Metronome Gallery: M109 - M117

Descriptions:

 Please take the time to read an items description carefully before deciding on a purchase. We will try to list any mechanical faults as well as all cosmetic issues with each individual unit. If you are purchasing a metronome that will be used for an occasional practice aid we strongly suggest choosing a piece that operates as close as possible to 60 beats per minute. This generally means that the metronome will operate relatively accurately on all tempo settings down the scale. Inaccuracies on a units default beats per minute, shown below can be remedied by simply setting the pendulum weight to account for the +/- beat, i.e. if a metronome has a target tempo of 60bpm but operates at 64bpm, setting the pendulum weight to 56bpm ( slower tempo ) should result in 60 beats per minute.
 It is quite common for units with a bell, to have operational issues on one of the four settings, if this is a problem it will be reflected in the metronomes description.
Metronomes sold on this website are NOT intended to be sold as accurate time keeping devices but as attractive collectable shelf or display items.
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Jaccard Bakelite Swiss Boxed Metronome + BELL  ( SOLD - Order Number - M109 )

 In almost factory condition this Bakelite metronome from the Swiss firm of Jaccard dates to around the mid 1940's, possibly a little later. It comes in the original box from the Jaccard company and from where it has spent the majority of the last 70 odd years. The box is marked to the base with the metronome model number ' 109S ' and with a hand written dedication to the front by the original purchaser. The metronome itself is virtually mint, with only a few minor marks / scratches around the upper door catch, the winding key as with all of these metronomes by Jaccard has no audible ratchet sound when winding which is a little disconcerting but totally normal and when wound fully this metronome supplies a total runtime of around 40 minutes at 60 beats per minute.
 The tempo is excellent, crisp and clear and a nice even and well balanced pendulum. The unit comes complete with a bell which works on all four settings however it can be a little temperamental on the 2 swing setting, it  should also be mentioned that due to the design of the bell part of the mechanism's on these Swiss metronomes they can be affected through any kind of rough handling or incorrect setting of the bell adjustment arm on the exterior of the metronome. We noticed that when servicing this particular metronome that simply catching this adjustment arm, when replacing the unit in the cardboard box had thrown the bell operation and needed re-setting. Care will therefore be needed if you plan on storing the metronome in the original box. For normal operation it works well and should not be a problem.
 The mechanisms on these Swiss made metronomes are very accurate and reliable, mainly due to the precision machine cut parts and are typical of the quality you would expect from Swiss manufacture of the period. A good performer, with a serial number stamped onto the mechanism ' 0076,336 ' they do not come much better than than this one, externally the metronome is in excellent condition, complete in the original factory box, a working bell and a reliable performer.


Beats per Min: 60   Operating Time: 40 Minutes
  

 Tempo Boxwood Faux Oak Metronome  ( £79 - Order Number - M110  )

 I have owned a few of these over the years and I am still no closer to being able to positively identify the Country of origin.  I think it was possibly American production aimed at both their own and the UK market. It has great retro appeal, produced in the 50's or 60's ( 66D hand written to base, which could indicate April 1966 ) and although I try to restrict metronomes advertised on this website to pre-1940 these have always proved to be extremely reliable and consistent performers providing an excellent tempo " forgive the pun " and a loud, if somewhat boxy audible tone to the beat.
 This boxy tone is a result of the exterior woodwork choice which I think is a false oak, it is very lightweight and although quite pleasing and convincing on the eye, it is not until you pick the metronome up that you realise that is a boxwood alternative. This metronome is very reliable, useable as a practise aid although it does have one slight issue. On manufacture the firm chose to use a plastic tempo scale, over the years and having been pinned in place, these labels are prone to shrinkage, both ends of this particular units label had curled ( upper end has been re-glued and pinned, lower end still has a slight curl ) this means the original scale speed settings in relation to the pendulum setting have moved slightly resulting in an incorrect tempo. This is easily rectified by setting the pendulum weight to where the original corresponding mark would have been, i.e to achieve a 60 beats per minute, just set the pendulum to roughly 4 bmp slower than the required tempo ( 56bpm ).
 It comes with quaint little Bakelite feet, gold washed fittings and a unit that in general is in excellent condition. It also has the bonus of being a relatively scarce manufacturer ( try to find another? ) the front emblem reading " Tempo, Dallas, England". The mechanism is numbered "395" which kind of backs up my theory that very limited numbers of metronomes by this manufacturer where ever produced.
A nice reliable and unusual metronome with  great retro appeal .


