Last Updated: 10/8/2008


"The Cylinder Musical Box Handbook," by Graham Webb. Published in 1968 by Faber and Faber, London (First Edition). Hard cover with dust jacket, 176 pages with 45 black-and-white photographs and numerous technical line drawings. The book measures 8-3/4 inches (22.2 cm) high by 5 inches (14 cm) wide.

A Second Edition was published in 1984 by The Vestal Press, Vestal NY, titled "The Musical Box Handbook, 2nd Edition, Volume 1 Cylinder Boxes," which contains changes in text and additional Line Drawings by Adrian Little as well as additional chapters as noted in the Contents, below. The second Edition is soft cover and also measures 8-3/4 inches (22.2 cm) high by 5 inches (14 cm) wide.

Text from the dustjacket of the First Edition is as follows:

"The fascination of musical boxes is such that more and more people have begun collecting these historic, delicate and beautiful instruments. Answering a real need, Graham Webb's book gives advice on how to choose them, and is illustrated with his own photographs of fine specimens. A useful list of manufacturers also helps one's choice.

However, musical boxes often need some attention before their best performance is brought out, and giving them to a professional may mean a long wait. The Cylinder Musical Box Handbook is prepared primarily for the enthusiast who wants to restore to working order the boxes he has had the luck to find. A large number of clear and detailed line drawings and photographs, together with a comprehensive text, gives all the steps in cleaning a movement, restoring a case, making minor adjustments and repairs, repinning a cylinder, replacing broken teeth and tips, and redampering a comb. Cylinder musical boxes that need little attention can be set right if their owner turns to the appropriate section of the appropriate chapter; but if a box needs a thorough overhaul, the whole job can be done at home by following The Cylinder Musical Box Handbook."

CONTENTS of the First Edition:
         List of Illustrations

         The Cylinder Musical Box
         Various Arrangements and Additions
         How to Choose a Musical Box
         Cleaning a Musical Movement
         Restoring a Musical Box Case
         Minor Adjustments and repairs
         Repinning a Musical Box Cylinder
         Replacing Broken Teeth and Tips
         Redampering a Musical Box Comb
         Makers and Agents


CONTENTS of the Second Edition:
         List of Illustrations

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Notes on the Second Edition
  3. Introduction
  4. The Cylinder Musical Box
  5. Development
  6. Various Arrangements and Additions
  7. How to Choose a Musical Box
  8. Cleaning a Musical Movement
  9. Restoring a Musical Box Case
  10. Minor Adjustments and Repairs
  11. Redampering a Musical Box Comb
  12. Replacing Broken Teeth and Tips
  13. Repinning a Musical Box Cylinder
  14. French Polishing
  15. Veneer, Marquetry, and Inlay
  16. Makers and Agents
  17. Index

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