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 at the store in the center of Utrecht (Donkerstraat 21). Or by appointment in the workshop at Europalaan 41



The Netherlands.

Delivery with The Bicycle Courier , DHL & PostNL (gift letter is sent free of charge)

5,50 € (Letterbox package) 4-6 days

8,25 € (Packet service) 4-6 days

RUSH DELIVERY: 

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

30,25 € (express service) 1-2 Business Days


Europe other countries

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

35,00 € (express service) 1-3 Business Days

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


Worldwide

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.

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.

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 stated in the webshop.

Conditions for supplying wood:

- sawn planks (so no tree trunks, wood slices)
- free of cracks and large knots (small knots allowed)
-dry wood with a maximum of 15% moisture (a plank of a freshly sawn tree dries on average 1cm per year. So a plank of 4cm thickness needs 2 years)
-free of metal, screws/nails etc. (if in doubt, check with a metal detector)
-minimum thickness: 3,5 cm for Piccolo and Lude models. 5cm for model Robin and Tamino
-minimum width: 18cm
-minimum length: 54 cm
-minimum purchase: 6 boxes (with less I charge a surcharge per box)
If the wood you have in mind meets the above conditions, please send me an email with your request with the details of your wood and which model of music box you would like. Also send some pictures of the wood so I can judge it. Sometimes there are additional unexpected surprises. Also state which type of wood it is. (I cannot use woods with a lot of resin)
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 has not been answered above, you can use this contact form. Rob still receives many messages every week, it may take a while before you receive an answer. Orders are no longer being accepted for delivery in December! If your question is about an existing order, please respond to the confirmation you received by email.

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    FOLLOW ROBIN WOOD!

    ADDRESS & CONTACT

    Rob de Looff

    Robin Wood Music Boxes

    Workplace:
    Europalaan 41
    3526 KN Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Shop window & Showroom:
    Dark Street 21
    3511 KB Utrecht

    Call: + 31 (0) 6 11 30 38 99
    Email: rob@robinwoodmusicbox.com

    Visit in the workshop is by appointment only. Breathe free with me: I would like to meet you without a mouth mask. The showroom 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 & showroom in the Donkerstraat

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

    More Info

    Open Days in the heart of Utrecht

    Open Days in the heart of Utrecht
    May 3, 2022 Rob

    Enchanting sounds in the heart of Utrecht

    Music box amersfoort

    The Donkerstraat is only a few minutes' walk from Utrecht Central Station, exactly between the Utrecht Conservatory and Museum Speelklok. A very old and musical part of Utrecht near the Dom. At No. 21 I have decorated a fairytale shop window. The space behind it is regularly open for visitors. This is not the workshop, but a showroom!

    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 from the same types of wood that you find in the webshop. You will also find boxes that are not available online.

    Choose your own melody

    Each box already contains a melody. If you prefer a specific box with a different melody, I can usually exchange it for you on the spot. Sometimes it can be very busy, then you will have to wait a while until I can help you.

    Personal engraving

    It is now also possible to have a box engraved on site. If it is very quiet I can do it right away, otherwise it will take about 1 hour. There are countless cozy cafes within walking distance… An engraving costs 12 to 15 euros per surface. Engraving a logo or image takes a few days and costs 20 euros.

    Special music box from the 19th century

    There is also a very special music box that I bought myself at the beginning of this year. 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!

    So welcome to come and see, listen, and of course all boxes are for sale immediately. You can pay in cash or by pin.

    There is coffee, tea and a sitting area. Then you can take your time, because I don't make it easy for you, there is so much choice..

    OPEN

    Friday  15 - 19 hours | Saturday 10 -13 hrs

    Donkerstraat 21, Utrecht.

    You can find these and additional opening hours in the agenda

    5 minutes walk from Utrecht Central Station.

    Are you coming by car? Find a parking garage nearby.

     

    Hope to see you at one of the open days!

    Regards, Rob