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The Musical Box: A Guide for Collectors Hardcover – 6 Jan 1999


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any music box collector 29 Dec. 2002
By Eliyahu Shahar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ord-Hume presents an exhaustive work on the subject of music box collecting. This book has almost everything you need to know including identification of tune-sheets, manufacturers, music box styles and types. He includes a guide to values which is probably already out-dated, but it gives a good idea of what different boxes are worth.
If you want to know what a rigid formation box is, it's in there. If you want to know the difference between a mandoline box and a organeoclide, you'll learn it there. It's an excellent reference book, and I even read it as I would a novel, it's that well presented.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only informative, but a great read! 6 Sept. 2006
By Florida Clay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As others have said, this profusely illustrated book tells you everything you might want to know about music boxes. As a beginning collector, I bought it to learn about the subject; steeling myself to deal with one of those dull scholarly tomes. I need not have worried. It is not only a technically rich resource, it is written with light-hearted style and grace and is a pleasure to read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 18 May 2007
By P. Norton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great reference book. Massive number of pictures, specs, histories, drawings and detailed information.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent basic book on musical boxes and history 28 Oct. 2010
By DANIEL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ord-Hume is one of the most renowned authors on this subject, along with Q. David Bowers (Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments). This is 343 pages packed with amazing information for the collector, or someone just starting out that wants to know more, or for a person doing a research report. This book won't become stale, as the last boxes were made around 1910. An excellent appendix section on identification of tune cards (the paper inside the music box that lists the songs it plays. Thirteen chapters covering things like history, how they are made, advice for collectors, conservation and protection, an index of makers, hundreds of illustrations, many in color. There are a few books every true collector should have and this is one of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good purchase for me 14 Oct. 2014
By K. Hatch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a good purchase for me. The book was pricey for a used book but I feel I got my money's worth. The Musical Box has many illustrations (including tune cards) and had lots of good information. I have been trying to identify and date an old family music box... This is the third book I have purchased and has been the most helpful.
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