Mechanical Music Box Set

Feed special paper strips into this hand-cranked "box" to hear old-fashioned melodies.

$6.50 - 22.00

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.

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

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UncommonGoodsMechanical Music Box Set
 
4.4

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (62)
  • Durable (12)
  • Sleek design (9)
  • Fun (7)
  • Great sound (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (12)
  • Smaller than expected (8)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (13)
  • Gift (7)
  • School (6)
  • As a toy (5)
  • For fun (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (43), Budget shopper (21), Novice (4), High-end shopper (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (70)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (84), No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fun even with limited capabilities

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 ...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Apparently no diagram or instructions

There were apparently no instructions or diagram illustrating or describing how to work this music box with the pre-punched tape. So the whole neat surprise was wasted. I had to verbally describe what the...Read complete review

There were apparently no instructions or diagram illustrating or describing how to work this music box with the pre-punched tape. So the whole neat surprise was wasted. I had to verbally describe what the recipient was supposed to do with it.

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5.0

Cute, fun, and really pleasant music!

By 

from Astoria, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Intonation
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • As a toy
    • Practicing simple composition

    Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

    The whole family had a great time playing with this! Even my young niece and nephew were able to turn the crank with some help. The sound is great. This is a perfect gift for a musician or music-lover who has everything and likes to tinker!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Broke the second day :-/

    By 

    from Colorado

    About Me Child

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • durability

      Best Uses

        Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

        I bought this for my niece who is 9 years old. On the second day the cranks inside broke. I don't believe she was mishandling this or being ruff with it. She was using it as designed.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Cool product idea, but sound quality is not good.

        By 

        from Chaska, MN

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound

          Best Uses

          • As a toy

          Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

          This is a clever product, but the sound quality is so weak, it makes the whole gift a disappointment.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Loved the Eco-friendly packaging.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My music major son loves it

          By 

          from Duanesburg , NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Excellent Craftsmanship
          • Great Intonation
          • Great Sound
          • Highly Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performance

            Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

            My son loves composing music! This music box is so cool!!! I ordered the blank strips along with it, so he's using his own compositions!! He's enjoying it very much!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Making Music

            By 

            from Atlanta, GA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Excellent Craftsmanship
            • Great Intonation
            • Great Sound
            • Highly Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performance

              Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

              My daughter's boyfriend loved creating his music
              I am glad I purchased the extra sheets....

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              An interesting variation

              By 

              from North of NYC

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • As a toy
                • Clever novelty

                Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

                It requires some careful and thoughtful creativity

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent idea! with a tiny glitch

                By 

                from OH

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Great Intonation

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • As a toy

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

                  Great product. Actually, I wrote a piece of music with it, and it sounds pretty good.
                  Not sure if anyone has mentioned the limitation. If the same pitch occurs twice in a row, the second won't be played. This is due to the mechanical design. It does put limitation on the composing part.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Music box gift

                  By 

                  from New York

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • As a toy

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

                    I gave this as a gift so this was their feedback. I did not see it being used.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    It's awesome! Sounds great, easy to learn and so cute!!!

                    By 

                    from Springfield, MO

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

                    I used this to create the functional components of a balsa wood music box. Since it was our first anniversary, the paper music strips were perfect. I used one to punch in our wedding song. She absolutely loved it!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Lots of fun

                    By 

                    from Chapel Hill, NC

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

                    Haven't tried doing our own, but the birthday song sounds great. Really like the tone of the chimes. Looking forward to trying out our own tunes.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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