Jul 192018

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This is a very rare Bornand Mermod orchestra music box. It has a drum, set of tuned bells

with castanet and an 18 note reed organ.


restored unit with completely rebuilt organ bellows.

Hand engraved tune card made from brass and silver plated

view of the spring barrels and winding mech.

completed unit in its refinished cabinet.

The owner of this music box, purchased it at auction in Paris,

had it shipped home, and then gave it to us for total restoration.

Amazing sound with all instruments synchronized to play together

One cannot measure the satisfaction that comes from doing precise work with

magnificent end results.

Jul 192018

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New cabinet made and designed by a company in Italy especially for the Plerodienique movement.



Cabinet design has brass, pewter, and mother of pearl inlay.




Knee is inlaid with brass, pewter, and mother of pearl.

It took one week per leg to do the work. The curves and angles were very difficult.


oxidized tuning leads, had been improperly soldered and had rusted the underside of the musical comb

combs after rust removal, leads properly installed, comb tuned and new dampers installed

before restoration

before disassembly

before picture of motor

after polishing and plating

before picture of governor

after picture of governor has been re-bushed and plated


first play after set up of combs and cylinders

after complete restoration.

beautiful motion shot of the motor assembly.

This rare music box took several months to complete and many thousands of dollars to complete.

The end result was amazing. Another example of restoration by Porter Music Box Company.

The joy on the customers faces when they heard it for the first time, made all the work very worthwhile

Oct 192016

We are working on updating our new disc machine so we can use a modern laptop computer (we were using a 286 and that is old enough that many young people won’t have a clue of what it is!) Once this is done we will be set for the next 10 to 20 years of disc making.

We are also going to have for the first time ever 5 Regina Automatics in our repair shop!  This is exciting and it has motivated us to finish building 3 new Porter Automatics so if you have been wanting an Automatic but can’t find a Regina that doesn’t need a ton of repairs done to it, we have the answer for that.

If you have any questions please email me and I will do my best to answer them.

Have a great day,

Jim Sault

Oct 142015

Here is wonderful example of the quality music boxes we get to work on.  As you can see we have done a complete restoration of the beautiful instrument.

We had to rebuild the bellows from scratch and for anyone who is thinking about do it themselves it is major undertaking and even though we have done many  thru the years it takes many hours to do a correct job.  It can’t leak any air once your done or it just won’t have the power to play the music.

The governor on this music box (the governor controls the speed/tempo of the motor) was not original when we got it and we had to make many of the parts (done from pictures of it in its original state).  We had to calculate the proper gearing as it was playing way to fast with what it had and this was another one of those items where years of restoration work pays off as you can make an educated guess of what it needed to be.  It takes all lot of power to operate the music box so having the correct speed on the governor was critical.

This was a wonderful music box to listen to when completed.  With most Organ & Bell boxes these two often over powers the musical combs, but not his one the combs embellish the organ & bells perfectly.  I will admit it took many tries to get this done.

The cabinet was also completely restored by our cabinetmaker in Italy.  The craftsmanship of our cabinetmaker is unmatched.  It is a work of art in it self!

bell drum organ music box

bell drum organ music box

bell drum organ music box

bell drum organ music box

bell drum organ music box

bell drum organ music box



Sep 032015

This is a set of combs from one of our repair jobs and it show how the leads (on the bass notes) get oxidize and how they should look.  When the leads get this bad the notes are no longer correct and the tooth will not resonate correctly ether.

We complete clean the old lead by sanding them (by hand) but first we need to record the tuning so we know where the octave breaks are.  We know the tuning is not correct but it does help to know what it was prior to doing all the work to them.  As you can see by the lead dust on the vise these combs were very bad and it is going to take a lot of work to bring them back to life.

You can click on the picture to enlarge it, this will give you much better idea of how bad these combs were.


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Jul 072015
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We are having a sale on some of our over stock disc’s, some for as low as $25 each to get the list please email us and we will send the list to you.

We are also having a spring sale on our disc’s, all disc’s are now $65 each and disc sleeves are only $4.50.  You will need to call to get the sale price.

Jan 272015

Welcome to the summer of 2016!  Time just flies by us and it is hard to keep up with the changing seasons.

We still have some over stock disc so if you haven’t requested a sales sheet send me your email address and I will happily send you one. (some discs discounted to $25!)

