Metronome Gallery: M117 - M124

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 collectible shelf or display items.
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 JTL Mahogany Victorian Metronome   ( SOLD - Order Number - M117 ) Reworked

 A late Victorian metronome by the Jerome Thibouville Lamy company based in France. Dating to around 1890, the exterior of this unit has been reworked, re-glued and refinished, it is Mahogany panelled with nice visible grain and finished with a semi gloss topcoat. There is a split along the grain to the left side lower panel shown in picture 5. Most of the time and because this split runs with the grain it is barely visible, however in certain lighting and angles it can be seen and needs to be mentioned. It has been glued on the interior and is completely stable. The metronome features a full brass door hinge, a nice clean and legible card tempo scale, clearly marked to the lower third with the JTL moniker and original feet and lower slats. It is missing the lower door and comes with an old style replacement winding key and an unusual upper pendulum weight, which may or may not be a replacement.
 The mechanism is relatively clean, initially it was covered in grime, grease and old lamp oil or coal fire residue, it supplies a consistent 60 bpm for a total runtime of around 45 minutes, however it is running a little fast depending on the upper weight v tempo scale setting. Normally when setting this weight, the upper edge of the weight is aligned with the lower -  mark under the desired tempo, i.e for 60bpm you would set the weight on the mark under the 60bpm reading on the scale, this metronome however needs to be set to the corresponding mark ABOVE the required tempo. JTL had a habit of supplying extremely fine metronomes visually, far exceeding the larger rival company Paquet, opting for quality wood panels and always finished to the highest standard. This metronome is 130 years old, looks fantastic as a shelf display or cabinet collectable metronome, the mechanism provides a decent and audible tempo, it is regular and well balanced and needed a thorough clean in order to restore regular functionality. Due to the crack to the left panel this one has been priced accordingly.


Beats per Min: 64*     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Wittner Aspen or Beech Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M118 )

We often get asked for an antique metronome that operates well enough to be used in a semi-professional work environment and while it is very rare for a metronome in excess of 100+ years old to meet this criteria, this is not so much of an issue if the metronome is newer and in the kind of condition that we find this German manufactured metronome in. Made by Wittner and manufactured in 1964, this metronome is in almost factory condition, 54 years old we think it just about qualifies as an antique and was in such good condition we found it hard to ignore.
 The thick slab woodwork is possibly Aspen or Beech and is virtually flawless, there is a minor scratch to the front lower panel which you really need to look for and hardly evident, the metronome has all original factory fittings and feet etc and really is in splendid condition. Not only is this metronome a great looking item it also operates brilliantly, it has a perfectly balanced mechanism that returns a consistent and very strong pendulum action that borders on the extreme. By this we mean that the swing is so strong that it almost touches the wooden casing at the apex of each left and right swing, exactly as it would have when it left the factory. It provides a regular 60 beats per minute, no slow down at all, for the full staggering total runtime of 1 hour and 10 minutes. Wittner has a great pedigree in metronome manufacturing and is the largest 20th Century manufacturer period, and we do like the pre-1970 versions that retained full wooden cases, metal door retaining hooks and the wooden bun feet. The firm switched the hook retainers to plastic around 1980 and many of their models switched to full plastic cases, this metronome still has the earlier features and retains a strong and solid feel when handling and operating. The winding key does not have a ratchet sound as with earlier production metronomes, this option was dispensed as a cost saving measure on later production pieces. so additional care is required not to over-wind and to stop winding when resistance is met.
While it may not provide the quality wood work of Rosewood or Walnut seen on earlier manufactured metronomes, it is still very solidly made, operates well enough to be used as a practise metronome and rare to find in this condition and configuration. It is serial numbered in several places ( 04705 ) and has a hand written assessor signature of 'Fn" - 6, 64, this would be the assemblers initials and the date June 1964.
If you are after a consistent and reliable metronome, with some age and in excellent condition, this one would be hard to beat.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  1 Hour 10 Minutes
 

 Wittner Taktell Tin Plate  Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M119 )

