Enchanting sounds in the heart of Utrecht
The Donkerstraat is just a few minutes' walk from Utrecht CS, exactly between the Utrecht Conservatory and Museum Speelklok. A very old and musical piece of Utrecht near the Dom. At no. 21 I have set up a fairytale shop window. The space behind it is open to visitors every week. This is not the workshop, but the shop at my house!
Extensive choice for direct sales
Because the delivery times in the webshop are currently very long, this is an ideal opportunity to get hold of a music box in the short term. Usually I have around 100 boxes in stock made of wood from all over the country, with many different melodies. The boxes are made exclusively for the physical store and cannot be shipped/ordered online. Many boxes that have already been sold out in the webshop or have never even been placed in the store can be found in the store.
Choose your own melody
There is already a melody in each box. If you prefer a specific box with a different melody, I can usually exchange this for you on the spot. For boxes with small (18-tone) mechanism you can choose from over 60 melodies! (in stock). You can already do them online listen! For boxes with medium and large mechanisms, the local stock is limited (if necessary, I can ensure that a specific melody is ready)
It is now also possible to have a box engraved on site. If it is very quiet I can do it immediately, but often the waiting time is about 1 hour. It can sometimes be busy, so you will have to be patient. There are numerous cozy cafes within walking distance..:) An engraving costs 12 to 15 euros per surface. Engraving a logo or image costs 15 to 20 euros (depending on file)
Special music box from the 19th century
There is also a very special music box that I recently bought myself. It is a Polyphon from Leipzig of over 100 years old. With interchangeable music plates. The music box starts playing when you throw in a Penny!
The particularly pure and crystal clear sound has already made many mouths open in amazement!!!
At the bottom of the page you will find an impression of the store!
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