A really great "hats off" to Mr. Q. David Bowers and his newest
publication, "Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes". I had no idea that
there could be so much information remaining about a product now more
than one hundred years in the past.
I have just spent the last two days perusing my copy which arrived
earlier in the week. Like Mr. Bowers' book on the violin playing
machines, it would be hard to ask for anything more on the subject
unless by some magical way we could time travel back to 1900 and visit
the factory and watch the process of manufacturing the music boxes
and discs in person.
I don't own a music box of any kind, and although its a little late for
me, Mr. Bowers' book may yet have a powerful influence on my desire to
own one. Fifty years ago $150 was more than I could raise for a 15-1/2
inch Regina. Ten years later the going price was $1500, and today
I have seen them offered for $15,000 -- but more affordable than the
price 50 years ago.
Thank you so much, Mr. Bowers, for a wonderful work!