Beats per Min: 60*     Operating Time: 46 Minutes
 

 Paquet Rosewood Stained Victorian Metronome + Bell (  £135 - Order Number - M111 )

  A very early metronome from the French firm of Paquet dating to around 1890. There is a hand written '88' to the lower interior which probably indicates the production year, which also ties in nicely with the stamped serial number to the base and our Paquet dating chart. The base also features a Distributor stamp which we are unable to make out unfortunately, along with a French hand written inscription.
 This metronome came to us from France in a non-working condition, and while this sounds like a negative, it is actually a good thing in terms of a metronomes longevity. It had obviously not been used or had been functional for a very long time which means the main spring had not been subjected to a 130 years of use over the course of it's life. After a complete service, clean and repairs to the pendulum escapement and to the anti-over-wind part of the mechanism, including a bell re-adjustment, this metronome now operates in near factory condition. The bell is fantastic and has a great reverb and tone with the only downside being that it can slightly affect the pendulum tempo on a very slow pendulum setting, the unit operates at 60bpm with the bell in the disabled position and for a total runtime of 50 minutes. The exterior appears to be Rosewood, stained in a very dark red, with minor wear to the stain around the raised edges and some finish loss around the door catch. The fittings have a great dark handling patina consistent with the age of the metronome and are all original to the unit, including the original feet, upper pendulum weight and unmarked early card tempo scale.
The metronome retains nearly all of the clear lacquered finish to the woodwork, which has done a great job of protecting the appearance of this piece, the bell is truly outstanding and matched with a good strong and well balanced loud tempo from the mechanism. Considering that this metronome is Victorian, you rarely find one in excess of 100 years old that operates so well today.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 50 Minutes
 

 Jaccard Bakelite Swiss Made Metronome + BELL  ( £89 - Order Number - M112 )

   This precision made metronome by the Swiss company of Jaccard has a great even and well balanced tempo, manufactured around 1940-50 it has great retro appeal and a quality machine engineered mechanism. These metronomes are very well made, featuring a metallic tempo scale and completely sealed mechanism compartment, there is very little that can affect their performance other than poor user handling or winding faults. There is no winding ratchet or audible clicking when winding these units so care must be taken when winding to ensure that the metronome is not over-wound, it is important to stop winding when resistance is felt or to get into a habit of only turning the key 18/19 half turns from flat. This particular metronome is in very good condition, it comes with a working bell that works on all four settings and although not the loudest bell we have encountered, it is functional.
 The lower mechanism protective door is a heavy duty card factory addition, held in place by four screws, the mechanism has a serial number of " 0068,576 " giving an indication of exactly how many of these quality metronomes actually left the factory.  The exterior Bakelite panels are easily cleaned, needing nothing more than a clean  damp cloth and although resilient to heavy handling, these do not like being dropped!. As with most Swiss manufactured mechanical collectables from the early / mid Twentieth Century, these metronomes are very accurate regarding the tempo with the bell disabled ( can effect the tempo when engaged ) and are engineered to very high standards. Bakelite objects in any form are becoming very collectable and these metronomes from Jaccard are very much under-appreciated, while they may not offer the visual variations of wood styled early metronomes, they do offer reliability and a very clean cut appearance that is easy to maintain. This one runs at 60 beats per minute for around 40 minutes with 18/19 half turns of the winding key from flat.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 40 Minutes

 Paquet Mahogany Metronome ( SOLD - Order Number - M113 )

