I was a bit stressed out earlier and needed a mini-project, so I picked up an old music box from grandma that hadn’t worked in over a decade.
I ultimately ended up taking the entire thing apart to get it working again properly. Nice to have a bit of a distraction.
Here’s a few photos of the Swiss Thorens No 26 1/2 Emmentalerlied Kuhreigen Vo Luzern uf Weggis zue along with a very up close audio that picks up the depth of the inner mechanics. The tune plays through twice before I let the mechanism stop itself.
Perhaps I’ll revisit the positioning of the pins to improve the sound, but at least it’s working again.
Oblique view of the wooden music box with an inlaid shield on the top
The manufacturer’s label inside the top of the box.
View from above of a wooden music box open and a small screwdriver next to it.
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