 A mint and boxed example of the luxury ( Large ) model Taktell from the German firm of Wittner. Manufactured in the 1930's, 40's & 50's. This metronome stands at 8 inches, a little shorter than a standard wooden pyramid style metronome and comes complete with a working bell and loudness adjustment for the tempo. Made as a travel metronome or one that could be easily transported, this unit is the top of the range variant and also came with or without a bell and in a smaller pocket size, which is far more common that the one shown here.
 In near mint condition, it retains 100% of the original post office red exterior paint with even the raised Taktell designation to the front not showing any paint loss. There is a little wear around the bell sliding lever and the key storage hole on the interior, with some tarnish to the originally polished chrome fittings but considering the metronome is over 70 years old, it has obviously seen little use and been extremely well cared for. The bell has an excellent tone and fully working on all four settings, either a ring on every 2, 3, 4, or 6th swing of the pendulum. The tempo is fantastic, reliable and with an adjustment knob to alter the audible volume that works well also, it supplies 60 beats per minute with a regular and even tempo and with a simply amazing runtime of 75 minutes. It should be mentioned that due to the construction materials it does have a metallic tone to the tempo as the striking pin resonates via the exterior metal case but I have really only mentioned this because we are simply more used to the rather more subtle tones of wooden pyramid style metronomes.
 It comes with the original Wittner box, missing the interior packing material but in good condition, with a split to one corner and a couple of minor scrapes, it is marked 'Made in Germany' and with a serial or model number for this particular metronome of '871'. We rarely come across this metronome with this particular configuration, and even more rarely do we find them in this fantastic condition, what we have found however on other similar Taktell unit's that we have owned and sold in the past is that they always prove to be very reliable operationally. The sealed cases provide excellent protection for the mechanism, minimizing dust and debris from collecting on critical moving parts and ensures very good longevity and minimal chance of limping or tempo related issues.
 It should be mentioned that the winding key unscrews ( counter-clockwise ) for storage in the cardboard box, or it will not fit and simply screws into place when required for winding. The dimensions on this unit are height 8", width 2.5", depth 2.5". A scarce metronome from Wittner in excellent condition both externally and operationally and could be used in a semi-professional practise environment without a problem, the variable volume control is a major plus point and something that is not available on the wooden alternatives.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  75 Minutes
 

 Paquet Rosewood Victorian  Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M120 ) REWORKED

This fabulous looking metronome from the French firm of Paquet is in very nice condition. It retains all original fixtures and fittings and is complimented with having the exterior woodwork case constructed of high quality Rosewood panelling. Post 1900 the use of Rosewood and Walnut and other desirable woods seems to have proven difficult to source or not cost effective for the Paquet firm, as it is relatively rare to find this used on metronomes in the 20th Century even though production for the firm was at it's peak. This particular metronome is numbered '291,646' dating the production to around the very end of the Victorian era.
 We have sanded this one back and applied a very high quality oil / varnish that is hard wearing and shows only minimal handling wear from finger-prints etc, it is also dirt and water resistant, the original finish was actually in good condition, but the top clear lacquered coat had suffered badly from scratches over the years, hence the rework, the wood itself however was virtually unmarked. We also polished the original winding key as it had oxidized and the front door emblem, the feet have had a repaint and the mechanism fully stripped, cleaned and reassembled.
 The operation of this metronome is excellent, providing a regular tempo at 60 beats per minute, a nice strong swing of the pendulum and a total runtime of around 45 minutes. The audible tone is decent, a little higher pitched than normal maybe but this is probably down to a thorough clean of the striking button by us and does tend to restore how the metronome would have originally sounded. The card tempo scale is very legible, no ill advised cleaning attempts here and unusually marked to the lower third with the Paquet emblem and the addition of 'France' which is something we have not come across before.
All in all this is a very desirable unit, stunning visually with all original parts to the piece, no damage or dings to the woodwork and a consistent and reliable mechanism / tempo. A very short description because hopefully the pictures speak for themselves and there is very little wrong with the metronome for us to list.


Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Qualitie Excelsior Victorian Rosewood Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M121 ) REWORKED

