Top 10 audio playlists for small mechanics [18 tones]
Do you find it difficult to choose a tune? I can imagine! These Top 10 lists will help you.
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 the music box 'live' naturally sounds different.
Have fun listening!
Check these top 10 Lullabies
Births are an excellent opportunity to give a music box as a gift. Although you can of course choose any tune as a lullaby, my personal advice is to choose a quiet melody.
This top 10 contains the most chosen tunes, supplemented with melodies recommended by me. Brahms' famous cradle song is often chosen, but there is so much more!
You can scroll in the playlist!
Check these top 10 for Lovers!
The music boxes are made for love, so no wonder lovers love to give them to each other! Where words fail, the music continues, it is the language of the heart!
Even if you are looking for a wedding gift, want to propose an original marriage to your husband or wife, or just want to surprise someone you love, then hopefully you will find a telling melody here!
Check these top 10 for children
In a world surrounded by technology, the pure simplicity and serene sound of a music box can bring you back to yourself. It gives harmony, peace and stimulates the inner imagination.
This is a selection of frequently chosen melodies for children. Recognizable tunes that they can sing along or dance to. These are just a few, because there are also many classic melodies that you can delight children with!
Check these top 10 best sold
If you really do not know what to choose, then you are always good with 1 of these melodies, they are the most loved melodies in the webshop. These 10 are the most chosen lately.
With Debussy's Clair de Lune for a long time at No. 1, followed closely by La vie en rose and Can't Help Falling in Love. New arrival: Swan Lake. Fast climbers are: Love of My Life by Queen and Comtune d'une Autre Ete by Yann Tiersen.
Still finding it difficult to make a choice?
There is also an Audio library in which you can can filter by genre.
Or go back to the Audio page with playlists.
For small [18 tones] and large [30 tones] action
Frequently asked questions about mechanics and melodies
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.
UPDATE 14 OCT 2021: IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO CREATE YOUR OWN MELODY! THE SUPPLIER WILL NO MORE TAKE ORDERS DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF PARTS. POSSIBLE WEATHER FROM SPRING 2022
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)
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.