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The must-read user guide for paper strip music boxes

We want to thank Hanneke Debie who wrote this extensive music box guide to include the most commonly asked questions about the paper strip music boxes, which are also known as “hand cranked music boxes” and “paper roll music box”.

In this guide, Hanneke tells us where you can find the paper strip music boxes, the types of them, how you can compose music for them and punch holes correctly, where to find melodies, how to repair the mechanical parts of the music box movement, and other tips and tricks learned from our MBM community. We would like to thank Hanneke Debie and other MBM members who have provided helpful resources to guide the newcomers of our community.

Aug. 10, 2021, 11:12 a.m.

Muro Box has launched an Indiegogo campaign

We are very excited to announce that our closest partner Muro Box has launched an Indiegogo campaign! In case if you missed it, Muro Box is the world’s first app-controlled mechanical music box, that can play unlimited melodies and has a variety of really cool features.

After their first successful crowdfunding campaign in Taiwan they spent almost 2 years in the pilot run production, and now when the final batch of the music boxes has been successfully produced and shipped to their first backers, they are launching a global campaign.

If you would like to learn more about the team behind this truly unique project and their journey, we strongly recommend checking out their story. It was quite a fascinating journey.

May 5, 2020, 6:46 p.m.

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I created the Full length Dance Macabre on Musicbox!

I've been working on this arrangement for a while now, and punching it out (still going on by hand) took me a few days. The paperstrip is almost 10 meters long and takes about 7-8 minutes to play. I wanted to share it here because I can share it though the Musicboxmaniacs editor. The file is too long as this editor only allows for a length of up to 2048 and my song is about twice of that. I also have a small glissando in there somewhere.
However, I can share my pattern here:

And here's the performance of the piece to judge if this is worthy of your time :)
0 comment posted by girlysprite on June 26, 2022, 12:11 a.m.

Fix the Beats: Automatic Music Arrangement


Here is my latest project!

Fix the Beats is an app that automatically arranges the notes in a MIDI file within the range of your instrument. Its default mode is for the 30 note music box in F scale. It even annotates the MIDI file, so that you can review the changes in a score writer software!

Here are some interesting links in text format, as it gave "suspicious link" if I entered them normally:
You can find the app at the following link: triple "w" (dot) speakthebeats (dot) com/FixTheBeats/
Here is an instructions video on YouTube: triple "w" (dot) youtube (dot) com/watch?v=O4FZk1XRNpc

The audio track in the video was created using Fix the Beats. It is based on The Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude 2 by J. S. Bach, arranged for playing on a 30 note music box in F scale.

2 comment posted by lpbeaulieu on June 16, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

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Kikkerland Music Box Kit melodies More

Turn the crank and hear an old tune. The charm of a music box still lingers to this day, and now the mechanism that creates the music is available for you to compose any song you wish. Our Music Box hole punch is a music makers delight. Create your own melody by punching holes in the music paper strips provided. The Happy Birthday melody is included for you to get started. For musicians, crafters and lovers of music this is a must have item. The kit also includes a instruction booklet to help you get started. Order your own DIY Music Box Kit now!

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Do you have Diy Music box?! And you want to play your favorite melodies on your real music box, but can't create paper strip with right notation, because you don't have enough experience? Ask me at:

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