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Re: Packing and Shipping Music Boxes
By Philippe Rouillé

May I add something to the discussion about Packing and Shipping Music Boxes, and all the very good pieces of advice given by Nancy Fratti and some other members.

For most of us, we are entering the winter season, with strong differences of temperature and humidity between the inside of our houses or our cars and the outside, or even garages or other places without a heating system. It should be remembered that mechanical music instruments are primarily music instruments, very sensitive to temperature modifications. Such strong differences might influence badly the tuning of organs, but too the structure of the wood or of the metal. When receiving or unwrapping an instrument after transportation, if you feel that its temperature is far different from the temperature of the room where you want it to play, it is strongly advised to wait a few hours till both temperatures are similar.

So do not try to wind up a music box just after transportation: the metal of the spring might not like it at all, and same for the other components (endless screw, or even teeth).

Do not re-tune an organ as soon as it has been transported: give it time to adapt to the new environment.

Remember music instruments have a voice, like human beings, and that that voice might be damaged by too much cold or heat, shocks or uncarelessness. I wish you to listen to very good music from your instruments.

Philippe Rouille (Paris, France).

(Message sent Thu 31 Oct 1996, 19:52:01 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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