Frequently Asked Questions & Contact Form

Are there music boxes currently in stock?

Open Days in Utrecht:

I am open twice a week at a beautiful location in the heart of Utrecht. There is a wide choice of music boxes available for direct sale. View the agenda for all dates.

Stock in the workshop:

Due to the many orders, there is no stock present in the workshop.

Other sales points

There are a number of sales places in the Netherlands where you can buy the music boxes. They usually have a very limited stock of especially small music boxes. Click here for an overview of these sales spots.

What are the shipping times and costs?

Delivery times and shipping 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.

You can pick up in the shop on Friday and Saturday 14-17 pm in the center of Utrecht (Donkerstraat 21). Or by appointment in the workshop at Europalaan 41

The Netherlands.

Delivery with The Bicycle Courier , DHL or PostNL (gift letter is sent for free)

5,50 € (Letterbox package) 1-2 days (excluding waiting time > see delivery date on product page)

8,25 € (Packet service) 1-2 days (ditto)


16,95 euro. (Courier) 1-2 days> if in stock & without engraving

[Urgent delivery with engraving = 2 days extra delivery time!]

Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg

12,00 € (Regular Post / Courier)  4-6 working days

26,00 € (express service) 1 Business Days

Denmark, France, Austria, United Kingdom

15,50 € (Regular Post / Courier) 4-6 working days

30,25 € (Express Services) 1-2 business days

Hungary, Portugal, Sweden

16,95 € (Regular Post / Courier) 4-6 working days

18,50 € (Regular Post / Courier) 4-6 working days

32,50 € (express service) 1-2 business days

Italyë, Poland

18,00 € (Regular Post / Courier) 4-6 business days

40,00 € (express service) 1-2 business days

Europe other countries

18,00 to 29,00 euros (Regular Post / Courier) 4-6 working days

45,00 € (express service) 1-3 business days

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


Worldwide shipping is VAT free with regular mail or Express service. Please 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.



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.

Can I supply wood myself?

It is possible to supply your own wood to make several music boxes. But it must meet a number of conditions, so that the wood is usable for me. In most cases, the price per box is the same as the prices in the webshop.

Conditions for supplying wood:

– SAW PLANKS (so no logs, wood slices)
– FREE OF cracks and large knots (small knots allowed)
– DRY WOOD with a maximum of 15% moisture **
– FREE OF metal, screws/nails etc. (if in doubt, check with a metal detector)
– MINIMUM THICKNESS: 3,5cm for Piccolo and Lude models. 5cm for model Robin and Tamino
– MINIMUM ORDER: 4 boxes (with less I charge a surcharge per box)
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** A plank of a freshly sawn tree dries on average 1 cm per year, provided it is placed in a well-ventilated and dry place. So a board of 4 cm thickness needs 2 years, sometimes less in hot dry summers, e.g.

Send a message

If the wood you have in mind meets the above conditions, please send me an email with your request with the details of the wood in question and which model of music box you would like. Please also send some pictures of the wood so that I can assess whether it will indeed work, to avoid disappointment later on. Because sometimes there are extra unexpected surprises with the wood. Also state which type of wood it is. (woods with a lot of resin such as Larch and Douglas I cannot use)
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.

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'

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.


If your question is not answered above, you can use this contact form. Rob still receives many messages every week, it can sometimes take a while before you receive an answer.


Workshop and shop are closed from May 3 to 16. The store is still open on April 26 and on King's Day, April 27. Also extra open on Thursday, May 2. You will find times and dates here

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    Rob de Looff

    Robin Wood Music Boxes

    Europalaan 41
    3526 KN Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Shop window & Shop:
    Dark Street 21
    3511 KB Utrecht

    Call: + 31 (0) 6 11 30 38 99

    Visit in the workshop is by appointment only. The shop is open twice a week. More info below.

    Greetings from the music boxes

    maternity room!

    Workshop De Createur Europalaan

    The workshop on the Europalaan. On the left is Rob's studio.

    Shop window & shop in the Donkerstraat

    Shop window & shop in the Donkerstraat. See agenda for opening hours

    More Info

    Shop window & shop of Robin Wood in the Donkerstraat

    Music boxes for The Palace

    Music boxes for The Palace
    2 August 2021 Rob

    The King and Queen of the Forest

    On one of my trips in search of wood with a story I ended up at the Haagse Stadszagerij, an initiative of 3 furniture makers from The Hague (unfortunately the initiative has now been discontinued). In a yard just outside the city they sawn trees from The Hague that had fallen in the city due to storm, illness or work, into planks and dried.

