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72 Note Nidec/Sankyo Orpheus Movement

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( 19cm long, 7.5cm wide,  3.5cm high )

Tune Description

Hello again. Yes, it's me Rick Epperly. Permit me to take this opportunity to tell you about a piece that Sankyo has come up with. Nocturne Opus 9 Number 1, in 3 parts, by Chopin. I had no idea that this piece had been produced for a music box, so I was somewhat pleasantly surprised when a friend of mine pointed it out to me and played a recording of it for me. For a while, I wasn't quite sure how I should rate the musical arrangement, because the recording was not as clear on a small speaker that I was using. My thought at this time is this, somewhere between a 5 star and a 4 star. At one time, I use to play this piece myself on the piano and while it's true enough, we do not usually think of Chopin being arranged for a music box, yet, somehow I am beginning to think that in this case, the arrangement works well. The style of music is a little different than most music boxes, but then, perhaps that is the reason that this particular musical arrangement would be interesting to any serious music box collector. This is a 72 note movement. There is a thin melody line accompanied by rolled or broken chords. At first, I couldn't hear much base in the lower section of the comb, but later I heard it on larger speakers. Also, the second part of the arrangement appears to have a few measures of improvisation, that is, a small section which does not belong to the original piece, however, it resolves quite nicely into the third part, bringing the piece to a proper close. As for the music itself, it is a little lighter in texture, but none the less, attractive. Listen to it and consider it well. You might find it to be most useful "Happy Winding" for now.

72 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 72 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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Nocturne op.9 no.1
(3 parts) Hear Full Tune
F.F. Chopin

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US $1070


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