St. Adolphe man turns vintage suitcases into portable audio systems

Have you ever thought the old suitcases gathering dust in your basement could have a new life?

Doug Touchette's company Boom Baggage is doing a booming business

Have you ever thought the old suitcases gathering dust in your basement could have a new life?

Audiophile Doug Touchette has, and he calls his portable audio systems Boom Baggage.

Touchette was surfing the net and came across a company in California making audio systems out of vintage suitcases.

"I saw what they were doing and realized how good that would be, so I started working on a couple of them. The response has been overwhelming," he said.

Touchette has been interested in speakers since he was a teenager and continues to collect them, take them apart and save all the parts. He's also worked in commercial electronics systems for 25 years.

"I grew up in a TV and stereo store, my mom's an artists, my grandpa's a carpenter, so I guess with that background all that comes together," he said.

These are plug-and-play units that come with a power cord to plug into a wall, car or boat, Each system is unique.

Touchette has even made a stereo out of a guitar case and plans to get into bigger furniture as well.
Steampunk Pirate Chest (Doug Touchette)

One of his favourites is his "Steampunk Pirate Chest." It's a late 19th century wood chest that he found in old St. Boniface. He installed two booming 15" woofers in each side and the nails are hand-made.

"Here's an example of what I can do to combine the aesthetics of beautiful furniture with true full-range audio," he said.
Doug Touchette built "The Weekend Morning" for his appearance on CBC Radio's Weekend Morning Show with Terry MacLeod. Touchette will auction off the unit on Sept. 6 to raise funds for Graffiti Gallery. (Doug Touchette)

When he was invited to speak with Terry MacLeod on the Weekend Morning show he immediately set out to create a new design which he called "The Weekend Morning."

"After Terry asked me on the show, I tripped across this bright orange case and then a yellow speaker for the bright Manitoba sun and blue speakers for the sky above and lakes below. Had to do it," he said.

Prices for Boom Baggage units start at $200.00.