Needing quite a lot of work, this one visually turned out rather well. Missing the base slats and feet completely and externally in tired and worn condition, it has been rejuvenated by completely sanding it back and refinishing with an oil  /varnish topcoat. The quality Rosewood panels speak for themselves, with fabulous grain and lovely dark streaks which compliment the polished brass exterior fittings and golden tones very well. The base, feet and lower slats have been replaced, the mechanism has been disassembled and thoroughly cleaned and reassembled.
Dating to around 1890, it features an early quality mechanism with a bell assembly that operates on all four settings, not the best bell we have encountered, but working and with a pleasing tone, it can struggle on the extreme slow pendulum setting but this is down to the mainspring and 100+ years of wear I am afraid. There is also a little residual noise from the escapement when stood right next to the unit and watching the operation, this should ease and become less evident over time and use, it is part of the mechanism removal and replacement process and the striking pin having to re-bed itself after the service. A fine looking metronome providing 60 beats per minute, for a total runtime of 45+ minutes and with a fully working bell, it has a decent tempo, probably not up to practise standard but considering the age of this piece it should really only be considered as a decorative and collectable antique anyway. Qualite Excelsior only operated from 1871-1914 so produced relatively few metronomes in comparison to the other French rival firms such as Paquet and JTL, they did however supply a quality product, they are fitted with unique door emblem door badges that have a nice stippled background effect and usually bear the word 'selon' or giving credit to Maelzel, they also opted for a yellow tempo card scale, clearly marked on the bottom for the company and the wording 'Qaulitie Excelsior'.
 All fittings have been polished, there are a few minor exterior woodwork flaws or dents that were too deep to remove during refinishing but in our opinion do not detract and only add to the history and appeal of this metronome. There is no lower door and the slats are non-matching. If you are after a good looking unit and by a relatively scarce manufacturer, this one may fit the bill.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:   45+ Minutes
 

Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co Mid Victorian Rosewood Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M122 )

A very nice mid Victorian metronome dating to around 1870  and finished with Rosewood veneered exterior panelling. The first thing to notice about this particular unit is the front door badge / emblem. If you compare it to other London made metronomes on this website you will notice that there is no wording or dedication around the cartouche. We think this is because it was manufactured in the transition period between Cocks changing the door emblems from the pre 1868 dedication of the street address ' 6 New Burlington Street London' to the post 1868 dedication of 'Best English Make'. This also ties in with the stamped serial number to the mechanism which reads No 6728.
 The patina to the brass, once gilded exterior fittings is glorious, heavy and thick and only evident from years of handling and exposure to the elements, including a good 40+ years pre-electricity, lamp oils and smoke from coal fires included. We have also done a very light clean only on this piece, trying to preserve much of the unique antiqued appearance as possible, with only a very light wax over the top of many years of other similar coatings. It was very hard to show in the pictures how good this metronome sits and display's, with a deep semi gloss shine and unmistakable aged appearance.  At 150 years old, it does not come without a few flaws, firstly the rather obvious veneer chips the front lower edge caused by the door retaining pins and is a typical problem on all metronomes that feature a non-hinged door. We have applied fixes in the past in the form of a small strip of beading to cover this damage, but on a metronome of this age and quality it would always look out of place and cover what is in our opinion, part of the history of the item. There are also a couple of age related cracks to the veneer on the left and rear panels, stable and unavoidable unfortunately.
 The winding key is a period replacement from the same firm and the feet have been added by us and are exacting replacements for the originals. The mechanism needed some work and fine tuning but otherwise is in excellent condition. The action itself is loud and audible, has good balance and an even tempo. This metronome features typical Robert Cocks construction, complete with a hand impressed or punched Boxwood tempo scale, fully legible and again showing a lovely aged patina, it is flanked by Rosewood panels with the usual key storage hole to the right side panel. This early production metronome is a fantastic looking item, with a deep glass like chocolate finish to the woodwork not really evident from our pictures. It is complimented by the exquisitely dark original brass fittings and door emblem, which have obviously never been cleaned or polished since the day it left the factory. The total runtime is around 40-45 minutes.  A lovely and very early metronome from a very desirable manufacturer.
Note: Due to the numerous exterior wax coatings, it can show handling use in the form of finger-prints after some time, a simple and CAREFUL wipe with a soft cloth restores the appearance but care really needs to be taken around the edges of the veneer. 


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Paquet Mahogany Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M123 ) REWORKED