 Numbered 777,016 dates this particular metronome from Paquet to around c1925. It is a no nonsense consistent performer from a period of production when Paquet was at it's peak and is typical of post 1900's metronomes from the French firm. With standardised machine cut parts to the mechanism and exterior fittings, it is in very good condition. Finished with Mahogany panels, with minimal scratches or dents, it is an attractive metronome with the back panel of the unit being somewhat poorly finished in comparison to the rest of the unit, the seams to the rear are a little unsightly but only on close inspection with a dark mark to the lower edge and a slight wear mark to the finish on the key side panel.
 The front door badge has the majority of the factory gold wash still in place and has been matched with a replacement winding key which fits well both visually and for the mechanism. There is slight damage to the underside, on the left foot but the foot remains tight so we have left this alone. The mechanism and tempo are good, with a nice strong swing to the pendulum, it operates at 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of a strong 54 minutes. The tempo card scale is crisp and clear and with the original pendulum weight still in place. I have picked up on very minor faults with this unit, it really is in better condition than I have made it sound, it performs and displays well, with original parts, with the exception of the winding key and as it came to us from France, has a thorough French pedigree.
 A very good representative example, it needed minimal work from us regarding servicing although it has been thoroughly cleaned and balanced and ready for continued consistent performance for the future.

Beats per Min: 60      Operating Time: 54 Minutes
 

 Thorens Mahogany Metronome  ( £89 - Order Number - M114 )

  Coppered fittings on this treated Mahogany metronome from Thorens. It is not numbered although the Swiss firm did normally serialise their production metronomes, it makes this one a little hard to date but it is certainly pre-1930. The scale is marked with the anchor logo for the firm and their metronomes, although on first appearances look identical to Paquet metronomes, they are slightly larger in dimensions and in a lot cases feature better quality materials. This metronome does have a few flaws that need mentioning, firstly there is what looks like an oil mark or finishing flaw to the front lower right, this appears to be under the top gloss lacquer so in all likelihood was something that developed after release from the factory. It is not too distracting and could be mistaken for graining but needs to be mentioned, secondly the mechanism runs slow ( mainspring wear ), this can be remedied by simply setting the upper pendulum weight one notch below the required tempo. It also has a tendency to ever so slightly  favour the left swing of the pendulum, this is down to wear on the escapement. With that being said and making the unit sound a lot worse than it actually performs, the tempo it maintains is good, supplying a very decent total runtime of 50 minutes. It is in totally original condition, retaining all of the factory parts and feet, winding key and and lower door still in place.
 There are a couple of minor dings to the exterior woodwork, nothing too bad and the metronome looks a lot better in hand than what appears in the images for some reason, possibly due to reflection of the intact lacquered finish.
 A nice honest piece, roughly 100 years old, Swiss manufactured and all original, it has been priced to reflect the slight issues with the mechanism although it performs admirably once you get used to it's idiosyncrasies.


Beats per Min: 56    Operating Time:  50 Minutes

 R.Cocks or Cramer Walnut Victorian Metronome ( SOLD - Order Number - M115 )

 A little difficult to determine the wood type used on this Victorian metronome from either the Robert Cocks or the Cramer company. I am pretty sure it is a Walnut veneer over a Mahogany base wood but the veneer is so thinly applied and in such good condition it is hard to spot the seams. It may be solid mahogany but in either case it displays wonderful grain and is in very good condition. In hand it a slightly lighter shade than is shown in the pictures below, more of a chocolate colour, there is a finger nail type dent to the rear panel and a light scratch to the door panel under the emblem, and also a very light scuff to the front lower panel right side, but nothing that seriously detracts. The boxwood hand impressed tempo scale is flanked by Rosewood panels and the unit is fitted with all original brass gilded parts with the exception of the winding key which in an aged and perfectly matching replacement.
 In certain light and at certain angles, on close inspection, the wear to the original external lacquer is visible, this is quite common and unavoidable on metronomes from this period and that have experienced nearly 150 years of handling. The mechanism is very good both visually and mechanically, factory stamped and numbered 7009 dates this metronome to around 1880, it supplies a well toned 60 beats per minute for around 45 minutes runtime. There are two hand-written signatures on this metronome, one to the interior mechanism housing casing and one to the lower mechanism door panel, neither of which I am able to decipher. Probably the original assemblers mark. This metronome is also fitted with rather unusual over-sized brass ball feet, probably original but hard to tell for sure. The anti-overwind feature that came as standard on these early metronomes and which in many cases is broken or lost, is still intact and functioning on this particular unit, always a bonus. 
 All in all, this is a very nice original Victorian metronome from the later stages of production for the Cocks / Cramer firms, attractive and mechanically sound, they are becoming increasingly difficult to find in this condition.

