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Here’s a neat kit/music box guts so you can make your own -

Make your own music box melodies with this mechanical music box set. Comes with hand-cranked music box, one pre-punched music strip that plays the “Happy Birthday” song, 3 unpunched strips (48cm), a hole punch, and instruction manual to have you creating your own music box melody in minutes. 3″ long x 1″ wide.

Mechanical Music Box Set – [via] Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. wayn3 says:

    In a true Maker fashion, someone should make a solar robot that contains the music box and that crawls up and down a long hanging music strip.

    Of course the music would have to be “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

  2. bluea says:

    20 note version

    I haven’t been able to track down the manufacturer though.

  3. ZiggyStardustMD says:

    I saw this on Go over there to see a video of it in action.

  4. puddingpet says:

    i found one that plays 2 and a half octives

  5. michael kambas says:

    man, this is what i’ve always wanted to get my hands on and compose my own music box themes.

    thank you, folks.
    i appreciated Ziggy’s link. it’s alive and well.
    here’s the exact url for this toy:
    as of today, it was priced around $13, and the refill papers at around $5

    happy melodies!

  6. backlinks says:

    I like your style!

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