The world now has a limited edition Frank Zappa-themed vinyl console

The vinyl revival has inspired some rather eccentric turntable-based systems, from the Sonos-supporting Wrensilva Loft to the Globe-Trotter X Analogue Foundation hi-fi-system-cum-cocktail-cabinet.

The latest invention we’ve come across: the rather uncatchy-named ‘SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition’, a luxury vinyl console born out of a collaboration between the Frank Zappa Estate and a luxury design company called LUNO that actually has several vinyl consoles to speak of.

The console, which is made out of American walnut and decorated with a brass soundwave from Zappa’s Sofa No. 1, features Pro-Ject’s Esprit SB turntable, an unspecified ‘2.1 speaker system’ with a 100-watt subwoofer, two aux inputs for hooking up audio devices, and AirPlay connectivity for streaming from Apple devices.

The console's bonus material? A selection of vinyl recordings from Zappa’s catalogue, a pull-out minibar with Zappa-themed whiskey glasses, a storage cabinet for 150 records, and a Groovewasher record cleaning kit.

Only 10 will be available for purchase - each comes with a signed, numbered and dated certificate of authenticity - and we doubt it’ll be cheepnis (ahem) considering pricing information is upon inquiry only. But hey, it's OK to want what we can't have.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.