Beats per Min: 60      Operating Time: 44 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks & Co Victorian Rosewood Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M116 )

 This outstanding and very early Victorian metronome from the Robert Cocks company of London came to us from a lovely lady in Ireland. It has received some very delicate care and attention over the years and is a credit to it's former owner/s. It dates, in our opinion to around 1850, featuring some very unique early traits including the early version of the door emblem, a cast bronze bell and a unique domed or hand fitted peak. It also has one of the earliest mechanisms we have encountered, numbered or hand stamped with the serial number '4946'. We are yet to encounter a metronome / mechanism stamped with a higher number than 8900, so this one comes right in the middle of the production timeframe. Finished with very high quality Rosewood veneer, a box wood hand impressed tempo scale which is flanked by solid Rosewood panels and featuring all of the original  factory fixtures and fittings, it really is a showcase metronome.
 The really amazing part is that the mechanism and bell still perform extremely well considering it is in excess of 160 years old. We did have to spend two days fine tuning and readjusting the very quaint bronzed bell ( the hammer has a unique pin attached to the head, we have never seen this before and is amazing attention to detail ) in order to restore functionality but it now works correctly on all four of the settings. The mechanism has also been fully stripped, cleaned and balanced and although it runs fast at 68bpm ( more on this below ) it provides a decent tempo and a strong runtime of around 45 minutes. The exterior woodwork is obviously showing some age, it has an old and well repaired veneer split caused by the door retaining pins, on the right side lower front panel, interestingly this replacement veneer appears to have been sourced from a different metronome as it is ever so slightly darker, we also believe that the upper pendulum weight may also be a replacement from another early Cocks metronome which would account for the fast operation in comparison with the tempo scale settings. This is easily accounted for by setting the weight at 8-10 bpm slower that your desired tempo.
 There is an age crack to the rear panel, lower right side, about 3" but looks to be stable and old, a couple of edge nicks to the front lower caused by the afore mentioned door pins ( common issue ), this also causes the door to not seat correctly when the upper door catch in engaged, see pic 5. We could endeavour to fix this by removing and repositioning the right door pin but this would ultimately result in possibly more damage to the veneer over the coming years and feel it not worth the risk. It is easier to either live with a slightly crooked door or leave the upper catch unhooked. The are also some very minor surface scratches and nicks.
 The winding key is a modern replacement, aged by us to marry with the rest of the fittings, which still retain an amazing amount of original gilt finish, to include a fully gilded door emblem. The lower mechanism protective door is still in place and also has the original factory gauze and catches  ( only the 2nd metronome we have come across with this still remaining) the door itself also has what appears to be a hand stamped 'VIIX' on the underside although Roman Numerically this makes no sense.
 As you can probably tell from our description, we like this one a lot. It has character and an antiqued appearance commensurate with a period when items where constructed to last and hand assembled and manufactured to a standard unrivalled by any manufacturer since.
 A small word on the tempo setting. When set at 60bpm on the scale, this metronome runs at 68 beats per minute for around 43 minutes. In order to get to run at 60 beats per minute for example, you would need to set the upper weight to a slower setting of 52bpm which will provide a slightly longer runtime of around 46 minutes. We have also replaced a missing anti-overwind feature on this unit with a replacement from another Cocks metronome, it works as it should but for the longevity of this metronomes life we suggest that the new owner tries to get into a habit of only turning the key 6-7 half turns from flat and settle for s slightly shorter total runtime, we think it deserves a little rest from having the mainspring fully compressed and will ensure continued long life and operation. Outstanding metronome!.

Beats per Min: 68*     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 JTL Mahogany Victorian Metronome   ( £115 - Order Number - M117 ) Reworked

 Being tested, coming soon.

