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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 Paquet  Victorian Mahogany Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M109 ) REWORKED

 This mahogany metronome from Paquet came to me with numerous issues but was early enough production wise to warrant a rework. It dates to around 1890 and comes with the rarer full brass two toned door hinge. The exterior woodwork has been sanded, sealed and lightly waxed. The brass fittings have been polished and a new winding key and door catch replaced / added. The underside in some point of the units recent history has had replacement slats, including feet replaced from that of another metronome ( not by us ) as such the serial number is wrong in our opinion. Not the prettiest underneath we have encountered but rarely seen and stable so we left this section alone. The card tempo scale shows wear and a little fading from past cleaning attempts which is never a good idea from something that is basically layered paper, but still readable and marked to the lower third with the Paquet moniker.
 The mechanism is very good providing a strong and even tempo at 60 beats per minute, the original upper pendulum weight is a replacement that has been hand filed and balanced. The total runtime is excellent running for 48 minutes from a full wind at 60bpm. A couple of other minor things that need a mention are that an old screw hole for the old door retaining catch is visible underneath when the new replacement catch is in the released position, hidden when closed, and occasionally the winding key works loose during the metronomes operation from vibration.
This is once again a very nice attractive and reliable metronome, the wood panelling is excellent showing nice grain with no major dents or scratches and complimented by polished brass fittings and a lovely two toned full brass door hinge. The mechanism is clean and has been fully stripped and serviced with a nice strong mainspring.
Please note that felt pads have been added to the feet to allow safe storage on wooden surfaces that are not shown in the pictures below.


Beats per Min: 60   Operating Time: 47 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
 

 Paillard Mahogany Metronome + Bell (  SOLD - Order Number - M111 )

  Here is a big old hunk of a metronome from the Swiss company Paillard. Finished with lovely Golden toned heavy duty Mahogany panelling and matched with chocolate coloured exterior fittings. The piece came to us covered in lamp or coal residue which along with the serial number suggests a production timeframe of around the turn of the Century c1900. This is early for Paiilard with the serial number being ' 67,252 '. The exterior woodwork is excellent, fantastic grain with virtually zero scrapes and scratches evident, this metronome displays very well. It has the addition of a full 3/4 sized door hinge, normally only seen on early production pieces and a good clear card or laminated tempo scale. The original pendulum weight is still in place and slides well with the only alterations to this metronome being that it has had the lower mechanism protection door replaced, with the addition of some rather neat brass corner plates. The rear foot is also a replacement.
 The only other very minor observation is that the winder key ring is slightly pitted but it comes to something when you have to mention things like this to find fault. The mechanism although a little grimy and discoloured still performs very well, providing a decent tempo at 60 beats per minute and for a total runtime of around 40 minutes, the mainspring has weakened during the metronomes 110+ years as it struggles to power the bell ( quiet ) and the pendulum and although we have tried several times to increase the audible reverb from the bell assembly, it simply does not have the 'oomph' anymore. This being said the bell does work on three out of the four settings ( number 4 setting does not ) and although subdued, still audible.
 A very nice well presented metronome, with a Swiss pedigree and assembled using high quality materials and components, this metronome was built to last and is a credit to the care it has received from previous owners. I hope the pictures speak for themselves.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 40 Minutes
 

 Paquet Mahogany Stained Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M112 )

   A nice even and reliable tempo on this metronome from Paquet, dating to around the mid 30's or 1940's. This one is typical of the firms later production units from after around 1925, the front storage key hole is no longer there, the winding keys are machine pressed onto the mechanism shank and the card tempo scale has been replaced with a tin plate metallic version, which proved a lot more resilient to wear and tear. The exterior woodwork on this metronome still has virtually 100% of its factory high gloss clear lacquered top coat, the woodwork itself appears to be a stained mahogany with only a few minor scuffs and scrapes and a small nick to the right panel above the winding key. The front panel has a dark patch evident, this is caused by moisture penetrating below the high gloss lacquer through the two pin holes that hold the door emblem. This is a fairly common occurrence on these high gloss finished metronomes and only becomes an issue through age and over time. While it is fairly apparent in the pictures below, stored on a shelf and from further than 5 feet it could easily be mistaken for grain .
 The major plus point for this particular metronome is the operation, it has a very well balanced, strong and reliable tempo, operating for an exceptional 54 minutes at 60 beats per minute, the tone is good and very audible. The winding key and other fittings have a lovely chocolate handling patina, with the door emblem being the nickeled silver version rather than brass. The lower door that protects the mechanism is missing but in no way affects the units operation and somebody has added red felt to the feet at some point. This is in fact a fine unit let down somewhat by the moisture problem but it still displays very well, is a good work horse of a metronome with a strong main spring. For a metronome to still run today for 54 minutes, this one has seen minimal use over the 70 odd years it has been around and has been reduced in price slightly to reflect the cosmetic flaw.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 54 Minutes

 Paquet Teak Metronome ( £95 - Order Number - M113 )

 Numbered 423,753 dates this French produced metronome to around 1905. Finished in what I think is Teak, it is a nice lighter variation to your usual Mahogany coloured metronomes from Paquet. This piece would had been purchased from Paquet and re-branded and sold by the distributor "Qualitat Excelsior" which is marked to the lower third of the tempo scale. In all original condition, right down to having the lower door and feet still in place, this is a nice representative example of metronomes from this period. It has lost much of the lacquered topcoat which was applied to protect the woodwork however this has been replaced with years of polish and wax treatments, so it still has a glossy and well protected exterior. There are a few minor marks visible, a dark patch to the rear panel and remains of the original lacquer finish can be seen around the winding key hole area, plus a small scratch to the right of front door emblem but really not that visible.
 Providing 60 beats per minute and for a total runtime of 42 odd minutes, the tempo is good and pulse reliable, the mechanism, as with all of our metronomes has been fully stripped, degreased, ultrasonically and alcohol cleaned and reassembled. This unit has a strong spring suggesting minimal use throughout it's life and has obviously been well cared for, the original winding key is fixed solid on this unit, meaning that the key cannot be removed and placed in the front storage hole, this is a bonus in my opinion as it means it is less likely to be lost, it has a wonderful dark handling patina.
 A nice and quite scarce colour variation to this metronome, in excellent working order, with all original parts and fittings, the feet have had a  re-paint and also felt added to the bottom so that is can be stored safely on a piano or wood surface safely, this is not reflected in the pictures below.

Beats per Min: 60      Operating Time: 42 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
 

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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