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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 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 

 Robert Cocks Rosewood Victorian Metronome + Bell   ( SOLD - Order Number - M105 )

  Firstly, this is a very attractive and extremely high quality metronome from either Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co from London. It dates to around 1870 and externally is in first rate condition, with virtually no dents or scratches or veneer chips or lifts. The external  fittings retain much of the original gold gilt finish and are all original to the piece with the exception of the brass replacement feet to the underside and the winding key. The woodwork has fantastic grain on all four panels and the upper clear lacquer finish is still intact and has done an excellent job of protecting the exterior from wear and tear and handling marks. The boxwood hand impressed tempo scale is crisp and unmarked and is flanked by matching Rosewood panels. To look at and as a display metronome, you would be hard pressed to find a finer looking metronome than this unit.
Now onto the mechanics: This metronome came to me in non-working condition, the pendulum steel arm was snapped / broken with the upper two thirds missing completely. It has had a period Cocks replacement fitted with the upper and lower weights matched and hand filed to suit the tempo scale. The anti-over-wind feature on this unit is broken ( nearly 40 % of all these London metronomes have this flaw ) this means that it is possible to wind the mainspring from totally uncompressed to fully compressed, which on this particular metronome can cause issues with the tempo. ( more on this below ). The non-working bell has been fixed with a replacement new spring attached, while this means renewed operation on all four bell settings, it is not the best sounding bell we have encountered, a little quiet and muted but better than no operation at all.
 The above two paragraphs make fixing this metronome sound relatively simple, in reality it has taken nearly two weeks work to restore a reliable and accurate tempo, with a fully functioning bell and a well balanced and crisp audible tone. The new owner is going to need to adhere to few simple rules regarding continued good operation of this metronome, taking into account the mainspring issues and pendulum arm replacement. Firstly in order to not place undue stress on the pendulum arm fix when in the stored position with the metronome door closed, it needs to be located to the left hand side rather than the right side ( as per picture 7 below ). Secondly with regard to the over-wind, it is important NOT to fully wind or compress the mainspring to maximum on this metronome. While this would provide a longer runtime or around 50 minutes it is not good for the longevity of the mechanism and can cause tempo issues. We suggest a maximum of 8 half turns of the key from completely flat to provide a runtime of around 40 minutes, ideally 7 turns and settle for 35minutes.
 While these instructions do seem a little excessive, I am afraid that both are required and should be noted and remembered by the potential new owner.
 The underside mechanism door panel is missing and new solid brass feet have been fitted. This metronome is in excess of 140 years old, as with most units from the Victorian era, they do come with issues of one sort of another, externally this one has survived extremely well and is a joy to look at and worth the effort of getting it operation again. Mechanically it is now sound, provided it is given the care and attention it needs. A very nice, balanced and loud tempo, a working bell and visually one of the best metronomes from Cocks we have offered for sale.


Beats per Min: 61   Operating Time: 40 Minutes

 R.Cocks or Cramer & Co Victorian Walnut Veneered Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M106 )

 There is no indication as to which London firm produced this fine looking Walnut veneered metronome. I would hazard a guess at Cramer purely based on the style of the front door badge / emblem. It dates to around 1880 possibly a little earlier and in keeping with all metronomes from either of these London firms is finished to the highest standard. Originally complete with the addition of a bell, this has since been removed so although the unit has the bell slider lever to the right side of the metronome, it is defunct and does nothing. The metronome has all the original external fittings and fixtures, with an excellent handling patina evident and much of the fire gilt still visible under the patina, the base also is in place along with the original feet.
 The woodwork is excellent, there is evidence of a slight veneer split to the right side lower which has been re-glued and now stable. The front having quality Burr Walnut veneered panels with the slightest of wear evident just below the door. The hand impressed Boxwood tempo scale is flanked by Rosewood panels and remains in excellent readable and virtually factory condition with the door fitted with a 3/4 length full brass door hinge.
 A common problem encountered with metronomes of this age is that at some point in it's history the anti-over-wind feature has either been disabled or simply lost ( they can come loose ) this means that it is possible to wind this unit beyond which it is was designed, while this provides a much longer runtime of around 55 minutes it is not a good thing in regard to the longevity and continued good operation of the metronome, we would recommend that the new owner tries to get into a habit of turning the winding key 7 or 8 half turns of the key and settle for a slightly reduced runtime of around 40 minutes from flat. The tempo however is excellent at around 61 beats per minute. There is a slight audible pulse variation to the loudness of the tick due to the spring tensioning and the loss of the anti-over-wind feature but this is very minimal and probably me being a little over critical, especially considering the metronome is 140+ years old.
An excellent quality example, a fantastic display piece but sadly missing the bell, these London metronomes are very popular and in short supply, the highest serial number encountered from either firm is around 7000 so limited numbers where produced and although not serialised, this unit comes from the roughly the middle of the production run.
 
