Welcome to the audio page!
Here you will find the audio lists for all boxes in the webshop.
When you have found the ideal melody, click on the shopping cart behind the melody, you will then go to the webshop where the music boxes are shown that are suitable for that specific melody / mechanism.
Most recordings are electronic [Midi]
So don't be misled by this, the music box 'live' obviously sounds different. (videos at the bottom of the page) The small 18-tone machine heads always have a bit of squeaking and crackling in the background, this is normal.
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Have fun listening!
Playlist for music boxes with small mechanism
Choice of manual or wind-up [a big difference!]. Because manually means: Only if you turn the lever yourself, music will sound! Wind-up means: Wind up (of course :)) and the box automatically plays approx. 3-4 minutes. The melody repeats after about 15 seconds. Music boxes in the webshop from 19, - euro [hand] and 26, - euro [winding]
You can use scroll in the playlist!
Playlist for music boxes with Medium mechanism
This mechanism has 23 tones. The melody arrangement is longer and richer in sound than the previous playlist. You will clearly hear the difference. The mechanism plays for about 4-6 minutes. The melody will repeat itself after approximately 20-30 seconds. Music boxes in the webshop from 165, - euro
Playlist for music boxes with large mechanism
This mechanism has 30 tones. The arrangement, sound and playing time surpasses the previous two in all respects. A high-quality mechanism. The mechanism plays for about 6-8 minutes. The melody will repeat itself after approximately 25-35 seconds. Music boxes in the webshop from 220 euros
Do you find it difficult to make a choice?
TOP 10 PLAYLISTS!
for small mechanics (18 tones)
Page with the best-selling and recommended melodies by genre.
Frequently asked questions about mechanics and melodies
Unfortunately it is not possible to request a different melody.
This is because I only purchase from the supplier a few times a year, and have to purchase at least 100 pieces per melody, which is expensive.
You can buy a music box without a mechanism from me and put in the mechanism that you have bought yourself somewhere else through me or yourself. Please note that the model is identical, otherwise it will not fit.
To have a mechanism made with your own melody, see the question '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:
Small winding mechanism with 18 notes
You can have your own melody made based on a music fragment (eg from You Tube movie) for each music box made for small winding mechanism (18 tones). On the product page of the chosen box, choose the option 'melody' > 'Custom Tune', and follow the instructions. Costs: 200 euros (this is on top of the price of the box) Delivery time: 2 months. Choose a box
If you are going to make the arrangement yourself, keep the following in mind:
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 machine heads 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. For wind-up machine heads (18 tones), the minimum order is 250 pieces and the price is approximately 10 euros ex. VAT per piece. Delivery time: 8 weeks. (prices are only for the machine heads, without wooden sound box)
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: 250 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.
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.
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.