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A Gift That Resonates

Whether we're singing out loud, tinkering with instruments, or simply humming along to the tunes of nature, we simply crave melody. That's why musical instruments have been around since people can remember, and mechanical music boxes since we've, well, mastered mechanics. The Mechanical Music Box Set is a unique variation on the old classic. Holes punched into special paper strips are fed into a hand-cranked "box," which produces tones quite unlike those of any other musical instrument. Makes a great gift for budding and professional musicians alike. Comes with three blank paper strips, a hole puncher, an instruction manual, and a pre-punched "Happy Birthday" song strip.

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Item ID
20232
Made from
100% recycled paper label stock, reclaimed steel, polypropylene plastic
Measurements
3" L x 1" W
Notes
Ages 12+

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MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET
 
4.4

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (50)
  • Sleek design (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Creative (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (11)
  • Smaller than expected (7)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (9)
  • Gift (6)
  • School (4)
  • Entertainment (3)
  • For fun (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (34), Budget shopper (17)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (56)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (63), No (10)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (18), Child (7), Self (5), Husband (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (18), Birthday (8), Other (4)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun even with limited capabilities

By 

from San Jose, CA

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Can Program Chords
  • Can Put In Box To Amplify
  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Hole Punch Finicky
  • Limited Note Range
  • Must Stay In Same Key

Best Uses

    Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

    This little music box is great fun. I punched out a song I usually sing in 4-part harmony for one tape, had to rearrange it a bit to fit within range, but it still sounds amazing. Mechanism should be screwed onto a board for better sound. I attached the mechanism to the inside of a wooden box and drilled a hole in the box to allow me to turn the crank. The box creates natural amplification, like a violin. I wish the device could be upgraded in the future to allow for even more versatility. I'd want a greater range of notes, a full chromatic scale to allow for accidentals and key changes, and an attachment to allow for automatic play of the tapes using a little motor. An auxiliary device to punch the tapes automatically at the correct positions would also be nice. Even without all that, it is a terrific little instrument.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No, No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great gift!

    By 

    from Pawtucket, RI

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Interactive
    • Unique

    Cons

    • A Few Sharp Edges

    Best Uses

      Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

      My grandmother used to say that if you wore a new pair of shoes out of the store, with your old pair in the bag you knew the new shoes were really good. The same sort of rule applies to gifts: if the recipient stops opening other gifts in order to play with the one they've just opened then you know it's a winner. This funny little music box was just such a gift. My friend was surprised and delighted by it and if there hadn't been cake still to eat she probably would have stopped the party in order to start making her own song. As it was, everyone enjoyed cranking through the 'happy birthday' that came with it. It has a surprisingly rich tone for such a small device.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      ur own music box

      By 

      from FL

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Unique

      Cons

      • Lil Rough To Turn N Hold
      • Wish Plastic Gears Were M

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use

      Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

      I am making a box so maybe it would be easier to hold then, but even knowing this lesser quality in the gears and holding it, I still would have purchased. My boyfriend loved it since he is a producer, musician and song writer. He always asked where I get my ideas from for such thoughtful gifts. It was perfect for a nice lil present.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Valentine’s Day

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome.

      By 

      from Austin, Tx

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sleek Design
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use

      Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

      I had a friend help me write the music for it, I know nothing about music so it would have been a mess if I did it myself, however it turned out to be a the best Valentiene's day gift I could give. A music box personalized with our song was the sweetest thing.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Valentine’s Day

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      A lot of fun

      By 

      from Bay Area, CA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Being Creative

        Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

        I have a husband who is into everything musical. He has had a lot of fun with this. It took him a bit to get the "flow" down to ensure that the holes were in the proper places, but he has enjoyed it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Husband
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        unusual gift

        By 

        from bc canada

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Unique

        Cons

        • Smaller Than Expected

        Best Uses

          Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

          If you put this small music box on top of a can the volume is much increased

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          for a jellybean lover

          By 

          from bc canada

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sleek Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

              Big hit

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Mechanical Music Box

              By 

              from Garner NC

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

              • Bit Hard To Tun Handle

              Best Uses

                Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

                They had fun using it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes, Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Clever

                By 

                from colorado

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fun

                  Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

                  Got this for my musician. He thought it was clever and fun.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Challenging even for a musician

                  By 

                  from Mississippi

                  About Me Budget Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Perfectly Tuned Notes
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                  • I Wish It Played Louder

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MECHANICAL MUSIC BOX SET:

                    Getting the notes spaced out so that it sounds how you want is difficult but fun to work with

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Wife
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

                    Comment on this review

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