How much do you know about musical box? I vaguely remember the shape and the song of my first musical box – I’m intrigued to know how it works now (yes, I should have the knowledge at this age) and where it comes from. Let’s mosey along to some history behind the musical box before we go to the real story.
In 19th century, a musical box is an automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to pluck the tuned teeth of a steel comb. At the beginning of the 20th, most musical boxes were gradually replaced by player piano, which were louder and more versatile and melodious, when kept tuned, and by the smaller gramophones which had the advantage of playing back voices. (mmm, hope this doesn’t bore you folks). Move on to our Timeless Pieces story this week, her musical box greets you as you read through it.
“I thought my wedding shoes would be my best timeless piece story until I found this small enchanting mechanical item. It reminds me of my family vacation trip to New Zealand around 5 years ago. I bought this musical instrument in a small town in the north island which I have forgotten the name. During my childhood, I’d always dream to have a music box which a ballerina swirling every time I open the box. I know, most of the young girls have the same dream maybe. But this piece is really special to me. It does not come with the beautiful wooden box, even not with the ballerina. It is on its own, the heart of the musical box! It is like a mini piano to me.
Common musical box equipped with a spring that function as a stopper for the gear to spin every time we close the box. This timeless piece of mine has no spring at all. It is solely meant for winding the gear by yourself, following your own speed, your own mood. I tend to wind it up faster when I am in happy mood, and slower if I am sad. The melody seems to fit in the mood perfectly, the Memory melody.”
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