Metronome Gallery : M101 - M108

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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 For Items M109 - M117, click here.

 Paquet Walnut Metronome + Bell ( Sold - Order Number - M101 )

 A stunning French metronome in Walnut with fabulous grain, highly polished and waxed. A great early example of quality manufacture throughout, hinged door, heavy brass mechanism with bell, quality brass fittings and professionally finished woodwork. Unusually this metronome is not maker marked on the scale although in all likelihood it was manufactured by the Maelzel or Paquet works in France. In working order with a good tone and reliable beat, there is not a lot to mention regarding faults.
  The original instruction label is still in place on the interior of the hinged door, the movement weight moves freely and grips as it should, there are no dents or scrapes worth mentioning. Walnut in my opinion is easily the best wood to find utilised in Metronome production, it is hard wearing, durable and extremely pleasing on the eye. This metronome is probably Victorian, the quality early mechanism and solid brass fittings would suggest a date of around 1880.
 
Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 47 Minutes

 Cramer or R.Cocks Walnut Metronome ( Sold - Order Number - M102 )

When I manage to source metronomes as nice as this one, they warrant an extra row of pictures. A truly stunning Victorian metronome by either Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co of London. Finished in solid walnut, the wood was simply so good that the firm chose to leave it in it's natural state with no additional lacquers or wax finish, just glorious natural walnut. The actual dimensions width wise on this unit is very large compared to the usual Paquet or post 1900 metronomes, measuring a good 3/4" larger on the base and is a truly substantial unit. Everything about this metronome screams quality, the scale is finished in boxwood and has hand impressed lettering and numbers, the brass pendulum weight has been finely milled in solid brass, the inclusion of a large door catch only seen on early metronomes along with solid metallic brass coated bun feet.
 The size of this metronome is reflected when you compare the cavity and the very clean mechanism to a Paquet example, which is dwarfed or somewhat lost in the huge base of this unit. They were cut a standard size to accommodate both mechanisms with or without a bell, but although this unit is without a bell, the firm still went the extra mile when adding the finishing touches. Unusually the company did not add their name to either the door emblem or the boxwood scale and the fact that both Cocks and Cramer used virtually parts it is very difficult today to attribute a maker unfortunately. On close inspection and on first impressions it does appear that this metronome has a small crack on the lower front face, this is not the case but part of the grain of the walnut. There a couple of minor corner dings and a small crack on the winding key back edge, but very minor and completely stable.
 The Rolls Royce of metronome production, dating to around 1880-90, you can read more on the makers on the manufacturers page. Great metronome with a surprisingly  accurate 60bpm and a total runtime of 40 minutes.

Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time: 40 Minutes

 Cramer Wood and Company Rosewood Metronome ( SOLD - Order Number - M103 )

 A simply stunning Victorian Rosewood metronome from Cramer and Wood who were a London based musical accessory and sheet music company established in 1824. This piece would have been manufactured between 1864 and 1900 and features full heavy duty brass milled fittings, a box wood hand impressed tempo scale and quality solid Rosewood veneered woodwork and pendulum backing panels. The mechanism bears a hand impressed production number "5025". The condition on this metronome is exceptional considering the units age and has obviously been well cared for over the years, the interior mechanism is flawless and required very little cleaning and maintenance due to the hand fitted snug base door panel which has done it's job in sealing the compartment from dirt and dust.
 The unit does not have a bell but still retains the original winding key and front panel hole for key storage, the brass emblem and other exterior brass work have developed a wonderful antiqued handling patina with much of the original gold gilt finish being absorbed over the years by the base metal and general handling wear, the fittings compliment the open grain Rosewood exterior perfectly. The unit does run a little fast and as such should not be considered as a working accessory but on the plus side, this is an indication of a strong spring with the unit still running for 43 minutes at 60bpm from a full wind. All original parts and fittings, very attractive and finished with the highest quality materials, I was tempted to keep this one myself!.

