After the nixie-trio I felt like I should build another kind of clock. A thought started to form back when I was planning the dosiemeters! But what should it be like? Maybe a clock with Decatron tubes or a clock with a CRT tube... the final product is almost a mix between the two, the E1T trochotron tubes combine the technologies of decatron and cathode-ray tubes!

E1T clock

Fukushima, Japan, 11th March 2011, the day of the terrible nuclear disaster. That's when I decided I should build a Geiger-Müller counter, steampunk style. The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Catastrophe (26th April) was a month later, which as well had a great impression on me. I remember how the Hungarian news on public service broadcasters muddied the water about the happenings over there, when I was young. So I started thinking about what kind of a dosimeter shall I make: an analogue type with a deprez display began to outline in my head, lacking any kind of digital parts, and another model as well, but more on that later.


It was June 18 2009 when I've realised what I want to do in the future. Well before that i've felt something seeking for me, something that is hard to resist, but unnecessary to do so. You have to let it drag you with itself because it's something new, something extraordinary... A whole new industrial genre has found me!

This is the Steampunk Object-Culture!

I will never forget the day when I saw Jake's keyboard for the first time. I couldn't take my eyes off of it for long-long minutes, and couldn't do so for a few more days onwards... I wanted to know every little detail of it, how it is built and the work phases... The best resource is undoubtedly american e‑Bay, but a lot of individually and handmade part will be needed, it was clear from the start. I decided: I have to build one.

jake and rich

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