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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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

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UncommonGoodsMechanical Music Box Set
 
4.4

(based on 87 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 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 (13)
  • Sleek design (9)
  • Fun (7)
  • Great sound (6)

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 (5), 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

Om gracious>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I gave this aong with a beautiful

By 

from lynchburg sc

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • and sang the grandson to sleep
  • Durable
  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Great Intonation
  • Great Sound
  • Highly Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jam Sessions
    • Performance

    Comments about UncommonGoods Mechanical Music Box Set:

    soft to the ears

     
    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

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