There are two manufacturers of musical movements for cylinder music
boxes in business today. There used to be dozens of them, mostly
located in Switzerland around Geneva and Ste.-Croix, but they are long
gone except for Reuge.
Competing with Reuge is Sankyo Shoji in Japan.
Reuge has a web site, but when I try to use it, to me it never seems
very practical or well-organized. Sankyo used to have a very nice
English-language web site, listing hundreds of tunes available on the
various sizes of movements it makes. But that web site was taken down,
because of some legal copyright issues, I believe.
Reuge does not stock nearly the number of tunes that Sankyo does. Both
sell movements ranging in size from the small 18-note novelty movement
upwards. You can find Reuge's contact information on its homepage,
As I said, I don't think much of their web site. It is heavy on the
glitz, which tends to obscure the hard information. It has been
redesigned since I last saw it, and there are links for ordering direct
and for seeing their tune lists. But neither of those links worked for
me, just now when I tried them. So much for glitz.
Finding out what is available from Sankyo (which is the way I would go,
if I were looking for particular tunes at a reasonable price) can be
done by contacting a local music box service person like these in USA --
Don Caine, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Tony Ciuffini, also in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Nancy Fratti, Canastota, New York
or by direct contact to Sankyo in Japan --
Shuichi Tezuka, Overseas Sales Manager,
Sankyo Shoji Co., Ltd.,
2-3-1 Bakurocho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-Ku,
Tokyo 103-0002, Japan
[As usual, delete ".geentroep" appended to the email address.]
Irondequoit, New York
[ National Artcraft Co. also sells musical box movements
[ that play contemporary (copyrighted) music under license;
[ see http://www.nationalartcraft.com/group3.htm -- Robbie