With the serial number '723,727'  this metronome from the French firm of Paquet dates to around 1920. We have redone the exterior woodwork, sanded and applied numerous coats of clear oil / varnish topcoat. The mechanism has been replaced with a Paquet alternative dating to around the same timeframe, however this replacement mechanism would once also have also had a bell, which has been removed. This in no way affect's the performance or how the metronome operates, in fact it performs admirably and better in many ways as it does not have to also power the original bell assembly. In very clean condition externally, it has a deep red hue due to the quality mahogany panels, there is good grain evident and no dents or dings of any sort. The unit comes with a full brass door hinge, no problems with door retaining pins and chips on this metronome and although the hinge retaining screws are a little unsightly, as is the  worn card tempo scale, it is just about readable with the door closing as it should.
 The stand out feature of this metronome is the performance and regularity of the tempo and pendulum swing. Coming up to 100 years old, it operates very well, supplying an accurate 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 45 minutes. The visual swing of the pendulum arm is strong, which suggests minimal use and a very clean and reliable escapement. We have added an upper pendulum weight replacement ( hand filed to match the lower ) and a replacement winding key, the underside feet have had a repaint and slats re-glued to ensure stability. While this metronome has had extensive alterations and replacement parts, it is a solid performer, looks great externally and as a display unit,  and equally could be used without a problem in a semi-professional work or practise environment. The good performance of this particular unit may in part be due to the fact that mechanism once held a bell assembly, we have a suspicion that Paquet may well have used mainsprings with a different tension or stronger springs in order to power both the pendulum and bell assemblies, once this extra pressure is taken off the mainspring with the removal of the bell, the benefits can be seen with the increased performance of the mechanism. A nice looking metronome but a little tired visually on the underside and internally.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:   45 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks Rosewood Victorian Presentation Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M124 )

Amazingly, this metronome from the Cocks Company of London, still has an original custom presentation paper label attached to the inner mechanism compartment which lists not only the recipient but is also dated for '1889'. It reads:
Presented to
-Theresa Hoole-
By the Stocksbridge Wesleyan Chapel and Choir Committee
Xmas 1889
As a token of our esteem for the valuable service she has so willingly rendered as principal Soprano.
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 A picture is attached of the afore mentioned chapel below, located just to the East of the Peak district in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We have also undertaken a little research into the recipient herself which can be read here > Theresa Hoole . If we have the correct person, she actually married in the same year that this metronome was presented 1889, at the age of 22. Bolsterstone, the town she was living in, in 1881 and shown on the 1881 census is only 1.7 miles from the chapel. She was married on Christmas day 25th December 1889 to a Mr John Elshaw, one year her senior and it would appear that this metronome was probably a wedding present at the time of her wedding.
Finished with a Rosewood Veneered exterior, the metronome itself is in great original condition. It has all of the original fixtures and fittings, including the feet and it even retains the original lower side gauze still in place, over the hole in the underside protective door panel. Originally this gauze would have been glued on the outside of the hole, however nine times out of 10, this gauze is missing altogether. The only thing that is not original and that has been altered, is the door catch retaining pin, that has been replaced with a round headed tack. There is a slight veneer lift or section missing to the left side panel but after 130+ years, we think that this can be forgiven. The exterior displays very well, it has a wonderful antiqued appearance with a soft semi gloss sheen and good handling patina to the brass fittings. Much of the original fire gilt or gold washed coating remains in place and compliments the woodwork perfectly.
 It was obvious on receipt of this metronome that the mechanism itself had never been cleaned or removed AT ALL in the lifespan of the unit. It was still limping along quite happily but was is in serious need of a good service. Once all parts had been cleaned to include the bell assembly, it has been restored to a fully functioning unit, it provides a total runtime of around 43 minutes with a decent tempo and a bell that operated on all four settings. However...
 This one is running a little fast. This is easily rectified by simply setting the upper pendulum weight 6 bpm slower on the tempo scale, above your desired tempo. i.e for 60 beats per minute, you would set the weight on the scale for 54bpm. We suspect that at some point in this metronomes history and quite early on that the upper pendulum weight has been lost and an original replacement added, hence the discrepancy, however this is not all bad as it also means that this particular unit will operate even on the slowest tempo setting, quite remarkable after so many years.
As with any Victorian manufactured metronome, we do not recommend them for use as a practice aid, this one could be used in a non-professional environment however. The bell is good, works correctly on all four settings even on the slowest tempo setting which is extremely rare for a metronome of this age, the audible tone is good, not too over-powering. It can sometimes jump out of sync if the bell lever is not exactly set but hardly worth a mention and is purely a very minor idiosyncrasy.
 This is a fantastic metronome that not only comes with stunning looks and operational, but it also has a traceable provenance and tangible history due the attached presentation label, fully working and restored,  we can even tell you you that this unit once accompanied a young 22 year old Victorian Soprano as she practised her singing exercises before the forthcoming Church Service. Her occupation is listed as 'Scholar' and  'Umbrella Hand' !!. She passed in 1944 aged 76, John in 1915.
 


Beats per Min: 66*    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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