Hi MMD and Sankyo manivelle friends, here are some detailed
informations about the new chromatic Sankyo. I got them from Gérard
Dabonot of the famous French trading company "Le Turlutain".
Le Turlutain Musique Mécanique, Editions Musicales
104 Rue d'Alsace
Tél.: ++33 - (0)220.127.116.11.82
Fax: ++33 - (0)18.104.22.168.17
The new chromatic model is produced by Sankyo, too, however not as
a mass-produced product (i.e., made in China like the 20-note diatonic
sister) but assembled by hand as individual items.
The base frame, external size and cranking mechanism of the movement
are identical to the 20-note movement as well as the paper width.
The mechanisms for plucking and damping the blades are the same as
in the 20-note movement.
The nearly completely chromatic 33-note scale (gamma) is
C D D# E F F# G G# A A# B
c c# d d# e f f# g g# a a# b
c' c'# d' d'# e' f' f'# g' g'# a'
The movement is generally mounted in a small wooden resonator box with
a protecting sliding lid. A "rough" movement without a resonator box
is out of stock. The current (Le Turlutain) prices are
20-note "rough" movement: 50 euros
mounted in wooden box: 80 euro
33-note chromatic movement
mounted in a wooden box: 490 (!!) euros,
10 blank paper strips are included.
10 blank paper strips for the 20- or 33-note movement: 7 euros
100 blank paper strips for the 20- or 33-note movement: 55 euros
Up to now pre-punched strips with music tunes are not available.
Relating to the 33-note chromatic movement, Gérard Dabonot wrote
to me (analogously translated): "This movement is made for a very
special clientele, not for the general public. I know that this is
not low-priced, but I can't help it. The price is like the one for
a 33-tone music box from Reuge, Switzerland. I'm aware that it will
be hard to sell at that price. ... I sell only blank strips. I'm not
sure, yet, if I will come out with music strips. Printing or punching
music for the 33-note movement is not economically viable and so it's
not worth doing it, up to now."
My additional opinion is
- A sufficient bundle of fine professionally arranged tunes would be
able to promote the publicity of this special 33-note movement and
its fine music. However, very probably there will remain a blatant
disparity between the melodious sounding high-quality music and the
comparatively high price on the one hand, and on the other hand
the totally unspectacular appearance of the boxed manivelle without
outward difference to the well-known and ca. 85% cheaper 20-note
manivelle. The real worth of this chromatic manivelle will be opened
up by the quality of the played music only, arranged by engaged
professionals, not by music that normal players and seldom arrangers
and -punchers are able to create; sorry!
- It never will be a visually imposing object adapted for being
presented as an exhibit item to worth-conscious collectors. But
I hope it will be a fascinating instrument that surprises those
listeners and music lovers who rather prize the musical possibilities
and results of it than regret its anyhow enduring limitations, as well
as the creative users of the 20-note manivelle did it with great
enthusiasm so far (and will continue, too).
The attached files (a photo of the opened 33-note manivelle with
a hand-punch, and a test sample tune) are transmitted by courtesy of
Gérard Dabonot (Le Turlutain).
Freinsheim (Palatinate), Germany
[ Thanks, Gérard and Hans-Martin, for your nice report. I'll
[ place the photo and sound file at the MMD Sounds site,
[ http://www.mmdigest.com/Gallery/Sounds/index.html -- Robbie