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50 Note Nidec/Sankyo Orpheus Movement

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( 15cm long, 7.5cm wide,  3.5cm high )

Tune Description

The music this movement produces is very delicate, indeed.

"Fur Elise" is a good example, of the difference between an 18-note and a 50-note music box. Since "Fur Elise" is in 2 parts, there will be a contrast between parts one and two.

Part one sounds a little like an 18-note movement in a sense, because the part writing in the arrangement has a very thin texture.

When you get to the second part, however, things change rapidly. Instead of a thin melody line, you hear chords, runs, and a very short section of what we call (in the music world) triplets. Even the wonderful 72-note version doesn't have triplets!

I really like the fact that Part 2 of the movement is from the second theme of "Fur Elise". This musical arrangement provides a great climax just before you get to the end of the piece.

Once again, "Beethoven never sounded so good."

50 Note Movement

This kind of Nidec/Sankyo movement plays two or three tunes (or parts) and is made in Japan. Playing time is usually about 6 minutes. There are fifty notes (or "teeth") on the comb. There is a lot of bass sound in the comb, and the arrangements are usually very spectacular in nature. Our in-house comb machine and Rick's expertise result in Bell-Like Tuning unrivalled in new movements for decades.

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Für Elise
(2 parts) Hear Full Tune
L.V. Beethoven

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US $814


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1. If you buy one of our large music boxes together with one of our movements, we will install the movement free of charge.
2. If you buy just the movement, it ships complete with winding key, mounting screws, operating lever, an attractive tune label, and an accurate drilling template. For box-building details, refer to our Box Design & Installation Considerations.


We also stock 15mm (just over 9/16”) long key extenders (necessary for box bottoms thicker than 3/8 - which we do not recommend). These are only available with the purchase of a movement. Contact us for details.
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