Beats per Min:  68   Operating Time: 43 Minutes

 Cramer & Co or R.Cocks Victorian Rosewood Metronome + BELL ( SOLD - Order Number - M104 )

  You could quite easily search for the next 20 years and still not find a Victorian metronome in the condition that this particular unit displays. It is a testament to the previous owners and is simply stunning. With the exception of an age crack to the left exterior Rosewood panel the metronome is virtually as it left the factory, the mechanism, completely sealed and protected from the elements by the lower door is still factory bright and required very little maintenance.
 Manufactured by either Robert Cocks or the Cramer and Co firms based in London, it would date to the late Victorian period and has been stuck in a time warp ever since. Starting with the exterior, there are virtually no faults to list, maybe a slight scratch to the rear panel ( hardly worth a mention ) and the previous mentioned age crack to the left panel which is stable and held internally by construction struts. The fittings are original and still retain much of the gilt finish and an equal amount of attractive handling patina. The tempo scale, finished in top quality boxwood is unmarked, with the upper pendulum weight still fully glided and displaying the usual hand chaste and detailed milling evident on all of the London based metronome pendulum weights. The lower door panel originally would have held a gauze type material covering the cut out, this is rarely still in place on any Victorian metronome today as it was only held by glue and often fell off, on this unit it was replaced quickly by the original owner with a post card cut out which has done a very good job of protecting the mechanism.
 Operationally it is flawless, an accurate 60 beats per minute and a fully functional bell. It provides a reliable runtime of 45 minutes which tends to be the normal range for these early pieces. The metronome also has a hand written 10/89 internally which would be the production month / year. So not only do you get a truly outstanding metronome, finished to the highest quality, in exceptional condition, you also get a precise date to the units manufacture. October 1889.
 I can more less guarantee that you will not find a better conditioned unit that is 127 years old.

Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time: 45 Minutes 

 Wittner Laminate Metronome  ( £59.95 - Order Number - M105 )

  We often get asked for metronomes with minimal timing issues and a consistent tempo that can be used in a semi-professional practise environment. For that reason we will be listing a few later production metronomes from the German firm of Wittner. These metronomes manufactured between 1960-1985 in West Germany offer 40-50 years of collectability and yet still retain good operation and relatively accurate timing of the mechanism and tempo. Mainly constructed of plastic and a faux wood laminate exterior, they are resilient to exterior wear and damage and feature parts that are modern enough to still be able to source replacements if lost or broken. Wittner has been producing metronomes for nearly 150 years so have managed to perfect a good mix of decent operation and looks, albeit without the use of early quality materials.
 This metronome is typical of this style of metronome, it provides a decent 60 beats per minute for a strong total runtime of 60+ minutes, the plastic lower door is a tight push fit and probably never removed, we have found removing this pressed door can cause issues with the laminate seams and corners to the base of the metronome, due to this, we do not service the mechanisms on these later production metronomes. The sealed mechanisms in most cases remain in very good condition and require no cleaning. The winding key has no ratchet sound or audible click so can be a little disconcerting when winding the metronome, care is therefore needed to stop winding when resistance is felt to prevent over-winding. In good condition, with all original parts, including the front plastic door which is often lost or broken, this metronome offers a mix of mid Century metronome production age, coupled with a more modern level of reliability.


Beats per Min: 60   Operating Time: 60+ Minutes

 Seth Thomas Stenotype Specialised Black Walnut Veneered Metronome  ( £95 - Order Number - M106 )

 This is a unique and rare metronome for use in the Stenotype industry as an aid for shorthand typing. It was made by Seth Thomas for the Le Salle Extension University in Chicago and dates to around 1920. The metronome itself is numbered " 5504 " which gives an indication that limited numbers of these where produced and although they are specialized including a custom tempo scale, the operation and timing is identical to a standard metronome. We think that the woodwork is American Black Walnut and it has the appearance and feel of being veneered although this is very hard to ascertain, there are numerous minor dents and dings evident but nothing major and these marks only really become apparent on close inspection. The wood grain is very attractive and still has a gloss lacquered upper finish in place. The fittings are gold washed, all original and the unit still has the factory feet, base door and upper pendulum weight remaining. The lower base door is not a very good fit and does rattle a little when the metronome is being moved but really a minor finishing fault and does not affect the operation in any way.
The tempo is very good and consistent, supplied by a very clean and strong mechanism, a custom mark to the tempo scale between the 75 & 50 markings indicates the upper weight placement to achieve 60 beats per minute. The total runtime at 60 bpm is a very good 50 minutes, suggesting a strong mainspring and minimal use over the past 100 years. This a very unique metronome, I have copied the Wiki explanation for Stenotype which is shown below but there is no reason that this piece could not be used just as effectively in a musical environment. If accuracy and tempo timings are important, it would not take much work to cut a custom scale, and mark a scale with the standard metronome timing positions and stick it in place with blu-tack over the original. Attractive, unique and rare from one of the largest metronome producers in the World.

