Metronome Gallery: M109 - M116

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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Jerome Thibouville Lamy ( JTL ) Mahogany Metronome  ( £119 - Order Number - M109 )  REWORKED

 Dating to around 1910-1920 this lovely Mahogany metronome was manufactured by the French firm of JTL ' Jerome Thibouville Lamy'. The exterior woodwork was tired and scratched and subsequently has been reworked by us. It has been sanded to a fine and smooth base and a clear gun stock oil applied in several coats to provide protection from the elements and handling. It has a semi-gloss sheen and has nice visible grain to the woodwork evident on the larger panels. Removing the door, the interior tempo scale compartment is in excellent condition, ever so slight fading to the card scale but hardly noticeable and fully legible. The lower third of the card scale is clearly marked for the JTL company.
 The underside of the metronome is in perfect condition, usually this is the first area that sustains damage of some form, either to the feet or wooden slats but this example is as it was when it left the Mirecourt factory. The paint to the feet is a little worn which we have left, only adding felt buffers to the base so that is can be safely located on either a piano or other delicate wooden surface. The winding key, long since lost, has been replaced with a good matching modern day replacement.
Mechanically, this piece is sound. It has a nice even tempo and is quite well balanced. It runs well at 60 bpm and for a total runtime of around 45 minutes. The mechanism itself is clean and has an integrated metallic striking plate rather than one inset onto the wooden case of the metronome. This was a later turn of the Century factory modification as a time saving measure, however the result is that the audible tick or return is slightly more metallic sounding than you would normally get from the earlier metronomes from this firm. The audible clack or tempo from this particular metronome is a little on the quiet side, it is still completely audible but maybe a little subdued, this is in part due to the felt pads on the feet which do restrict the reverb somewhat but this is an ideal piece for maybe somebody who wishes to use it to relax or fall asleep too, rather than a serious practice aid.
A lovely looking metronome now that is has been reworked, both externally and in terms of the general condition of the parts we have not touched. It operates well and is somewhere is the region of 100 years old, JTL was a very good manufacturer throughout the period and we always enjoy working on these reliable units as the wood the firm selected to use in their metronome construction was always of the highest quality. Please note: We have since removed the winding key brass circular guide on the case exterior since uploading the pictures, this was due to a very tight fit with the new key and it hindering correct operation of the mechanism.


Beats per Min: 60   Operating Time: 45 Minutes
  

 Paquet Coffret ( Box ) Portable Metronome  ( £139 - Order Number - M110  )

 This is a scare Paquet ( French ) manufactured variant in working order, dating to around 1930. Few working examples of this particular model survive today, mainly  due to the fragile design of the collapsible pendulum arm and the fact that even though the selling point of this model was it's portability, the relatively large size of the unit ( 6" x 3.5" x 3.5" ) and the inclusion of a standard mechanism, meant it was very susceptible to knocks or poor handling. The case or box is wooden panelled covered or finished in a dark red mottled material, the exterior has survived remarkably well, with only a slight minor off centre seat to the lid when closed. It is a luxury design with  a rich green felt or velvet padding to interior on opening, the card tempo scale is excellent, as are the internal chrome polished fittings and bell adjustment lever.
 The actual winding hole for the metronome is to the left side panel but it also has a key storage hole internally. The totally unique feature to this particular model was the foldable or collapsible pendulum arm, by design is allows the owner to simply park the pendulum and close the lid with it still in the upright position. The arm is hinged on the bottom and lays flat within the closed compartment. While this was a fabulous idea initially, it can prove to be a little unreliable in that any slight bend or catch to the pendulum arm can throw this hinge alignment out of sync and result in the pendulum arm collapsing during operation. This metronome works as intended but careful placement of the pendulum arm prior to use is necessary.
The tempo scale itself is marked to the lower third " Made in France " and on the upper third " Metronome Paquet -Coffret- Brevette S.G.D.G. The unit comes with a four position adjustable bell, a ring every 2.3.4.or 6th swing of the pendulum. It works on all four settings although the pendulum tempo is slightly affected when the bell is engaged. The bell is adjusted by moving the chrome pointer to the desired setting, the audible bell tone is good with a little residual noise evident. Mechanically the operation of this unit is relatively reliable, it does have a fairly weak swing to the pendulum arm which becomes far more evident as the unit winds down, it does however run for around 45 minutes with a good well balanced tempo. Probably not a good idea to consider this metronome as a regular practise aid due to the slightly weak performance and collapsible pendulum arm, however if you are in the market for what is a borderline museum quality example of an early 20th Century, extremely rare metronome ( try to find another ! ) this one may be a contender. Bear in mind that this metronome is fairly large and also that care is going to be needed during setting the operation. It is a true collector's piece and a good display and occasional use metronome that should easily prove to be a good investment in the future. We should also mention that we have only performed a very lightweight clean on the case, internal velvet and fittings etc on this metronome. It would therefore be possible for the new owner to improve on what is already a fantastically conditioned early example from Paquet.

