How do you fix a slow music box?
Overwound Music Box
- Buy the appropriate lubricant – Get an Alum-a-Lub at the nearest hardware store, or you can purchase it online.
- Lubricate the mechanism – Locate an entry point to access the mechanism.
- Unwinding – Slowly turn the key in a backward direction to unwind the mechanism spring and release the governor.
Can you Overwind a music box?
Introduction. The extensive use of a music box and winding the main spring excessively will lead it to fail. This failure is caused because the music box mechanism gets jammed, and then, you are no longer able to enjoy its beautiful tunes.
How do you lubricate a music box?
Feed the bushings and moving parts a heavy weight clock oil like castor oil. Use a stem grease on the governor worm. WD40 and 3-in-1 oil are contraindicated: stay away from them. The pins on your cylinder will digest the notes more easily if you lubricate them, too.
How do you clean an old music box?
Use a toothbrush (is harsher) or cotton swabs (softer) to get hard-to-reach parts. Vendors I know swear by the use of WD-40 to clean porcelain or stoneware of dirt. Just spritz it on and let sit for some time, wash with warm water afterwards.
Do music boxes need oil?
Never use an oil, as that may clog up the mechanism over time. Alum-a-Lub may be found at your local hardware store, but if not call their phone # 1-800-369-0342 (leave your telephone number, they will call back) and ask for a local distributor/user or send them a check and they will UPS the article to you.
How do you clean music box discs?
You can clean the bottom side of a corroded disc with a wire brush and a solvent such as WD40. If the projections are rusty you should throw away the disc. Broken projections can jam the mechanism and cause broken teeth.
Can you use WD40 on a music box?
Vendors I know swear by the use of WD-40 to clean porcelain or stoneware of dirt. Just spritz it on and let sit for some time, wash with warm water afterwards. My use of WD-40 has had mixed results, sometimes it helped at least somewhat, mostly it helped very little.
What is the inside of a music box called?
The inside of the musical box is called the movement. Normally made of steel and where sound is being produced. Strips of protruding metal on the comb is called the teeth. The revolving part of the movement where the tunes are imprinted on using metal pins.
Should you oil music boxes?
Lubrication. To ‘oil’ music mechanisms I use Alum-a-Lub exclusively, an aerosol that is a lubricant, cleaner and protection all in one. Never use an oil, as that may clog up the mechanism over time.