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Kevin McElhone released this information about his new book.

After five and a half years work on top of the fifteen years compiling
tune lists, I am pleased to announce that the book The Disc Musical Box
is now ready.

This 496 page book plus DVD is to celebrate 50 years of The Musical Box
Society of Great Britain M.B.S.G.B. and is a hardback A4 book, size of
12 inches by 8-1/2 inches, printed in _full_ colour throughout on gloss

Book chapter headings are

1. A brief description and an overview of their history
2. Descriptions of the instruments - history and models are described.
3. Table of models - over 1,600 found.
4. Serial numbers - of over 1,500 surviving instruments - can you add more ?
5. Tuning Scales - over 170 of those most commonly found.
6. Identification of discs - over 350 types.
7. Tune lists - four lists in the book, the rest will be on MBSGB web site.
8. Case lid and cabinet pictures - over 400 different.
9. Patents - over 650 listed with web sites for further study.
10. Storage of discs or music sheets.

There are over 1,700 illustrations in the book.

Appendices include:

1. Original Costs and Notes on Currency Conversion
2. Makers of New Discs, Bins, Instruments and Parts
3. Further Reading
4. Mechanical Music Societies
5. Mechanical Music Museums
6. Finding and Buying a Disc Musical Box
7. Sources used during preparation of this book
Index of Illustrations.

The DVD contains five sections:

A. 466 pages of scans of original makers catalogues
B. 211 pages of scanned makers tune lists.
C. 5 tune lists which are searchable in PDF form
D. 1,600 musical box models searchable in PDF form
E. 1,100 illustrations which would not fit in the book.

The cost is £55 to non-members of MBSGB + Shipping -- please send your
address for a quote. However, if you join for £24 a year UK / Europe
or £32 a year rest of world you will get £5 off the price of the book.
See the Society web site if you want to join. The membership fee has
remained unchanged for over 10 years so is quite a bargain.

The price does not include shipping -- please give your address for an
inclusive price quote. PayPal is available if you pay their 5% fees.
Also IBAN bank transfer or UK £ sterling cheque, and other payment
methods available, please ask.

Multiple copies, even two, will see a reduction in shipping costs per
book. Perhaps you could you order an extra one for a friend or
collector nearby and share the postage. Please ask for a special deal
on multiple copies for re-sale by a commercial business or museum.

Nancy Fratti has agreed to sell _signed_ copies so anyone in USA should
contact her directly:

Nancy Fratti

Sales to all other locations should contact me in the UK.

Kevin McElhone, Membership Secretary M.B.S.G.B.

email: kevin_mcelhone [at] btinternet.com

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