Take Home a Piece of the Famous Coney Island Boardwalk with the New Sounder Amplifier for iPad

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Sounder Industries create a Sounder with reclaimed wood from Coney Island.

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“A Sounder stand made from lumber reclaimed from the Coney Island Boardwalk initially spent 400 years as a Greenheart tree, then 50 years as board on the Boardwalk and now as a Sounder finished to a high polish,” said Jim McNally

Listen closely and you can still hear the sounds of the famous Coney Island Boardwalk.

Hot dogs sizzling on the grill at Nathan’s Famous. Street vendors hawking their wares. Seagulls chittering and diving for breadcrumbs. Roller coasters rumbling in the distance. Children laughing as their colorful horses glide around the Ferris wheel.

And the footfalls of a million feet, walking up and down the heavy wooden planks of the Coney Island Boardwalk, now all but gone for good.

Old Coney Island Boardwalk Disappearing

As reported in the New York Times (“No Cyclone or Hot Dogs, but Still the Boardwalk,” June 29, 2012 by Liz Robbins), in 2009 the New York City parks department starting replacing sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk using concrete and synthetic lumber. The move upset many people who were nostalgic for the Boardwalk that dated back to the 1940s.

Wood From Coney Island Boardwalk Is Reappearing

Fortunately, the wrecking balls didn’t spell the end of the Boardwalk. Pieces of the Boardwalk, reclaimed from salvage yards and trash cans, has begun to show up in many places, including a rooftop farm in Queens, a coffee bar in Greenwich Village and the Barnes Foundation art gallery in Philadelphia.

And now, anyone yearning for a real piece of the Coney Island Boardwalk can have one at home.

The Sounder—A Natural Amplier For the iPad

Howard Fink, an inventor in New York, and his business partner Jim McNally developed the concept for an all-natural wood product to amplify the sound output of the iPad. They named it the Sounder and are currently taking pre-orders on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. They are seeking to raise $50,000 by July 21, in order to buy the materials and began production in Fall 2012.

The Sounder is a carved piece of wood made from old-growth lumber. It amplifies the iPad’s sound through its unique design, without requiring any wires or electrical connections. It works by directing the sound from the iPad to a horn shaped opening that, when combined with a hard surface such as desktop or table, creates a megaphone type effect.

“We reclaim old-growth lumber from factories, office buildings and warehouses when the buildings are demolished, and we give it new life with the Sounder,” Fink said.

Bringing The Sounds of Coney Island Boardwalk To Life

Among the wood used for the Sounder are boards from New York’s famed Coney Island Boardwalk. The lumber from the Boardwalk is known as Greenheart (Chlorocardium rodiei), an extremely hard and strong wood that was originally harvested from forests in Guyana in northern South America. It was also used to make the legendary Endurance polar expedition ship, led by explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.

“A Sounder stand made from lumber reclaimed from the Coney Island Boardwalk initially spent 400 years as a Greenheart tree, then 50 years as board on the Boardwalk and now as a Sounder finished to a high polish,” said Jim McNally.

Pricing for the Coney Island Boardwalk Sounder starts at $250 each.

“Working with lumber reclaimed from the Coney Island Boardwalk is definitely like stepping back in time,” Fink said. “We’re proud to be part of keeping the spirit of the Boardwalk alive.”

For more information and to order the Sounder, visit http://bit.ly/SounderKS.

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