100 Note Sankyo
Approximate measurements are as follows:
For more details see 100 Note Measurements
Flight of the Bumblebee
Well, here we are coming up with something brand new.
Introducing, for the first time ever, "Flight of the Bumblebee". You might say to yourself, “On a music Box?”. Yes, you heard me right, on a music box!
I have been working on this arrangement now for 5 years. So far as we know, this tune has never been produced on a music box in all history.
First, lets talk about the music itself. The music is quite spectacular and exciting. It's hard to believe what you are hearing. The average person thinks to himself, "How could you get that many pins on a cylinder?" Note, there are over 1,400 pins! What the average person does not take into consideration is the fact that this is produced on the 100 note movement. As you start listening to the music, you notice how the notes are divided between the 2 combs. If you listen carefully, you can almost see the Bumble Bee in your mind. The music is great.
Now, lets talk about what is so unusual about this 100 note movement. Up to now, all 100 note movements only have one tune in three parts. But this particular movement plays 3 tunes altogether. They are, "Flight of the Bumblebee", "The Fish" (from Carnival Of the Animals) and "March Of the Marionettes". We think this music box will be a hit. Why not try one for yourself. I think that you will find it striking. You won't get stung on this one.
Originally Written: March 29, 2010
100 Note Duet Movement
It's Happened At Last! Sankyo has made a big step up in the music box industry. I am talking about the 100 note movement. Yes, it's finally here! This movement is so rich that it reminds me of the antique music boxes of yesteryear. This movement uses two 50 note combs as well as two 50 note cylinders to play its tunes.
At the present time Sankyo is calling this 100 note movement the "Concerto Series". When we learn of new tunes we will add them as soon as we can to our tune list.
I can tell you this: it looks like Sankyo is going to be building larger movements than we have been seeing before. If this particular series proves to be successful (and I am sure that it will) all of us can expect greater improvements in the music box industry.
For those who want to make their own music boxes, this 100 note will provide the means for the wood worker to construct an antique style music box. What a great time this is. I'm only too glad to be a part of this venture.
Playing time is usually about 6 minutes.
What Does Sublime Harmony Antiphonal Mean?
Have you ever been in a large room with a choir? Two groups of singers are having a conversation. The first group will be in front of the room, and the second group will be in back of the room. Suppose that this group in front says, "How are you?" The group in the back answers them and says, "I am fine." This is what the 100 note movement is doing. I think that you will find this Antiphonal effect most lovely.
On 100 Note Movements during our Bell-Like Tuning, I adjust some pitches to produce Sublime Harmony tuning. Similar to a 12-string guitar, this tuning results in a celestial, richer, fuller, heavenly sound. The music itself is like a sublime harmony box from the past. I like it better than the 144 note movement that Reuge is making today.
Original Date written: 12/13/06