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by Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat $65.00
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So Jar, So Good

This speaker-in-a-jar is completely self-contained, so you can bring it on-the-go with you for impromptu dance parties, and can hook it up to your personal music player or electronic instrument. Its size is small but its sound is big - a perfect gift for teens and adults alike! Hand assembled in Sunnyvale, CA, USA.

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Item ID
24190
Made from
aluminum, wire, glass, metal, circuit board, paper, baltic birch plywood, polypropylene
Measurements
5" H x 3.5" diameter
Notes
Comes with one set of 3 AAA batteries, which should last for approximately 20 hours of use. Change batteries when music becomes distorted.
2 inch full range driver with 1.4 watt amplifier - perfect for your bedroom, kitchen, or backyard BBQ.
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Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam and Ron have always loved to create things with their hands. Even as kids, they were inventing things, most of which didn't work out exactly as planned. But studying Manufacturing Engineering (Adam) and Eletronics (Ron) at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA gave them just the training they needed to make pretty much anything with good success, espeically Trash Amps: soda can speakers, mason jar speakers, and more!

After graduating in 2009, Adam and Ron started Trash Amps, combining their passions for engineering, design, art, and music. Adam's knowledge of how to make stuff and his skills in SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite got things started. Ron applied his expertise in design and electronics assembly. It is safe to say that building Trash Amps from the ground up has been invaluable experience for these two engineering entrepreneurs. Music has always been an important part of their lives -- Adam and Ron play the guitar and enjoy listening to music with friends. With Trash Amps, they've got music with them anywhere, whether it's an epic jam session or just hanging with friends.

Besides wanting to make a cool product, Adam and Ron have always enjoyed the intersection of education and real life. After noticing how kids get really excited about Trash Amps, they started visiting local schools to encourage kids towards sustainability, music, engineering, and education as a whole. "When you connect education with something kids already view as "cool," education becomes cool by association. If you can show kids the end goal of what they're learning now, you just might set them on track to start their own successful companies down the road," says Adam.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER
 
4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (34)
  • Durable (11)
  • Sleek design (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (18)
  • Fun (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (27), High-end shopper (7), Budget shopper (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (38)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (52), No (11)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (17), Self (7), Child (6), Other (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (16), Other (9), Birthday (8)

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5.0

Great way to improve on the Mason Jar

By 

from Indiana

About Me High-end Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

    very handy around the house when I want to listen to music from my phone.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great gift, especially for the man that

    By 

    from Daytona Beach, Florida

    Pros

    • Sturdy
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Batteries Go Fast

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

    I bought this for my husband, just because. But in the 5 years that we have been together this is his favorite and most used gift. Mainly it is used in the bathroom for music while getting ready in the morning. We also take it to the beach and the pool. It is loud enough that we can enjoy it but it does not bother people around us. Great gift!!!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    5.0

    Totally Unique

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sturdy
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use

      Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

      I got this for my husband for Valentine's Day and he loved it. The sound quality is not only good, but because its an amp the base is more intense creating a better sound than many other portable speakers. It was the right price also.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Valentine’s Day

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      4.0

      Fun design

      By 

      from Batavia, Ohio

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sturdy
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

          I loved this little speaker and knew I would have to give it to my musical husband. He loved it, but the cord didn't work ( not fun on Christmas day). That being said, the exchange process was super easy and fast. Now we have a great little speaker for vacation.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Husband
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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          5.0

          Love the mason jar speaker

          By 

          from Seattle

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sleek Design
          • Sturdy
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use

            Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

            Great product great company

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Husband
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By 

            from Harrisburg, PA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sleek Design
            • Sturdy
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use
              • Organization

              Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

              Got this for my younger sister for Christmas. She loved it. I definitely sampled it before wrapping it up and honestly considered keeping it for myself. About to buy another one for myself now.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              5.0

              Cool speaker

              By 

              from Brooklyn

              About Me High-end Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

                    Great speaker for iPod.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Child
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Purchase!

                    By 

                    from Birmingham, AL

                    About Me High-end Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • "wow" Factor
                    • Sound Quality
                    • Sturdy
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Endless Possibilities

                      Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

                      My husband is an accomplished musician with an eclectic approach to life. Surprising him with new sound and music related items that he's not seen or used is one of my favorite hobbies! When he opened this on Christmas morning, everything else went away. He loved the unexpectedly good sound quality and the uniqueness of the gift itself. We use it everywhere now. I would highly recommend this product to anyone.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      My delivery was on time, quick, and in great shape. Couldn't have been happier, especially with the expedited shipping need due to the holidays.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes, Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Husband
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      unexpectedly amazing

                      By 

                      from San Francisco

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Pros

                      • Unique

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

                          I bought this little thing, thinking it would be a fun, novelty Christmas gift for my husband. When we opened presents with family and friends, my son-in-law - once a music director on Broadway - was intrigued and plugged it in to his iPhone. (Batteries included - yaaay!)

                          Jaws dropped. Everyone in the room agreed the quality of sound was surprisingly good. The sound rivaled some speakers my husband and I tested at a San Francisco electronics showroom. My son-in-law said something like "how much did we pay for our speakers?"

                          We'd actually like to hook up two at a time.

                          It seemed everyone in the room - ranging from ages 21 to 70 - wanted one. Definitely a fun, inexpensive, unique and useful gift.

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          product arrived in perfect condition and right on time.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Husband
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                          5.0

                          Totally fun music.

                          By 

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Midrange Shopper

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Sturdy
                          • Unique

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday Use

                            Comments about MASON JAR SPEAKER & AMPLIFIER:

                            A sturdy, clever and interesting way to listen to music from phone or i'pod…complete with batteries, it was ready to enjoy.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                            • Child
                            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                            Q and A

                            When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                            136votes, 10 comments

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods

                            Great things are often found in little jars: jelly, buttons, change, grandma's canned peaches. So why not music? Would you jam with this musical Mason jar?

                            Jennifer
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I want one!

                            brittany

                            is this the same concept as putting headphones in a coffee mug? looks like it, just cuter...

                            Barbara
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Cute, but not sure if it's a winner.

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods

                            Good question, Brittany! The Mason Jar Speaker does contain some electrical components, so it functions as an actual speaker and not just an amplifier.

                            Donna
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Huh ??? Why ???

                            Michele
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I love it! It would be fun to offer a kit to make our own, too!

                            Mary
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Amazingly cleaver!

                            Katharine

                            omg so cute

                            Kathleen M.

                            NO THANK YOU!

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