Replacing Broken Parts: Sourcing Replacement Materials and How to Install Them
If you’ve figured out which part of the music box is broken and needs to be repaired, it’s time to source and install replacement parts. Below, we’ll outline the process for repairing the most common damaged music box parts.
The cylinder of a music box is the most important component of the instrument, as it is responsible for delivering the melody. If this part is damaged, the music box will fail to produce sound
If you need to replace the cylinder, you must first determine the right size and number of teeth needed to fit the cylinder box. The best way to do this is to measure the length and width of the cylinder, then count the number of teeth by hand (or use a ruler to count the teeth per inch). Once you know the size and number of teeth, you should be able to find a suitable replacement online or from a specialist retailer.
The process of installing the cylinder is straightforward. Simply remove the broken or damaged cylinder from the music box, then gently place the new cylinder in its place. Be sure to realign any pins on the cylinder that are misaligned, as this will affect the melody.
The comb is the metal piece in a music box that vibrates to produce sound. Over time, it may become damaged or rusted, which affects the quality of the music.
The first step in replacing the comb is to carefully remove it from the music box, being careful not to damage any pins or other parts. Once you have removed the old comb, you can begin to install the new one.
A common mistake that people make when replacing the comb is not properly aligning the new piece with the old pins. If the pins are not properly aligned, the melody will be off-key, and the instrument will produce discordant sounds.
To properly install the new comb, start by putting the music box on a flat surface, then place the comb on top. Gently lift the pins up and away from the comb, being sure not to bend them. Then, slowly slide the comb back into place, ensuring that the pins fit snugly into each spot on the comb. If done correctly, the new comb should produce a clean and crisp sound.
The spring is a vital component of a music box and is responsible for powering the movement of the cylinder or comb. Through constant use, the spring can weaken or break, which means that it needs to be replaced..
Replacing the spring is a more complex task than replacing the cylinder or comb, but it can still be done with a little care and patience. First, remove the back panel of the music box, using a screwdriver or pliers if necessary. Once the back panel is removed, locate the old spring, and gently remove it from the centerpost.
Next, you will need to measure and cut a new spring to the same size and shape as the old one. The easiest way to do this is by using a caliper or ruler to get an accurate measurement, and then using pliers to curve the wire in the same shape as the original spring. Once you have the new wire, wrap it around the post gently, being careful not to snap it.
After wrapping the new spring in place, test to ensure that it works correctly by gently turning the key in the music box a few times. If done correctly, the new spring should produce a firm and even winding movement when activated.
By following these guidelines, you should be able to repair any broken parts in your music box with relative ease. Remember to take your time, be patient, and always handle the instrument with care to ensure that it stays in good condition for years to come.