Recycled Suitcase Speakers Really Pack In The Sound

Vintage stuff rocks, and not just because you can get it for spare change at the local thrift store. Buying something vintage is just a hipper way to recycle. When we can transform that old item into something that’s practical and even more valuable than the original, that’s when things really get exciting.

Rarely have we seen a company rock the upcycling genre like Case of Bass. This Portland-based company takes funky old suitcases (you know, the kind your grandparents used to carry back when flying was something you got dressed up for?) and turns them into portable sound systems that are sure to blow the socks off your audience in more ways than one.


Image via Case of Bass

Each case is plucked from obscurity and then fitted with a selection of speakers that guarantee the best combination of sound and aesthetic. Because vintage suitcases come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, each Case of Bass is unique and can be formulated to fit the personality of its owner. And the recycling component isn’t only skin deep: the company also uses classic electronic components in each design. “We can tell from the moment we crack open an old stereo it is built better than one you might find on the shelves of Walmart,” reads the website.

To further ensure that your Case will suit your face, the company takes personal requests for input types, amplifier sizes, power supplies and batteries, and finally any personal detailing you might desire. Along the path to completion, each case is handled by highly talented local artisans and crafts-people. The result is as much a work of art as it is a practical musical accessory.

Cases currently listed on the site’s online store range from $275 – $370. Also available in Portland at Hollywood Babylon, Hellion Gallery, and Tender Loving Empire.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

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