The knob winds about one turn, then you press the button to start the music. It starts off slowly, then picks up near at the end. It has to be wound almost every time that you run it. As with any music box, if you over wind it, it will break.The metal surfaces are not shiny. They are significantly tarnished with speckled spots and darkish discoloration. The tarnishing is uneven in places, and is less pronounced inside. The cherub on top sits slightly off-center. The bottom surface has some discoloration as well. Additional close-up photos are available on request. I cannot upload them all here. The musical movement does run somewhat slowly, but I think that is to allow you time to remove items from the compartments. The item "Vintage Reuge Lipstick / Cigarette Holder Music Box Carousel with Cherubs" is in sale since Wednesday, August 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\1940-1970". The seller is "sshebalee1982" and is located in Port Orange, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.