Beats per Min: 61  Operating Time: 55 Minutes *

Paquet Stained Rosewood Victorian Metronome +Bell ( £89 - Order Number - M107 )

 If you are looking for an occasional use display metronome with a fabulous antiqued appearance this one may be a contender. Numbered 210,710 dates this metronome to the 1880's, it also has a wonderfully old written label attached to the rear of the door in French regarding the metronomes pendulum settings. The exterior woodwork does not come without a few issues. unusually the door grain does not match the lower front panel and while we have seen this before indicating a possible use of different wood cuts, it may also mean that the door is an early replacement. It is certainly from the same period, a good fit and shows the same handling wear but needs to be mentioned. There are also a few dings and scrapes to the exterior but considering it is in excess of 130 years old nothing to extreme, and a slight crack caused by one of the lower underside pins to the front door. It retains the majority of it's high gloss over stained panels topcoat with the front lower panel showing some loss when displayed at certain angles. 
 The mechanism runs for 45 minutes at 61 beats per minute, it also does not come without a few idiosyncrasies. Firstly it has a rather high pitched and variable tone to the action, this is down to simple wear to the escapement and main cog, because of this it would probably be best not to consider this metronome as a practise aid in any form. The bell has a lovely tone, very audible and a nice reverb and works on all four settings. It can struggle at the very lower end of a wind and if the pendulum is set on a very low tempo. The upper pendulum weight and winding key are both modern replacements but the majority of the external fittings are original to the piece including the lower door and metronomes feet. The scale is a little grimy but totally legible with the flanking black panels showing some wear and tear.
 This one certainly has the antiqued Victorian appearance and the nice unique addition of the door instructions, the tone and tempo on this unit means it should only really be considered as a shelf and novelty item today but oozes history and with a lovely handling wear, it has been priced with the issues mentioned in mind.

 
Beats per Min: 61    Operating Time: 45 Minutes

 Cramer or Robert Cox & Co Victorian Rosewood Metronome ( SOLD - Order Number - M108

  Settle in for a good read, this may take a while!. Firstly I should say that this metronome from Robert Cocks or Cramer and Co is ranked right up there as one of the highest quality and best conditioned  metronomes I have ever come across. It looks as though it has been stuck in a time warp especially when you consider that it was manufactured around 1880-1890 in Victorian England. A time of horse and carts and gas lamps and confirmed by the fact that the outer finish on this unit was covered in a typical oily grime either from open smoke fireplaces or more likely oil / gas lighting. I see this regularly on purchased Victorian metronomes from both Cocks and Cramer.
 Metronomes of this period are rare and in this condition virtually unheard of, numbered 6845 to the base, it is relatively late production ( at the time of writing I am yet to come across a serial number later than 7000,  from either London firm ) and should give an indication of how scarce these collectables are 130+ years later. This unit comes with a distributor or retailer tag attached to the front for " A.Wilson Peck & Co, Sheffield and Nottingham ". Arthur Wilson ( a pseudonym ) and John Peck were piano retailers and a musical accessories distributor from 1882 up until 1896, before becoming a large record shop outlet. I managed to source a picture, shown below showing the outlet in 1897 in Sheffield and from where this particular metronome would have at some point been purchased.

Onto the metronome: Finished in a very high quality Rosewood, the exterior is virtually flawless, it has had a light clean, removing the oily residue and replaced with a fine protective wax top coat, this has really made the grain pop and restored it to almost as it would have been when it left the factory. The fittings retain much of the original fire gilt and as you would expect are constructed of a heavy brass base and hand finished / chaste. All parts are original, undamaged and with the exception of a door catch that is a little stiff to operate, in excellent condition. It is fitted with a boxwood tempo scale with hand impressed numbers and lettering and this material was only ever used during the Victorian period and on all London manufactured metronomes. The mechanism is extremely clean having been protected well by the lower original door which is hand cut and provided a tight fit protecting the mechanism from not only dirt but also the oily residue. It supplies a good 60 beats per minute, with a good even tempo and runs for approx 45 minutes which tended to be the norm for these London units. The mechanism has been removed, minimal cleaning and lightly oiled. There is not much else I can add, no flaws or damage to mention, more information on the manufactures of Cock and Cramer can be read here > INFO
 I can more or less guarantee that this metronome will not disappoint. The pictures do not do the unit justice as the high gloss mirror finish was difficult to photograph.

 I am also afraid that at this time, it is only available for sale to UK postal addresses. Sorry.

Beats per Min: 60    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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