Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

The Sound Lab Ultimate Analog Synth

Vintage Tardis control panel or brand new instrument? You decide.

It takes a lot to get me excited about music gear these days, but Ray Wilson's Sound Lab Ultimate modular analog synthesizer kit is amazing. This instrument is the followup to his original Sound Lab mini-synth. It features three musically accurate oscillators, white noise generator, active mixer, a 12 dB/Octave lowpass filter, envelope generator, dual low frequency oscillators and more.

The $130 "Deal Clincher" kit includes the PC board, two faceplates, three axial compensators (to keep the oscillators in tune as the temperature changes) along with a Wall Wart power supply board. You can order nearly all of the other project components directly from Mouser for just over $225.

This definitely isn't a beginner's project, but anyone with a bit of kit building experience should be able to assemble this incredibly cool instrument in only a few evenings.

Music From Outer Space Sound Lab ULTIMATE synth kit [via Matrixsynth]

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