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Similar melodies, new scales and melody requests

Some of you might have noticed that recently we introduced similar melodies detection. You can browse through similar melodies on the melody page and there is also a small counter in the melody player widget. The algorithm is comparing melody note sequences and does not care about titles, which among other things made this joke less funny.

Many people have complained that the actual scale of 30 note music box is shifted a few notes comparing to the scale on the paper strips provided with it. We've decided to fix this with an extra scale in our editor. It is called Grand Illusions 30 (F scale) or 30F. We've also added a custom 20 note scale for Wintergatan music box.

Please make sure to visit our melody request page. It has undergone significant changes.

July 14, 2018, 2:41 p.m.


We would like to invite you to visit our new forum page! Currently, the functionality is pretty basic, so you can't post anything other than plain boring text and links, but we plan to start gradually improving it in near future if it appears to be popular among our users.

By default you will be notified about posts, that are submitted by people you follow, but you can always opt in for receiving notifications about every new forum post in your notification settings. We would like everybody to consider this, because there will be questions about music boxes and the website in general and many of you already have enough experience to help the others.

Huge thanks to all current and future contributors!

April 4, 2018, 10:14 a.m.

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30 note music box > only one manufacturer? > only the key of F?

While I see suggestions that there are more than one manufacturer for 30-note music boxes, I see no evidence of that. All the photos from different suppliers seem to show exactly the same design – not even small changes that could be expected from a single manufacturer as they make slight changes over the years.

All the verifiable information I have seen seems to speak only of a music box tuned to the key of F, even though the paper strips all seem to be notated in the key of C, with the weird labelling of # notes. (For example, F# is written #F, which is confusing, since one might incorrectly assume that the # actually refers to the note before it.)

All of the comments about music boxes being different seem to be attributable to these two anomallies, and the resulting confusion.

1) Does anyone have any evidence that there are different manufacturers and not just many resellers?
2) Does anyone have any evidence that there are 30-note music boxes that are not in the key of F?

We are using the music boxes in live music performances of original music combining the music box with voice. While it is still possible sometimes to play some melodies in some adjacent keys, the existence of music boxes in other keys would enlarge our repertory possibilities.
4 comment posted by musicboxwoman on Nov. 9, 2018, 4:42 a.m.

Brown eyed Girl... regular, or key of F?

I bought one of these:

And I'm wondering if I should print out the Grand Illusions 30 Note version which is just plain (no text after description) or the one which says "Key of F"?

It's for my wife for Christmas. I'll probably print out from the link above and use that to punch one of the cards that came with it (might come up short, but should be okay)
3 comment posted by Mark_42 on Dec. 13, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

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