Does anyone know a way to loop the tape on a hand crank music box? I have a 30-note box and attempted to tape the 2 ends of the music tape together with clear vinyl tape (I wanted something sturdy since the music tape is so stiff), but I think the added thickness just broke the gears when the looped/taped part fed through the mechanism. Is looping simply impossible with plastic gears? Does it work with another kind of mechanism? Is there a kind of tape that will work better?
Several of these forum posts discuss how copper gears are noisy, or plastic gears break. Unfortunately, both are true, and there are no silver bullet solutions to either.
This was the compromise I came up with. I buy 30-note music box innards with the plastic gears. Then I buy copper gear replacements ( https://www.amazon.com/Wingostore-Notes-Movement-Copper-Replacement/dp/B07DG83FYS/ ). The Amazon images even show you helpful diagrams of how to take the machine apart and replace the gears. However, I only replace one gear, the one in the middle (with needle-nose pliers). That specific gear is the one that tends to break... especially if there are multiple paper strips taped together in sequence (which I do all the time). Here is what the machine looks like now: https://imgur.com/a/kuBqOE7
So now if a strip is bumpy, the plastic gear will not break. And because only one of the gears is copper, it won't be as noisy as if all gears were copper. It's a compromise, but it works for me.
Hi! I recently purchased my very own 30 notes Wingostore Music Box. I already punched my first full-length song, "Koyaanisqatsi" by Philip Glass and I am very happy with the result. However, I feel like the box itself makes a lot of noise while being cranked. Is this much noise normal? If not, is there a way to fix it?
I would really appreciate your help, I am glad that a community like this exists.
Link to a video where you can here my music box: (youtube.com) /watch?v=iIXzofgvmGc&feature=youtu.be