Hello can someonw create a music sheet of "mundo" by IV of Spades and Out of my League. Thank u so much
posted by maryrosemendoza on April 21, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Compact & Motorized Factors

Questions on Speed and note timing: I'm installing the music box (connected to a 28ybg-48 stepper motor via ULN3003 Driver and Arduino NANO processor) in a very small box enclosure with no external slot. The paper tape will be a small loop. I'm using direct connection to the crankshaft, the ,max speed is approx 1 rev/2 seconds. So I have a problem with timing, as the tape moves too slow, Because the motorized music box will be installed in a small, sealed enclosure, I want to use a short, looped tape.
I have a 3d printer and successfully created gears, so I could add to the music-box mechanism to change the ratio, but this will affect torque since the stepper unit is already at a 64-1 gear ratio. So instead of adjusting speed & power of the rollers with a modified gear-train, I'm experimenting changing note timing by adjusting space /density of the punches. I punched music so a whole note is a half column on the the paper strip. Problem is, not all the notes are playing. Is this due to cog spacing, and they can not realign to the denser data?
Any Suggestions?
posted by mailcyber1net on April 21, 2018, 6:11 p.m.

Spare parts for music boxes

Hi guys. I have been using my 30 note music box for quite a while and I like it a lot, but recently I've noticed there is a small problem with the cogs. They sometimes struggle to pull think paper sheets and sort of slip. I think they have started to wear. Do you happen to know any place where I can order replacement parts for DIY music boxes? I'm considering to order a cheap music box of the same kind as I have and use it for spare parts.
posted by chew on April 1, 2018, 10:48 p.m.


Im beginner in making diy music box I just want a perfect gift . But I follow the holes of the pdf. I like me better by lauv in my 15note diy music box but not sound the same sound. please help. I try also riverflow its exactlly same I punch but not same sound 😞
posted by Shhs on April 20, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

A beginner’s questions

First time poster, music box on its way, should get it next week.

Two questions:

Printing out some .pdf sheets I notice that the punch marks are normally a blue "x" but very occasionally there are a very small number of red "x"'s. What do the red "x" indicate?

Normal printer paper is classed at 20 lb weight, I'm assuming much too thin to put through a music box. Paper is also available in heavier/thicker weights such as 24 lb, 32 lb, 48 lb, etc, up to 110 lbs.
Would printing the .pdf files directly onto 48 lb paper be thick enough, strong enough, to put through a music box?
What would be the ideal paper weight to use?
What would be the lightest weight paper you could get away using for a sample once-only test?

Thanks for any help others can pass along.
posted by Yarrenbool on April 14, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Suggestions For Create section :))

I know most of us don't create melodies using the provided "create" but import midi file instead. However, it would be great if we have some new functions to encourage people to use it, such as: be able to select a certain range of notes and move them up and down or adjust the spacing (right now we can only adjust the spacing of the whole song, I think), also if range selecting is available, it is better to have a copy and paste function for repeating melody.

P/s: really appreciate that the consecutive notes are highlighted, so it is easier for people to make some adjustment since repeating note within 1/4 won't work in the actualy music box :))
posted by AlkaidxEtaUma on April 5, 2018, 6:02 a.m.

Suggestions for the Explore section

I hope the explore section have the following stuff:
- Popular in day, week, year, and all time.
- Shuffled playlist
- Able to find a page by typing a number
- Showing Clone from xxx for clones
- Adding report as spam for removing people posting 4'33 + 1 note and random banging notes.

The reason is that many great arrangement are uploaded on the website, but for the newer uploads, no one actually take a look of them,
result in a heavily unbalance upvotes ratio that the earlier uploads are getting massive likes while no one care the newer upload even that there are hidden gems and
they are buried by people who spamming random stuff. (Though I know even random notes can be considered as music, but it is not fair for people who giving a lot of effort)
Hence, I really hope that the explore section can having a little changes for letting new good stuff be reached to everyone's ears.
posted by __Logickin_Brainstorm__ on April 5, 2018, 2:42 a.m.

MIDI Music Box

Somebody has made a fully functional MIDI controlled 30 note music box
posted by MousePolly on April 3, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Melody requests on

If you are considering to start earning a bit of money by addressing melody requests, make sure to check the interview with Eugene Kazantsev by Fiverr: As of today Eugene has already made 160+ melodies and the vast majority of his clients are extremely happy with the service he provides.
We would also like to mention our another great contributor DiyMusicBox. Here is his fiverr gig: DiyMusicBox was one of our very first users, who started addressing melody requests back in 2015 and he still keeps it up.
Huge thanks to all melody request contributors and please let us know if you have any questions regarding this topic down below in the comments!
posted by MusicBoxManiacs on March 31, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

Welcome to the forum

As you may have noticed, the functionality in its current state is very basic (as pretty much everything on our website), so you can't post anything other than plain boring text and links. We plan to start gradually improving the forum in near future if it appears to be popular among our users.

By default you will be notified about new posts 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.

You are welcome to ask questions, report bugs or share feedback in the comments. Please be respectful to each other and don't forget to have fun.
posted by MusicBoxManiacs on March 31, 2018, 4:17 p.m.