Frequently Asked Questions & Contact Form

What are the shipping times and costs?

Shipping times and costs per country / region

The expected delivery date is stated on the product page of each music box.

Note: With engraving + a maximum of 5 days extra delivery time.

Pick up in Utrecht (NL)

During checkout you can also choose to pick up instead of shipping.

Pick up is possible by appointment in the workshop at Europalaan no. 41 in Utrecht.

The Netherlands.

Delivery with The Bicycle Courier , DHL & Save your Parcel

5,00 € (Letterbox package) 4-6 days

7,50 € (Packet service) 4-6 days


16,95 euro. (Courier) 1-2 days> if in stock & without engraving [with engraving = 2 days extra delivery time!]

Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg

9,80 € (Regular Post / Courier)  1-2 Business Days

26,00 € (express service) 1 Business Days

Denmark, France, Austria, United Kingdom

15,50 € (Regular Post / Courier) 2-3 Business Days

30,25 € (Regular Post / Courier) 1 Business Days

Hungary, Portugal, Sweden

16,95 € (Regular Post / Courier)  2-3 Business Days

18,50 € (Regular Post / Courier) 2-3 Business Days

32,50 € (express service) 1 Business Days

Italyë, Poland

18,00 € (Standard / To Access Point) 2-3 working days

30,25 € (express service) 1 Business Days

Europe other countries

18,00 to 29,00 euros (Regular Post / Courier) 2-5 Business Days

35,00 € (express service) 1 Business Days

You can also use the shipping calculator in the shopping basket to calculate the shipping costs.


Worldwide, VAT is shipped free with regular mail or Express service. Note that you may have to pay import duties (Tax).

United States, Canada, Mexico

27,00 € (Regular Mail) 7-25 working days depending on destination

59,00 € (express service) 1-3 working days depending on destination

Asia, Australia, New Zealand

30,00 € (Regular Mail) 7-25 working days depending on destination

65,00 € (express service) 1-3 working days depending on destination

Other countries worldwide

35,00 € (Regular Mail) 7-25 working days depending on destination

75,00 € (express service) 2-4 working days depending on destination


You can also use the shipping calculator in the shopping basket to calculate the shipping costs.

All prices including 21% VAT if applicable.

Can I have my own melody made?

If you have your own composition that you would like to have on mechanics, or a piece of music that does not yet exist on mechanics, then there are the following options:

Large winding mechanism with custom melody

For a large, luxurious mechanism with 30 tones, it is possible to have an arrangement made of a piece of music that you supply yourself. This can be an audio file, (you tube) video or sheet music. Ideally both audio / video + sheet music. The mechanism fits a maximum of 35 seconds. So indicate with your application exactly which piece it is of a maximum of 35 seconds.

Costs: 219 euros (excluding music box). Only possible in combination with a music box for luxury mechanics. If you are interested, please contact Rob or order a music box directly. On the product page you can choose the last option 'Custom Tune' at 'Melody' and fill in the details. In the webshop menu, go to music boxes 'Met Luxemechaniek'. The delivery time for this music box with its own melody is approximately 8 weeks.

On request, your own melody on a 50-tone mechanism is also possible. From 995, - incl. Wooden sound box.


Large manual mechanism to program yourself

Another possibility is a 'make your own melody' set. If you are musically inclined you can make your own melody with the punch pliers and the supplied paper strip. This mechanism has 20 or 30 tones and a very nice warm sound. It is manual, which means that you have to keep running to let it play. On this website, the mechanism is available both separately and with a wooden sound box. Here for sale

Large runs for small mechanics with 18 tones.

The small mechanisms with a self-supplied melody can also be made in large quantities:

From 1000 pieces the price per hand mechanism is approximately 2,50 ex. VAT. plus 250 euro development costs and shipping costs (varies) Delivery time: approximately 8 weeks.

The minimum order is for windable mechanics (18 tones) 250 pieces and the price around 10 euro ex. VAT per item. Delivery time: 8 weeks.

(prices are only for the mechanics, without wooden sound box)

Where else can you buy the music boxes?

You can find all (physical) sales points here.

I'm looking for a melody that does not appear in the webshop

Unfortunately, it is not possible to request a different melody, with a few exceptions.

This is because I only purchase from the supplier a few times a year, and have to purchase at least 50 pieces per melody, which is expensive.

You can submit a request, perhaps there are more people who would like to see the same melody in the collection. Only well-known melodies stand a chance.

What is the difference between manual and wind-up?

The difference is that a manual mechanism you have to turn the lever to make the music sound. This lever is always on the side and is visible. Depending on the melody, it is silver-colored with a red ball or completely gold-colored. A manual mechanism has 18 tones.

A wind-up mechanism plays by itself for a few minutes. You just have to wind it up, the further you wind it the longer it plays. The winding key is at the bottom of the box, out of sight (except for Piccolo, who has it at the top). A wind-up mechanism is available in various versions. The smallest has 18 tones. Larger, more expensive machine heads have 30,36,50 or even 72 tones.

What does showing 18/23/30 mean?

This indicates the number of notes that are on the mechanism.

To be more precise; The mechanism has a comb with teeth that are tuned from high to low. There is also a rotating cylinder with pins, the position of these pins determine the melody, and every time a pin hits a tooth, a tone is heard.