Our Reuge repair business is in full swing so if your old Reuge music box is not playing like new give me a call to discuss what we can do you for treasured Reuge music box.  We also have a large selection of new/old stock Reuge 18 note units and these we can sell to you without any cabinet, so if you are making a gift for someone and would like to make it extra special by adding a real Reuge musical unit we can help.

We have a new selection of imported cabinets from our friends in Italy and they should be in stock in May.  So stayed tuned for when they arrive as I’m sure they will sell quickly.

If your antique Regina, Stella, Mira or any style cylinder music is in of cleaning or even total restoration we are your one stop source for all your repair needs.

If you have any questions regarding any make of music box please call me and we can discuss what we can do for you.  Even if you just want to get a feel for its value I’m happy to help.  Oh yes if you are on Ebay and looking to purchase a music box and are not sure about it I can help guide you with your decision making.  (Always nice to know the right questions to ask the seller!)  It is a buyer beware market and if you are really not sure, just give me a call.  A happy music box owner is what we want you to be!

Happy collecting to everyone.

Respectfully yours,

James Sault GM

Porter Music Box Co.

Jul 292014

This music box came from a New England collector and was in good shape.  It is quite rare and it has whistles along with a Triangle and drum to accompany the musical combs.  It was a coin-op and like so many coin-ops it did not have all the parts and so we had to figure out what was missing and manufacture those parts in our tool shop.

We rebuilt the bellows and all the whistles, which is really an undertaking in itself.

Another great job done and a Very Happy Customer!


Jul 292014

Orphenion Restoration 2014,

What a project we under took here!  It came from the Mid West and was in pretty tough shape and the owner really wants it done correctly as it appears someone had done work on it at one time and did not stay with the original.

The first thing we found were some very bad dampers (see pictures) and as nobody has these we had to make our own and with some help from our friends in Texas, we came up with a solution and made a whole new set that was from the same model but a bit different then what was in this unit.  All of which were made here in Vermont.

The musical combs were rusted badly the leads were really oxidized and the combs were worn just as bad, so we had to sand the rust and remove oxidized leads out and hone the tips of each tooth and then restore the tuning from scratch.  When you do this it also changes how the combs are set up on the bedplate so more man hours!

It was a coin-op but did not have all the parts so we had to use pictures from the Bower’s book of Music boxes (our music box bible).  Many of the parts we hand made and we learned more as went on on how this unit worked.

There are a lot parts on this music box as you can see from the pictures and it was certainly an adventure working on this unit and the final out come was terrific.


Apr 262013

So this is how the story goes, I get a call one day from a lady who has a Christmas tree stand that needs repair and wonders if we can help.  I assure her we can as we had just finished one a month or so a go.   She then goes on to say that her father had taken it during World War II when they invaded  Adolf Hitler retreat “The Eagles Nest”.   Well now she had my imagination and I said that on our next trip out to the Mid-West we would stop by and pick it up.

So we meet this lady and she show us this banged upped  Christmas tree stand that she said that was  her fathers that he took from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and she had other items that were most certainly from Hitler’s home (somewhere).  So we can not confirm that this item is from the “Eagles Nest” but it does make a great story.

Her father carried the stand from Germany to America in his back pack and it certain shows as it is all dented up.

Ron started cleaning it before I could get a good picture of just how dirty it was but we were able to get some good shots so you can see all the work we had to do.  The combs had a lot of damage to the leads and they needed a lot of cleaning to bring them back to a reasonable looking shape.  With all this cleaning of the combs and leads we had to restore the tuning and since this is Dwight’s specialty he had no problem with that and they sound beautiful again.

As you can see in the pictures there is only one motor and two separate musical units.  The one motor plays both instruments by moving a pinion gear from one unit to the other, and since it is all mounted on wood it is quite tricky to get them in perfect sync.  Since we have worked on several of these we have some jigs to help us with this process and it is all working perfectly now.  The cup that holds tree is not with the stand and we are not sure if it ever was.

I have spoken with the family and they are all excited to hear there father treasure once again, she was almost in tears over phone and it will be fun to see them again when we delivery it.

It is a wonderful gift that we have to give the world and we are forever grateful to all of customer who entrust us with their family treasures and for inviting us in to there lives, we are very blessed.


Jim Sault

Porter Music Box Co April 26, 2013