Reuge 72 Note Interchangeable Cylinder Music Box. 5 Cylinders and 15 Airs. This is a stunning music box that is very hard to find. Any of the interchangeable cylinder music boxes are hard to find and expensive.
I tested this unit with the various cylinders and it played and sounded beautifully. I tried to find the age of this unit, but was unable. I feel that Reuge would have a catalog of all their offerings over the years but I was unable to find one. I'm going to keep working on that project. This box has some pitting on the brass accents and on the cylinders.I also noticed some oxidation on one side of the cylinder ends (4 of the 5 have small amounts of oxidation), as-pictured. It might be possible to clean the oxidation, but I don't know how. The cylinders are a little dusty which makes me think this is an older offering. I didn't want to clean them and risk damaging the pins because they are fragile. I didn't notice any damage to any of the player pins or disks and changing the cylinders is easy.
Overall a beautiful offering that I believe is made of rosewood with an inlaid banding. This is a very heavy offering that I will package appropriately. I have a 144 note music box in my foyer that I occasionally play and it is impressive how loud and clear these units are.They are some of the best in the world at this price point. Let me know if you have any questions. The item "Rare Reuge 72 Note Interchangeable Cylinder Music Box in Rosewood with 15 Airs" is in sale since Tuesday, December 4, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\1940-1970". The seller is "mikesexpress" and is located in New Fairfield, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.