It would be nice to have a way to see, on full range mode, which notes would not play on the 30 notes musicbox. Maybe a different color for those notes. With such feature, it would be easier to adjust the notes to fit the musicbox.
While I see suggestions that there are more than one manufacturer for 30-note music boxes, I see no evidence of that. All the photos from different suppliers seem to show exactly the same design – not even small changes that could be expected from a single manufacturer as they make slight changes over the years.
All the verifiable information I have seen seems to speak only of a music box tuned to the key of F, even though the paper strips all seem to be notated in the key of C, with the weird labelling of # notes. (For example, F# is written #F, which is confusing, since one might incorrectly assume that the # actually refers to the note before it.)
All of the comments about music boxes being different seem to be attributable to these two anomallies, and the resulting confusion.
1) Does anyone have any evidence that there are different manufacturers and not just many resellers? 2) Does anyone have any evidence that there are 30-note music boxes that are not in the key of F?
We are using the music boxes in live music performances of original music combining the music box with voice. While it is still possible sometimes to play some melodies in some adjacent keys, the existence of music boxes in other keys would enlarge our repertory possibilities.
I'm just curious, why is there no c#4 on a music box? I was going to make a gift for someone really important to me but I can't because the melody uses notes that the box doesn't have. Any suggestions?
My music box gears squeak and it makes me nuts! Has anyone ever put a drop of sewing machine oil on the plastic gears? Did it work? If the squeaking continues or worsens, I just may have to try it. Thank you.
If there are 60 notes melodies, why there is not a mechanism that actually can play them? there is the technology ... I will love to help in the project, one important thing is to do metal gears instead of plastic ones :)
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In trying to create my music I really have trouble figuring out the timing. I am using my piano sheet music and hymnal. When I create the music here it sounds okay. When published it seems so choppy. What am I doing incorrectly. Music was set to 3/4 timing per measure. I notice that the measures on the creation staff are different colors for 3/4 time there are six positions to place notes. Assuming there are two note positions per note count. Is this an incorrect assumption? Practice, practice, practice. Eventually I'll get it. Have a great day.
Hehey! I'm completely new to this but had ideas for DIY music box projects for ages. I just ordered a hand crank 30 and a motorised 30 to play around with. Are there any differences sound wise between the 20 and 30 versions? If that's the case, I might have to order some 20's too and perhaps tune if needed.