Beats per Min: 68*     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 JTL Rosewood Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M118 )

 This has to be one of the finest externally conditioned metronomes we have ever offered. I am not sure where it has been stored during it's life but it has been extremely well looked after and is in virtually factory condition, from the peak right down to the underside. There are no evident scratches, scrapes or damage in any form, the exterior Rosewood panels retain the full high gloss factory finish, with the front door emblem still showing full gold wash. The fittings have a good chocolate handling patina and all parts are original, intact and are completed with the original feet, still showing 100% of the original factory paint and lower protective door still in place.
 Visually, this metronome is unbeatable and a fantastic example of JTL ( Jerome Thibouville Lamy ) production, manufactured in France, it has a hand written '17' to the base which probably indicates a manufacturing year of 1917. It has a fully legible tempo scale clearly marked to the lower third for the JTL company.
 The mechanism is very good supplying 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of 45 minutes, which tends to be the average. The only possible flaw or point worth mentioning is that the tempo or audible tone is a little subdued or on the quiet side in comparison to other metronomes from the period, ideal for anybody looking for a unit to be used to fall asleep too, or for anybody looking for a metronome that is not too over-powering. The bell has a good tone, works on all four settings and although it can affect the audible tone of the pendulum when the bell is engaged, this is a common fault with all metronomes fitted with a bell and becomes more apparent depending on the metronomes age.
 We purchase JTL metronomes at every opportunity, they consistently are of a higher standard externally than Paquet produced metronomes, using the best quality materials available and also with a history of production that spanned 60+ years. This particular metronome is quite outstanding and is a perfect representative example of early 20th Century metronome production, you will be hard pressed to find another anywhere near the condition of this unit.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Paquet Cherry Wood Victorian Rosewood Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M119 )

 An early production metronome from Paquet that dates to around 1885. This unit came to us in a non-working condition and was heavily covered in coal fire or lamp oil residue, including a fully coated mechanism, to the point of ceasing all operation. It has a great antiqued appearance, Golden toned quality Cherry wood panelling and thick handling patina to all exterior fittings and the full brass door hinge and door emblem. The metronome is not without it's faults as you would expect from a unit that is in excess of 130 years old. There is a repair to the lower right panel and a small hairline crack ( braced internally ) that runs from the winding key hole to the base. Both of these faults are old and stable and only visible on close inspection. There are a few minor dings and scratches with some wear visible around the door catch and a couple of old cleaning marks to the woodwork around the door emblem, but again, nothing that is not consistent with age or that detracts to any major degree.
 Fully stripped and cleaned and with hours spent getting the bell operational, the metronome performs well. It runs for 46 minutes at 60 beats per minutes, a strong balanced swing to the pendulum with a nice loud action and a bell that audibly is extremely good, occasionally there is a little residual noise or reverb from the bell but this is not really a fault, more of an idiosyncrasy. Due to the age of the metronome and years of use to the mainspring, it can struggle on the extreme slow pendulum settings to power the bell as well as the pendulum, this is really only evident when the unit has been running for a while and the mainspring is towards the lower end of a wind.
It has had a lower slat and feet replaced to the underside, the protective wooden door is lost to time but does not impact the operation of the metronome in any way, unfortunately this slat would have once held the original serial number for the metronome which would have allowed us to date it more accurately however this metronome really is a one looker with regards to it's Antiquity. An ideal metronome for the person who desires a visually attractive piece,  fitted with quality woodwork and with good functionality, and from a period when items where constructed to a very high standard and built to last.  

Beats per Min: 60*     Operating Time:  46 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks & Co Victorian Rosewood Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M120 )

 Coming Soon.

Beats per Min: 68*     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 







 

Brass Polishing:

We also offer a brass polishing service, where we remove all exterior brass fittings and polish to a high sheen which seems to be popular when matching a metronome to a piano for display purposes. We do not clean the fittings by default unless we feel the unit warrants it and any item shown on the website without cleaned brass-work is sold as viewed. We will however, under instruction polish fittings once a unit has been purchased for a standard charge of £9.95. Occasionally metronomes can be fitted with nickel silver or copper metal-work and in most cases these are best left to develop a deep handling patina. We will advise if we do not think that a unit would benefit from this service.

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