Special Price for 200 mechanisms!
We can provide custom mechanisms (tunes) for music boxes
The price listed here is a special price for 200 (1.18) pieces of the particular tune you wish to fabricate. (If you need a larger quantity, please email us and we'll email you a quote)
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We can supply both copyrighted songs OR your original songs.
An .mp3 recording and the musical score is needed. We can write it for you if you are unable. There would be an additional charge.
Turn around time is 8 - 12 weeks from time of approval.
Place your order by clicking "add to cart" below.
Deposit of 50% is required at time of order.
The Balance of Total Payment is required in advance of manufacture.
For custom tunes, if you have your own recording, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receipt of deposit, work will begin immediately on your movement, and within 4 weeks we will send you a sample MP3 file or simulation of how your custom movement will sound (the musical arrangement). Upon receipt of Balance due, tooling and machining will begin on your movement right away.
Within 8 - 12 weeks, we will send you the completed custom musical movement order
If you would like to place the movement(s) in a music box, please let us know which box you would like and the quantity. You can select from any of our music boxes that say "1.18" in their title. Pricing of the music box will depend on the quantity ordered.
18 note movement information:
Your own 18 note movement Size: 2" L x 1 3/4" W x 1" H.
Generally it is good practice to have most of the song play only one note at a time, with two at a time interspersed at intervals. You can sometimes play 3 at a time as the last chord of the song. The reason is friction/drag. Each revolution of the cylinder is approximately 14 - 18 seconds. Some movements are adjustable (slower/faster) between these figures. It is good practice to arrange the music for a target 8 bars and 17 seconds (the music repeats after the full revolution).
A blank, un-tuned comb is usually machined to sequentially cover about two octaves in a major key (no sharps or flats). However very few songs can use an un-tuned comb because of duplicates. Duplicate pitches (teeth) are necessary whenever a note plays again in less than about one second (which happens often). Most movement combs have between 4 and 10 duplicated teeth, limiting the overall number of different pitches to about 14 or less. The pitches which are lost are therefore unavailable. Arranging for a music box is quite difficult because of this.
[For larger orders, please email us]
Obtaining Music Rights
If the song you wish to put in your custom music box is your own composition, you need only send us a simple fax or letter with a short statement saying you are the author of the work, that we have your permission, and your signature.
If the song you wish to use was written by someone else, such as a popular tune played on the air, we will need to obtain permission from the publisher to mechanically reproduce it as a music box movement. This permission is called a synchronization (aka merchandising or novelty) rights license. To obtain this license, We will contact the publisher (or author in some cases) to get that signed permission. We make a quick search of the three major performing rights organizations to see which one handles that song, do a song search for the contact info for that artist/publisher on their website, and contact the artist/publisher for permission. Depending on the tune, the publisher and time spent on legal issues, there could be a charge of $35 to $250.
Occasionally there may be an additional licensing fee and we will notify you before we proceed.
If you have the permission, then just fax a signed copy to us.
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