I’m starting to see more and more people starting to produce their own 3D printed adapters. I’ve seen everything from near exact duplicates of vintage adapters to their own unique designs that look nothing like I’ve seen in the past. I thought it would be nice to put them all in one place so that you could see the variety that’s out there.
I love these adapters because some of them are modeled directly from original vintage adapters. Some of these are rather hard to find so they would make excellent fillers for your collection…at least until you can find the originals. These were made by Kevin Anetsberger who did a fantastic job. I was amazed how close the look and feel of these came to the real adapters. Looking forward to more work from him!
Every time I feel confident that I’ve got a great adapter collection, I glance over at Zoli’s collection and jealousy sweeps over me. He’s done a wonderful job in hunting up even the most hard to find adapters and has now taken up designing them…..and doing a great job. Here are a few of his original designs, but I’m sure there will more to come.
These are a nice mix of the vintage look with just a hint of modern. These were designed and then created on 3D printers by Michele Badia.
These adapters called 45 Spinners are from Culture Pirates LLC. They are owned and operated by twin brothers Marc and John Beaudette. For the past 20 years, music and art has been at the forefront of their livelihood, and their business is built around their passion for recording, performing and creating.
These adapters were created and printed by a Canadian company called Print3D. Chad has come up with some interesting designs. I’ll make sure to list as many as I can here. If you’re interested in checking them out, you can find them on Etsy.
This is also a 3D printed adapter, but this one has a 2″ diameter and is larger than the standard 1 1/2″ adapters you see on 45’s. That’s because this was made for a Seeburg record to be played on the Seeburg 1000 system. The Seeburg 1000 Background Music System is a phonograph designed and built by the Seeburg Corporation to play background music from special 16 2/3 RPM vinyl records in offices, restaurants, retail businesses, factories and similar locations. It provided a service similar to that of Muzak.
These were printed using a more clear plastic than the ones above.
This is a modern adapter that was 3D printed for use on an old and rather rare record. Aretino records were 10″ but had an unusual 3″ hole. This 3″ adapter allows the user to play the record on a normal record player.
This is a turntable adapter that was also produced via a 3D printer.
This is another example of a modern adapter that was made by someone who obviously had a vision to create a modern style adapter with an old school feel. I like this one. It’s a little unique in that the center hole does not extend to the top of the adapter. Here are two views of this one.
Here’s another 3D printed turntable adapter that I found online. Not sure why, but this is one of my favorites. It has a nice clean look to it and it keeps the arm nice and straight with no side movement.