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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 p.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 6, 2020, 12:46 a.m.

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20 or 30 tones?

Hey everyone, so far I have no music box so far but it seems really interesting and after reading the really helpful guide the other day I wanted to give it a try.
As said before, I don't have a music box that works with paper strips yet and I don't know whether I should get one with 20 or one with 30 notes.
Do you have some recommendations for me, on what I should start out on? Or how I can determine what the right music box for me would be?

And another question, how long does a paper strip have to be depending on the song? How long are the normal ones that are not a role and long would it have to be if you had a song with (for example) a length of about 250?
3 comment posted by Matzeeey on Sept. 15, 2021, 7:16 a.m.


Knowledge of music is 0.
I want to read a MIDI file with (create) and arrange it. It doesn't make a sound like Minesweeper on the score screen, but I'd be happy if it could be marked.
1 comment posted by umayakko on Aug. 29, 2021, 8:21 p.m.

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