Stenotype:
                       
A stenotype, stenotype machine, shorthand machine or steno writer is a specialized chorded keyboard or typewriter used by stenographers for shorthand use. In order to pass the United States Registered Professional Reporter test, a trained court reporter or closed captioner must write speeds of approximately 180, 200, and 225 words per minute (wpm) at very high accuracy in the categories of literary, jury charge, and testimony, respectively.[1] Some stenographers can reach 300 words per minute
 
Beats per Min: 60  Operating Time: 55 Minutes *

Paquet Stained Teak Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M107 )

 This one looks like the base wood is Teak with a rich red stain applied. Manufactured by the Paquet company around 1920 it has had a lot of work to restore functionality. The mainspring unit has been swapped out due to limping from the original and the large main cog has been replaced to match and marry with the new mainspring. This sounds like a major operation however with the standardization from Paquet of the mechanism parts from around 1915, with most being machine cut, it was merely a like for like swap with another mechanism from the same period. It is a nice looking metronome, finished in a lovely deep red consistent with matching to pianos from the same period, it displays well. There are a few minor dings and dents but nothing that detracts and slight wear to stain finish around the seams and lower edges but again nothing serious. Full gilding remains to the front door emblem / badge and this is matched by a replacement winding key that matches perfectly, the tempo card scale is excellent, fully legible and in factory condition. The original feet, lower door and upper pendulum weight are all in place with the lower underside bearing the serial number " 829,778 "it also has a hand written " S/N 19/10 " .....
We did notice during testing that occasionally the winding key works loose during consistent operation, a tighter fitting key was tried but affected the mechanism tempo so I am afraid this is a small fault that requires the key to be removed after winding.
 The mechanism is clean and operates for around 50 minutes from a full wind, however this is not recommended by us. Fully compressing the mainspring is not good for the longevity of some metronomes and can affect performance, this is one that would benefit from only turning the winding key 7 or 8 half turns from flat rather than the full 9 or 10 turns. This results in a slightly reduced runtime of around 40-45 minutes however it will greatly increase the life span of the mechanism and provide a more consistent tempo. This is not a requirement but is recommended. A nice looking metronome, supplying 60 beats per minute and a nice audible tempo and in a finish that is relatively rare in metronome terms although many of the Pianos from the same period matched this metronome perfectly or vice versa, the high gloss exterior finish is intact but can show finger prints due to the colour of the base finish. This is evident in the pictures below.

 
Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time: 50 Minutes

 R.Cocks or Cramer & Co Walnut Veneered Victorian Metronome +BELL ( SOLD - Order Number - M108

  A great provenance of the recent history of this unit comes with this fantastic Walnut veneered metronome from either the Robert Cocks company or Cramer & Co. It came to us via the estate of the late Richard Filmer of Ashford, Kent, a founding member of the Ashford museum and committee member and a published author and lecturer on the history of the town and local trades. ( More can be read on the man here: Mr Richard Filmer ).
 In fabulous condition both externally and operationally, the metronome has obviously been well cared for and dates to around 1870-1890. The case is a veneered Walnut with no chips or damage and only the lightest of sun bleaching evident to the left side panel, the external fittings retain much of the original golden gilt finish, never cleaned or polished with with even the feet still bearing much of the factory lacquer. The Boxwood tempo scale has been hand punched or incised, as with all Cocks / Cramer metronomes and is flanked by Rosewood panelling, the original pendulum weight is in place and shows the typical hand chasing or finishing and slides perfectly. Visually excellent and a great representative example of what is becoming a very scarce metronome by either of the Premium London manufacturers, especially when you consider that probably less than 15,000 where ever manufactured, that coupled with attrition over the course of 140+ years should give an indication as to just how rare it is to find them in this condition.
 Mechanically it required very little attention, the bell is excellent, working on all four settings and with minimal impact on the operation of the tempo or pendulum, the tempo itself is superb, running at 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 43 minutes from a full wind. The action is crisp and loud and with a strong swing of the pendulum, it even works on the slowest tempo settings which really is a rarity for any antique metronome let alone one of this age. The write up for the metronome is relatively easy for us as there is nothing to list that is actually at fault, hopefully the pictures, provenance and operation details are enough to convey exactly what a gem this piece is, in fact the only negative we can find is that there is no way to attribute exactly which of the London firms produced such a wonderful metronome. We should also add that credit should be given to the former owner Mr Filmer, who not only did a great job of looking after this piece but also for his great eye in acquiring it in the first place. It will not be listed for long.
 Edit: We have just noticed a small hand written serial number to the mechanism compartment of '6104' which ties in perfectly with our dating estimate.

 

Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time: 43 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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