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Make Your Own Music Box Paper Tunes - Mechanism and Paper


Imported from the United Kingdom, This hand cranked precision musical movement has a 30 note chromatic scale.

It plays by punched paper strips that you make yourself. Very easy to use it comes with 1 pre-punched tune (Happy Birthday), 2 blank strips for making your own music paper strips, a punch tool (sorry, not shown in all of the images) and instructions. More blank paper strips are available. See previous page. Can be used by resting on a hard flat surface to amplify or easily fitted into your own made box. A great gift idea to keep the music box collector busy!

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How it works:
The movement works via a small wheel for each note, known as a star wheel, which enters the hole in the paper, rotating it as the paper passes through, which then plucks the movement comb (the part that makes the sound). Recently introduced, this new improved 30 note version has a semi chromatic scale with the following notes : C, D, G, A, B, C1, D1, E1, F1, F#1, G1, G#1, A1, A#1, B1, C2, C#2, D2, D#2, E2, F2, F#2, G2, G#2, A2, A#2, B2, C3, D3, E3. The numbers indicate the octave - For example C2 is one octave higher than C1. Each paper strip lasts about 30 seconds, but depends on how fast you crank the handle. Paper can be joined together with thin tape to make longer tunes. It's best to join using a 45 degree cut on the paper, so the joint gradually goes through the rollers rather than all at once. Never overlap the joints, the thickness must stay as per a single strip, so only butt together and use thin tape.

The movement doesn't have to be fitted in a box to work, but you will need to hold it on a hard flat surface while you turn the handle to amplify the sound. It can be easily fitted into a box and the handle is removable if you need to fit in an enclosed box with the handle sticking through a hole on the outside. Approx Size : 13 x 7 x 2.9cm (5 1/8" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/8") excluding handle