 


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 46 Minutes
 

 Theodor Weisser Early Travel / Portable Metronome (  £139 - Order Number - M111 )

  A very rare and fully operational metronome from the German designer Theodor Weisser. Patents where submitted in 1904 so we estimate that this unit dates to between 1904-1910. ( Patents can be viewed here > Patent1 - Patent2 ). The design came with two variants, with or without a bell, this particular metronome is without the bell function.
 The metronome itself is designed to be very lightweight, constructed using the lightest wood ( possibly Ochroma Pyramidale or Balsa wood ) for the box base and a leaf style steel pendulum arm. The mechanism is also very lightweight, finely designed and manufactured to a very high standard, due to the relatively small size of the base unit, the mechanism is precision made to keep the metronome as portable as possible. The external fittings are gilded brass, all original to the metronome and without damage, the pendulum arm is fully legible, a few lightweight sliding marks and minor tarnish but overall is very good indeed. The audible tempo is quiet by design, it keeps good time at 60 beats per minute for an overall runtime of around 35-40 minutes but is more of a visual timing device than your typical pyramid metronome.
 Considering the very light construction throughout, this metronome is a stand out and very rare almost museum quality example of a metronome that was in production for a very short time only. The majority of examples that do become available today are either non-working, damaged or incomplete. Not only is this example fully working ( after a service ), it comes in the original inner card box and outer transportable pencil style wooden box. It also retains the majority of the stained finish to the base unit, with the whole metronome in fantastic condition considering it is over 100 years old. 
 Along with the metronome, in the storage box are two flat steel plates with holes, we have no idea what these are for or if indeed that they are in fact anything to do with the metronome but will be included regardless. We also need to mention that once wound and operation begins, there is no easy way to cease operation as the unit has no home position or retainer for the pendulum arm, this means it needs to either run down fully or be stored partially wound.
 As a highly collectible and rare one off shelf display metronome, this example ticks every category, what you do not get is the use of the highest quality materials usually evident on the pyramid style metronomes from the same era, however this metronome was designed to be portable and in order to do that compromise was required. Should not be considered as a practise metronome due to the quiet nature of the action but as a collectible and rare antique, this one is exceptional, try to find another!. Please see the dimensions below as it may prove to be smaller than expected.
Overall height including the pendulum arm: 7.5"
Base height and width: 3 x 2"
Storage Box Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 3"

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 40 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co Rosewood Veneered Victorian Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M112 )

   A lovely Victorian London made metronome in very good condition and dating to around 1880. The mechanism in this one is one of the cleanest and brightest we have encountered on a Victorian metronome, with most covered with a film of coal or lamp oil residue. This one appears to have somehow escaped that predicament and was possibly displayed in a well ventilated area, it is even more remarkable considering the lower underside protective door is missing on this example. Finished with a high quality Rosewood Veneer, a boxwood tempo scale and flanked by solid Rosewood tempo scale side panels, it is typical of a mid production metronome by either of the London based firms. There is a minor veneer section missing from the left hand upper panel and the odd slight dent to the edge woodwork but these are extremely small and hardly worth a mention when you consider the 140 years of service.
 The woodwork retains a semi gloss finish and is matched with wonderful chocolate brown solid brass fittings that all show a consistent handling patina, the tempo scale is the early wide type, with hand stamped individual markings and in near factory condition. This metronome also features a 3/4 sized door hinge and hand chaste upper brass pendulum weight. The tempo and audible return is excellent, loud and with a good solid tone, it operates at 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 45 minutes and is a solid performer. Originally, this metronome would have sat on three bun brass feet, two to the front ( which are still both original ) and one to the rear, which was fixed to the underside door. Since this door and foot have been lost of broken, two replacement feet have been fitted to the rear, but unless we had mentioned it here, you would never have guessed as they are a perfect match.
 Inside the mechanism compartment and as with many of the these London metronomes, there is a pencilled hand written number which appears to be the year and month of manufacture. In this case 9/80 or 9/88 = September 1880/8. A truly superb example of an early Victorian metronome, finished to the highest standard which results in not only a fabulous display item but also coupled with a reliable performance. These are getting very hard to obtain and I am sure that this unit will not be around too long. The missing underside door panel in no way affects the metronome's performance, in some cases it can alter the audible tone of the tempo but on this particular unit, the difference is negligible due to the fact it still sounds so good without it.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 40 Minutes

 Paquet Mahogany Metronome  ( £89  - Order Number - M113 )

 This unit from the French firm of Paquet dates to around 1920 bearing the serial number 668,889. It is in original factory condition retaining all of the original parts, fixtures and fittings. The exterior woodwork, probably Mahogany but also possibly Cherry wood has nearly all of the factory high gloss lacquered finish or topcoat and although it does display some obvious handling wear, scratches and slight dents etc visible on close inspection, it is still in very good condition.  The base or underside has suffered and has been repaired over the years, with one slat split and re-glued. It does however still have it's original feet and underside protective door still in place and doing a great job of protecting a clean and reliable mechanism.
 The front door Paquet emblem still has much of the factory gold burnish still visible and the winding key and door hook have a lovely dark handling patina. There is a visible light scratch to the lower front exterior panel and a few other very light marks to other panels but nothing too distracting, one seam to the right lower may have been re-glued in the past but has been done well and to the point of you hardly being able to notice it unless we had mentioned it here.
 The card tempo scale is fully legible with only a couple of very minor red ink marks to the lower third, this ink also slightly stains the exterior woodwork peak but again so minor that you can hardly notice it. The original factory upper pendulum weight slides well and set at 60 beats per minute, provides an accurate tempo and well balanced movement. The metronome mechanism is very clean having had 3 ultrasonic baths and runs for a total runtime of 45 minutes at 60bpm.  
 A nice honest early 20th Century French manufactured metronome in decent condition considering the 100 year old age, a few minor exterior blemishes and some visible handling wear but this is reflected in our asking price. Operationally and mechanically, this metronome is sound ( no pun intended ) it runs well, provides a loud an audible and even tempo, is not too over-powering and retains all factory parts.

Beats per Min: 60      Operating Time: 45 Minutes
 

 Thorens Swiss Pear Wood Victorian? Metronome  ( £119 - Order Number - M114 )

  We think that this metronome from the Swiss firm of Thorens may well be Victorian or if not maybe a decade into the 20th Century. The base is stamped with the early serial number of ' 70,306 ' and while we know that this particular firm did not manufacture anywhere near as many metronome's as the French firm of Paquet ( nearly 2m ) we do believe they reached at least 250,000. This metronome is in excellent condition externally, with only two old door retaining pin holes to the front panel and an old seam split to the left panel being the only flaws. The left panel split has been re-glued internally and is completely stable and the door pin holes are a common issue affecting nearly all antique metronome's that were manufactured without a full door hinge. Other issues that need mentioning is that the escutcheon disc surrounding the bell pull lever has slight damage but it still sits in place well and hardly noticeable and also that the underside protective door is lost to time.
 That is the negatives out of the way, now let me talk about what a great looking metronome that this is in hand. Slightly more Golden than what is shown in our pictures and with virtually no scratches or dents / dings of any sort, it is a very clean and smart looking piece.
 The mechanism, understandably dirty and grimy after going for years with no door in place, cleaned up very well and performs very well. It has a strong even tempo even on the slowest settings and comfortably runs the bell with hardly any slow down of the pendulum visible at all ( a rarity ), the bell itself operate correctly on all four settings and has a nice tone and completely audible. The pendulum swing is good, and the visible card tempo scale is fully legible with no old cleaning attempts evident. It does run a little fast, which may indicate that the upper pendulum weight has been lost / replaced at some point in the past but this is easily corrected by setting the weight 4bp slower than what is required. i.e for 60 bpm set the upper weight to56bpm ( one notch above your required tempo ).
One foot has been lost and replaced on the rear of the underside but this does not impact the performance. The card tempo scale is clear and readable and with the firms trademark of an anchor, clearly visible to the lower third. While the fixtures and fittings have suffered the brunt of some poor handling or storage over the years,  the external case and overall look of this metronome has survived very well. It performs well, has a fully working bell, a Swiss pedigree and manufactured around the turn of the Century. The woodwork itself looks to be Pear wood although it could be another Fruitwood, sometimes it is a little hard to tell as the wood changes it's appearance over time and with handling etc. Thorens produced some fine looking metronome's early in production, this one is a prime example.


Beats per Min: 64*    Operating Time:  45 Minutes

 Paquet or Cocks Victorian Mahogany Metronome ( SOLD - Order Number - M115 )

 Firstly we should say that we a little confused by the configuration on this metronome. The door emblem to the front suggests that the metronome is a London made piece by either the Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co firms. This however is contradicted by a Paquet style mechanism and very early Paquet style shell and tempo scale. We think that the door emblem has been added at a later date from a substitute metronome. That being said, date wise it is a very good match and suits the metronome perfectly. Our pictures show the exterior case as being Golden in colour. While the finish is a very high quality Mahogany, in hand it has more of a chocolate tone. It would date to around 1890, possibly earlier, with no major damage or scratches to note, externally the metronome is excellent. Lovely visible grain and a nice dark handling patina to the fittings. The replacement winding key has been artificially aged by us to suit.
 To the underside, the lower mechanism protective door is missing and some old woodworm holes are visible to the feet slats ( filled and no longer an issue). The three original bun feet are intact and along with a possible boxwood tempo scale are key indicators of Victorian production. It runs very well and has a nice strong tone, a strong swing and is quite loud in terms of the audible return from the action. It is running a little fast at 63 beats per minute but this is easily rectified by setting the upper pendulum a little slower than corresponding tempo scale mark. This is possibly down to the thorough clean of all the major mechanism components . Also if we where to be extremely critical it does, ever so slightly favor the right swing of the pendulum. Hardly visible and probably something you would never notice had we not mentioned it here. This in no way affects the performance or tempo. The mechanism itself is clean and provides a good strong total runtime of around 50 minutes. The performance on this particular unit benefits from not actually winding the piece to the absolute maximum. As with all antique metronome's, it is far better to stop one or two key turns shy of fully compressing the mainspring, settle for a slightly reduced runtime and add decades to the longevity of the mainspring.
 This lovely metronome is a one looker when it comes to antiquity. Not only does it have the appearance of a well cared for, quality collectable but it also has the performance to match. A strong and loud metronome with a very capable mainspring suggesting minimal use over the course of this units lifetime and a virtually undamaged exterior. Did we mention it is over 120 years old?.


Beats per Min: 63      Operating Time: 50 Minutes
 

 Cocks or Cramer & Co Walnut Victorian Metronome + Bell  ( £159 - Order Number - M116 )

 This Victorian metronome from either of the Robert Cocks or Cramer and Co London based firms has a wonderful aged and antiqued appearance. It dates to 1893 and has the hand written date of 1/93 inside the mechanism compartment. It is Walnut with a high quality Burr Walnut Veneer frontage and retains all of the original fixtures and fittings, with the lower door etc still in place,  the winding key however is a replacement. The exterior does show some age and handling wear, the factory lacquered finish is a little scratched and worn in places on all panels mainly along the edges but the actual base wood under this top coat has survived very well and the majority of the upper lacquered finish remains. From the front this metronome looks fantastic, the Burr Walnut Veneer still showing the quality and the extra lengths that these London based manufacturers went to regarding the appearance of their metronome's.
The door retaining pins have caused minor holes to the lower door edge, this is a common occurrence on all metronomes' without a full door hinge and is nearly unavoidable on a metronome dating to the Victorian era. The full brass external fittings have darkened to a deep chocolate colour with handling patina, the front door emblem still showing glimpses of the original gilt finish that it once held. The boxwood tempo scale is in excellent condition and flanked by quality Rosewood panels, the hand punched lettering and numbering to the scale being unique. Unusually, this scale is not marked with the manufacturers name and neither does the mechanism bear a serial number, it does however bear a unique Roman Numeral dedication stamped into the underside woodwork of XXIII.
 This unit came to us in a non-working condition and with mainspring issues. this spring has been replaced. The bell has been removed fully cleaned and aligned and is fully working on all four settings, the number 6 setting can be a little temperamental. It has a good tone and is relatively loud. The tempo itself on this metronome is well balanced, has a strong swing and a fairly high pitched wooden tone. There is a little residual noise from the bell even when disengaged when you are stood right on top of the metronome, this is caused by vibration on the bell hammer but really is very minor and you have to listen for it. It runs at 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of 45 minutes
 This is a great example of a London manufactured metronome, it has a great antiqued appearance and finished with  desirable Walnut panels and a quality Burr Walnut Veneer. In hand, the unit is a little darker than how it display's in our pictures, the scratches and marks are less evident to the naked eye and although the external finish does show wear and tear, at  130 years old, we think it should be forgiven.

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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