. The original design used mirrors, but here we use electroluminescent technology with sound-induced patterns. In addition, there is a radial element wound with neon wire that changes intensity with the sound. The patent on this device shows an integrated phonograph which we have upgraded to a Bluetooth music player which plays through a vintage brass trombone horn.
There are five light sources on this piece. The round EL display and the radial wrapped EL wire respond to external sounds or from a Bluetooth connected amplifier. The sound is loud and clear with a slight tinny tone reminiscent of old radios. On the sides are alternate flashing vintage vacuum tubes while LEDs underneath cast an ethereal glow. Nipper, the RCA logo dog is cast iron but not permanently attached.
16w x 22" high. Less than 10W from 12V adapter, included.
If Bluetooth had been invented in the 1930s, here is how such a music player would have looked. The base is a very ornate 1900 vintage mantle clock which has been enhanced by solid brass columns, capitals and bases and embossed Italian brass trim. Its clock face has been replaced by an electroluminescent panel that responds to sound frequency and volume behind a solid brass convex glass bezel. The music comes out of a 1920 vintage phonograph wood horn. On top is a panoply of vintage electronics, with numerous LEDs and and a neon lamp. On the sides are matching green neon lights, controlled by the dimmer wheel.
This is a stunning, attention-getting piece with great sound. Even if you don't use the Bluetooth feature, the display will respond to any sounds or music in the room.
21" wide and 24" high. Less than 18 watts from included 12V wall adapter
A Corona is a luminous gas envelope and here we have a Jacobs Ladder, producing arcs and ozone along with that distinctive sound, while the Plasma Display emulates lightning in multiple colors. This piece offers sensory overload! On top are side-emitting fiber optic lights and electroluminescent wire wrapped around a spiral radiator. The 1900s vintage Sessions mantle clock has been restored and then embellished with solid brass top and trim.
17" wide and 26"tall, the Corona Generator consumes less than 6 watts with lights only and then 50 W with the sparks and arcs. Toggle switch allows you to select just the lights and plasma display or adding the Jacobs Ladder.
(Note the 20,000 volts is at high frequency and low amperage so even though arc is contained in a cylinder, touching the electrodes will cause a very unpleasant burn. High voltage component is UL approved.)
The standard VGL one year waranty is included.
Before leaving home in search of tears in the space-time fabric, one should be aware of dangerous plasma storms that can be seen approaching in the plasma ball. Cosmic rays are another danger that are detected by the rotating antenna and radiometer. The neon tubes on the sides warn of electrostatic beams. Back at home, it offers the utility of a desk light with dimming LEDs, quartz clock USB charger and a Bluetooth music player.
Here is an adaptation of the old “weather glass” in the form of a plasma ball, surrounded by a baroque cast brass lamp base. The vintage wood radio case holds a new quartz clock movement and above is a dual LED desk light, surrounded by a water heater coil wrapped in EL wire. There is a toggle switch on front for the LEDs that are surprisingly bright and dimmable using the brass valve handle on the side. In addition there is a USB charger port on the side.
This Laboratory creation is the Swiss army knife of steampunk lights! This fantastic desk light runs off of 12V. With LEDS at max brightness, and full volume from the Bluetooth music player, total power consumption is approx 30 watts.
The clock is removable from front to change the AA battery. The piece stands 24” high and 11” wide with padded bottom feet, including a one year guarantee on workmanship.
This is a replica, made from smuggled plans, of the translator aboard Admiralty Airships for communicating with other life forms. We lacked some of the required parts so the telepathic and the light-to-sound circuits are incomplete but the unit does convert sounds into light. Speak to it and watch your voice pattern on the 5" EL display. (Music looks nicer.)
The base containing the translator is a 1900's vintage mantle clock which sports three vacuum tubes. The side tubes flash once per second while the top tube, lit from within by LEDs, illuminates the glass pendulum bob as it swings. On the front of the base is a bright blue CCFL tube as an accent light. The top piece sits on solid brass columns and bases turned on a lathe.
The clock face is an electro-luminescent panel approximately 4" square. The side lights are made from glass test tubes and solid brass. The included 12v adapter is energy efficient with total power consumption less than 6 watts.
The Xslator is finished with solid brass hardware and trim, including the top brass finial. The piece strands 32" tall, 17" at its widest and 8" deep.
When traveling through wormholes, clocks run backwards. This unit is designed to be brought along on your time travels and will appear as a normal clock to you as you pass through the wormhole. The tubes amplify the tachyon waves that drive the plasma navigation display. Back home, the clock keeps time but runs backwards and the plasma display is for amusement only. There is a front jack for connecting your phone to play music through a new and efficient 4W amplifier, and a USB charger port on the side.
This is one of the most beautiful and richly detailed units to come out of the Laboratory, requiring over 150 hours of labor. The wood cabinet dates from the 1980s and was designed to mimic a 1930s radio. It is covered in brass and adorned with brass details, paint and over 200 brass screws. The vacuum tubes have been drilled out and fitted with LEDs, protected by copper cages. The quartz movement and pendulum run on AA batteries. The electronics are new except for a beefy old speaker which has great sound. The low power plasma display is hard-wired and the entire unit runs from a 12V wall unit, which is included. The LEDs and display are designed to run continuously with a power consumption of less than 2W. The toggle switch on the lower left and associated machined brass volume control are for the music player. Using the USB charger and music player will increase power consumption to approx 8W.
The unit comes fully assembled except for the pendulum and clock batteries. It is 29” tall, 16” at its widest point and comes with a custom, solid wood travel case. As always, a full service one-year guarantee is included.
THE LAST RIDE
"You're on the last train" said the man in black. Your ticket was punched. You never knew.
.This piece may be interpreted as an allegory about our mortality or maybe not, so make no hasty assumptions about the train's destination. Possibly this is just a routine conversation between a conductor and a passenger? Are we fearful of our"Last Ride"? On the hour, a steam locomotive pulls away from the station.
Questions arise as the text is read, the pendulum swings and the lights flash with the sound of the steam train. The design started with a clock that is enhanced with brass, copper and steel to simulate a railroad locomotive, albeit a strange one, with glowing wheels and flashing lights. Trains run on precise time schedules, hence the quartz clock with top and bottom pendulums evoking a rail crossing. The 10 second sound of the steam locomotive leaving the station can is an hourly chime with a volume control and off switch. A train signal light is mounted behind the lower pendulum and changes from red to green every 10 seconds. The lights protruding from the clock are vacuum tubes protected with copper cages which are clear anachronisms and add mystery as to the kind of train we have here. They flash consecutively around the clock, one flash per second.
The clock stands approximately 30" tall and consumes approximately 3 watts from the included 12V wall adapter. The electronics are microcontroller based. The piece comes with a custom wood travel box, fully assembled except for the pendulum and AA battery for the clock. A one year guarantee on workmanship is included.
This is the ULTIMATE clock for a train enthusiast and a "one of a kind".