Posted January 11, 2014
I have made boxes of all sorts, but had never sprung for the price of a 72 note movement. I used some special figured walnut to make a box (my own design) for my wife and used the Cannon In D, 3 part movement. I followed some of the advice of others I found on the internet for some of the specifics, such as the sound board and other construction. I found that a thinner bottom (1/8" - 3/16") gave a much better resonance than the thicker bottoms I have previously used. Also, I learned that mounting the movement on a 1/8" thick strip of wood running under the front and back of the base, leaving a groove down the middle helped to enrich the sound and volume. Using a glass (instead of plexiglass) cover to protect it from dust also adds to the bass notes. Some of the extra steps such as these, along with this marvelous movement was worth it all. The sound was so pure and exciting it made my eyes water up. The quality of this movement, ease of installation, and sound it puts forth is so far above the 32 and 18 note movements I don't want to go back to using them. I truly believe if you would try these you would feel the same.
My wife has a growing collection...
Posted February 17, 2009
My wife has a growing collection of music boxes two of which are the 72 note movements. I rate the sound excellent. It is designed to firmly mount in a solidly built box. The stouter the box the better the sound. A good example of "you get what you pay fore" it's worth it. This is not a childs toy, this is a serious musical movement.
I bought this movement for a...
Posted August 7, 2008
I bought this movement for a music box I made for my daughter. It was as described except they failed to mention that it only has a bottom wind that requires one to pick up the music box to wind it up. That would not be so bad except the size of this movement requires a much heavier than normal box. It also had two arms that probably can be installed to start the movement playing when the lid is raised. There were no written instructions included on how to attach the arms or even how to start the mechanism when you want to play it. You have to just push things until it starts.