Collecting music boxes is a great past time. Especially since your hobby can produce some of the most delightful music ever heard. Millions of people over the centuries have loved the unique tinkling musical notes that have eminated from plain or elaborate musical boxes. Collecting music boxes is not really that difficult either and we’ll show you how to go about starting your own collection.
The original music box was simply developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century and were called “carillons musique”. The tinkling music is produced by a set of pins placed arranged in a particular pattern on a revolving cylinder or disc. These pins strike the tuned teeth on a steel comb and produce the musical notes. As time went on some musical boxes had interchangeabe cyclinders that could produce different tunes. Many of these musical boxes have been decorated ornately over the years to produce a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Many, many ladies have kept their small jewelry in music boxes over the years.
Collecting music boxes can be very easy. Many stores still carry music boxes and you can simply start off with ones that you love or that play certain melodies that you like. If you want to start collecting vintage or antique music boxes then the best way to start collecting these is with an education. Learn how to identify the various music boxes from different periods, the various manufacturers and their identifying marks. Then you will be able to determine if you have the genuine article or not. There are a number of books and even a number of web sites dedicated to old music boxes and you can use there to build up your knowledge on the items you want to collect. There are even a number of associations or hobby groups that you can join. Some may be expensive as far as the fees are concerned but it can be a pittance if you plan on spending hard earned cash for older vintage or antique music boxes. You want to be sure you can identify the genuine article. Check out The Music Box Society International, one of the larger societies dedicated to this hobby.