    There I found wooden planks of a Beech from Wassenaar from Landgoed De Horsten and Eik from Het Haagse Bos a few years ago.. Coincidentally two places where the Royal Family has lived and still lives. Coincidentally, the Oak is also called 'The King of the forest', and the Beech 'The Queen of the forest'. That's how the idea came to me to give them a music box in which the wood of both trees is processed.

    To the Palace Garden and the Marechaussee

    Recently the time had come and I went to the palace, with a sealed box, in which 4 music boxes, because a colleague in the workshop pointed out to me that the princesses grow up, leave the nest and fly out, and then it is nice if they have their own box. Good idea!

    Of course a handwritten letter in the package in chivalrous style as befits Robin Wood, 'which they need not fear as long as the King and his family are kind to the land and share wealth and prosperity with the people they serve... "

    I understood that it is better to go to Noordeinde Palace in the middle of The Hague if you have a letter or package for the King. No entrance or any sign of life to be seen at the front of the palace, so just look for another entrance, on the side I was shown the way by two military police men to the palace garden at the back where there is an entrance.

    Truly a palace garden that appeals to the imagination. To the left are the stables and country estates for the horses, beautiful old trees, and along the palace blooming lavender and rose bushes.

    And so I ended up in the office of the Marechaussee who listened with interest to my story and looked surprised when I told them that the music boxes are made of two trees from the king's own garden!  "We've never experienced anything like this!" ('usually people come during birthdays with chocolate and flowers')

    They would immediately take it to the doorman who can scan it for dangerous content (after all, you never know with Robin, whose relationship with the king is a bit delicate…) But then hopefully it will get to them soon. (This was on July 15, 2021. I added the letter I received back a few weeks later)


    Wood Sage Toys

    wood toyThen to 'Houtsage Toys', a wooden toy shop in the Molenstraat that literally borders the palace garden and wherever the music boxes are sold. Caspar pointed out a stone gate next to the shop with an alley between the houses that leads directly to the palace garden.

    Every now and then he sees Rutte walking past who then takes this back entrance to the palace and once the king suddenly walked past, just to Het Torentje or to get an ice cream. Both walked past with no visible security or fuss, small country charm.

    The scene of life

    Life is like a play in which everyone plays their part, and often multiple roles, one of my roles is Robin Wood, and in that capacity I wrote the Royal family a letter, but outside of all roles we are essentially each other's equal and 1 family as humanity.

    However, there seems to be an influence on humanity who, now more than ever, tries to play us off against each other, so that we come to experience each other as hostile and isolate ourselves as individuals and groups from other groups or individuals and then start fighting them. However, you then fight against phantoms because if you look deeper you recognize a brother or sister in every person regardless of race, religion etc, and you see the childlike simplicity and purity, even though this is often buried under everything that is opposite.

    Pure simplicity of music boxes

    And here we come to the magic of music boxes, they remind us of that pure simplicity that we really are. That discrepancy between our being and the personality can even be found in the word 'person' which comes from 'persona' = per sona = per sonar = sound through!

    This has its origin in the Greek & Renaissance era, in which actors often played several roles on stage during 1 performance and they used different masks to support this visually, such as the costumes on stage today. But through the mask there was always the same voice of the actor, who only changed roles every time.

    In this way you can also look at human life on the world stage, which often plays many characters but is essentially not. But what is man in essence? Aaah, here we come to the great life question that has occupied humanity for infinitely long, perhaps the current crisis (= a turning point) will bring us back to the simplicity of Being what we essentially are, with or without a mask! Because in itself there is nothing wrong with a mask. Just look at the music box, the box is the shape, the sound box, through which the melody sounds.

    Give yourself a Royal music box as a gift

    These music boxes are part of a series. They are also for sale in the webshop. Buy a Royal music box and give it to your Prince or Princess, King or Queen!  view the boxes here  [SOLD OUT NOW.  IN AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 I WILL MAKE I LAST SERIES OF THE SMALL OR THE LARGE BOXES >>> POSTPONED TILL FEBRUARY 2022]

    From about August 15 also for sale in The Hague at Houtsage Toys in the Molenstraat and at Lelijveld & Van Gaalen on the Denneweg. See Points of Sale For more information.

    Huis Ten Bosch Palace, located in the Haagse Bos, where coincidentally also a children's play forest is called Robin Hood!!

    Above Huis Ten Bosch Palace, located in the Haagse Bos in The Hague

    A few weeks later I received a dignified letter of thanks for the music boxes from the palace: