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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, 5:12 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, 12:46 p.m.

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automated 3D printed cardboard

First of all thank you for the great music ressource I could find here.
I bought a 30 note music and wanted to automated the punching process.
I ended coding some script to automatically generate from a midi file a 3D printable set of boards.

Should one of you be interestested, here is a link to thingiverse where I posted the application too (thing:5390853) : [suspicious link]

Here is the video.
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The music is the Handel sarabande "6401_handel-sarabande-in-d-minor" thanks for this too !
0 comment posted by alain_aeropic on May 20, 2022, 3:09 p.m.

Automate Conversion of 30-note DXF files to Cricut Cutting files

This Python program automates the whole process of converting a 30-note DXF file exported from to an SVG file that can be directly uploaded to and cut by Cricut Design Space. Demo is here:

You can view the files and the documentation at

Please note the disclaimers, licensing info etc. there.

Other methods of doing this worked, but without Illustrator, I needed an alternative. My husband wrote this program to help me out. Hopefully his sharing it will be fun for others as well.
4 comment posted by shoshanaz on Dec. 29, 2020, 3:23 p.m.

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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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