The smallest and most sold mechanisms have 18 tones. (music box Piccolo, Lude, Celesta, Robin, Tamino) There are also larger machine heads with 30 (Tamino, Calandra) and 50 tones (Orpheus, = temporarily unavailable).

You can imagine that the more tones there are, the nicer it will sound, because it is closer to the original. The mechanism also plays longer and contains a larger fragment of the original piece of music. The quality of the materials is better and so is the sound.

Questions about engraving

I do not yet know the text for engraving.

For example, if you want the box to be delivered quickly before a birth, but you do not yet know the name and date of birth, it is best to order the box (with engraving, fill in: 'text will be later') due to delivery time / availability . As soon as you know the text for engraving, email this to me. Then I can usually engrave it within a few days.

Can I have my own logo / image engraved?

Yes, that's possible. Keep in mind that the engraving is black / white. So if a logo / image is graphic then we can usually engrave it. When a good quality file is supplied in pdf, the price is 15, -. If the file still needs editing then 10-20 euro is added. Send the file by e-mail for a quote.

Can I have multiple surfaces engraved?

Yes, that's possible. First choose the area before the first engraving and fill in the desired text. After this an option for a second engraving for another plane appears. If you want a third engraving, please contact us.

Layout of text

By default we use the font 'Gabriola Regular'. Subtle, elegant and with beautiful sleek lines, perfect for engraving. (a different font is possible on request if it is in our 'font' collection)

The layout is provided by us by engraving. How this will look depends on the number of characters and the available surface. It is therefore possible that texts with long sentences are divided over multiple lines. If you would like to have an example of this in advance, let us know.





    Rob de Looff

    Robin Wood Music Boxes

    Europalaan 41
    3526 KN Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Call: + 31 (0) 6 11 30 38 99
    E-mail: [email protected]

    The above address is also a pick-up location for Utrecht. Visit by appointment only.

    The studio is located in the wood workshop of 'De Createur'.

    A conversation with Rob. Stew interviews (Dec. 2015)

    What is your 'Brand' and how did it come about?

    My 'Brand' is Solaris Houtatelier. Solaris means 'As the sun' because wood is for me the Gold of the Sun. The tree always grows to the light of the sun and absorbs its energy. It is, as it were, stored in the wood. Wood does not only provide heat when you throw it into the stove, but it is a property that is embedded in it. That is why it is so popular.

    Last year I discovered the beauty of urban wood, originating from the trees that had to disappear from the city but were not fragmented. Since then I only work with local wood and make music boxes. The nice thing about this is that from every plank I buy from those who saw the wood such as Tafelboom in Utrecht, I know where the tree stood from which it was sawn because the tree did not cover great distances and often did not even leave the city.

    Do you remember when someone bought a music box from you for the first time? How did that feel?

    The first box was believed to be sold via Etsy, an international platform for creative makers. The box was only just on when I got the mail from Etsy 'Congratulations, you have sold your first item' Then of course I was very happy. The Etsy website where you can open a shop is very sophisticated and you reach a large part of the world. I now receive orders almost every week from around the world.

    But what I actually remember much more clearly is the very first box: No. 1. I am now approaching 500! I gave the first box as a present to friends for the birth of their daughter. The music boxes are real gifts and are almost always given as a present, so I think it is appropriate that I also gave the first box as a present.

    What are the fun and less pleasant aspects of running your own business?

    It has two sides:

    I greatly enjoy the freedom of movement that I have as an independent entrepreneur.

    No fixed structure, it is different every day, the hours fly by and the days fill in a natural organic way.

    But it also often means: An empty bank account & fridge! Unrest and uncertainty, precisely because I do not have a steady income: Freedom is paid dearly but more than worth it! Fortunately, things are now going much better since my start in October 2014, thanks to the music boxes!

    What are you most proud of?

    That I took the risk of giving up my steady job and certainty for something that you do not know beforehand if it will succeed. And that despite all the setbacks, empty bank accounts and other infestations that a starter has to endure in the first years, I have kept my good mood and continue whistling! And that works!

    How does your product make the world a little better?

    The music boxes are not that important, not world-reforming or necessary.

    But just very nice and beautiful. I can see that from the people who pass my stall in markets: They stand still for a moment, sigh and smile! Perhaps it is the beauty of simplicity; Natural pure wood in which a small mechanical music piece makes a melody sound. In this current hectic time, in which all kinds of technology occupy and control the consciousness of people, these small, modest objects have their own natural value and give you rest or make you happy. It is also a sustainable product because the raw material, the wood of local trees from the city would otherwise be shredded. Now it is 'given back' to the city in a new form that lasts longer than the woodchips processed into bio fuel, also useful, but you see, you can also make something beautiful out of it!

    If you could work with someone, from the present or the past, who would that be?

    With a genius! Someone who can inspire me by his or her originality, and say, "Look, why do not you do it like that!" And then I say "Wow, what a good idea that I had not come up with that yet!" Collaboration is fun if you inspire each other!

    It could be Leonardo da Vinci, but for example also a child, who often have an uninhibited spontaneous look and a sparkling fantasy without the intellectual inhibitions and reasoning of adults.

    Finally: What is your advice for other young starting entrepreneurs?

    Be original and authentic!

    Don't let money be your motivation, but passion for what you want to create. Don't worry too much about the outcome, just go! and having fun in concretizing and realizing your plans, only then does it become clear step by step where it will go, probably in a direction you did not expect ... And then it is good!

    Stew interview Music Box