Hello! Want to get a DIY, questions...

Hello everyone, I've recently become very interested in these DIY music boxes. There's someone on YouTube Daniel Mytnikov, his music box sounds amazing. It rings like a bell, I've seen other videos and was not really impressed, their music boxes just sound really tinny and weak. So is this a matter of finding the right resonance chamber? Or is it that the mechanism he uses itself is different?

Also, his music box is in tune, which is not the case for many of the Videos for Kikkerland music boxes. Does anyone know how he managed to keep it tune so well?

I think he is using a standard 30 note box from kikkerland or that you can buy, just not sure how it sounds so good.
posted by Kevincubed on May 16, 2018, 3:50 a.m.

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chew on May 16, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

Hi and welcome! Some music boxes do sound better than the others, but it's hard to predict how good they are until you try them. From my experience, attaching the music box to a solid piece of wood and using an average microphone is usually enough to get a decent sound quality.
Daniel's melodies are really awesome, I'd say some of the best I've heard. He has a profile here too https://musicboxmaniacs.com/people/mytnikov/ so you can try to simply ask him what's his secret :)

Kevincubed on May 16, 2018, 2 p.m.

Hi chew, I guess the quality control is not very good or something? I'll try asking him. Thanks.

chew on May 16, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

It's hard to say, maybe. There are multiple music box manufacturers and their music boxes look the same on the pictures. There is no identification of the manufacturer on the music box body. On amazon, ebay and aliexpress there are resellers and it's hard to guess what was the real manufacturer of a particular music box.

Kevincubed on May 16, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

That's good to know. Do you know anything about tuning it? I heard that Martin from Wintergatan, the Marble Machine guy, adds soldering to the music box combs to retune it. And I've also read that you can tune a harmonica by adding or subtracting material from either the bottom or the top of a reed or something?

I'm not a professional musician. So it doesn't need to be perfectly in tune, just something That sounds ok to my ears.

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