Repairing a Merry-Go-Round Music Box?

January 8, 2012

I brought a Coney Island merry go round 4 years ago. The girls were too young to have it. Now at 5 years old, it's been packed away in the box, the carousel won't turn. The lights and music work, but the table won't turn. Is there anyone who can fix it? I payed $150. for it. It's a beautiful item.


By Lorraine from Washington, DC


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There is probably a speck of rust or dust interfering with the movement gears. The best thing to do with an item this costly is to take it to a jeweler for repairs, music boxes have such tiny parts that the specialised tiny jewelers tools (and repair skills) are what are needed to do the work.

If it were mine I wouldn't even try using a canned air spray to try to clean the insides because of the delicacy-too great a chance of dislodging a tiny vital piece, and possibly losing it altogether.

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Check first to see if it has a stop somewhere. Then you may need to take it apart and see if all the solder is alright. I would recommend you take it to someone who knows how to repair soldered items.


I have one too and I love it but it can be very hard to care for. I keep plastic over mine when not in use. Good luck.

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July 19, 2022

I've taken it apart and put it back together to find out what the issue was and it seems like it's missing something? When I first got it, the thing was wobbly. It's supposed to play music when I spin the lid but the horses and top just comes off.

I believe there's a piece missing and that's why it's wobbly. I found a video on YouTube and it's supposed to be a wind up. The top is supposed to allow it to be winded up.

A decorative carousel music box.
A close up of the music box.


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I have this exact same carousel sitting on a shelf in my office and it does wind by the top, which probably will make it difficult to repair.

There are several YouTube videos showing different segments of repair but I doubt these will help you. However, most of these sites have a contact link that you may be able to use to ask question.


At least it may be worth a try.

The following site is a 'repair' site but they have this comment in their ad so you might try them also.

"Sometimes we can talk you through repairing a simple problem
at even less expense to you.
Don't hesitate to contact us:
Call 888 88G CLEF (888 884 2533)"

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November 28, 2017

I have a San Francisco Music Company Merry-Go-Round. The music works, but not all horses go up and down. I cannot remove the center post.

I can get into the bottom, but how do I remove the tent top and get inside where the horses poles operate?

Repairing a Merry-Go-Round Music Box - carousel music box


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I would take this to a jewelry repair shop. They have the tiny tools needed to get into the mechanism.

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October 12, 20210 found this helpful

The brass ball on top unscrews and allows the top to be removed. I was then able to remove small screws on the underside of the top. There were six gears with a small plastic spur gear pushed on the end of the shaft. The shaft is approx.


2.95 mm in diameter. The gears had an outside diameter of 7 mm. and are 5 mm wide with 12 teeth. I ordered them from China through eBay, 10 gears for $1.49 plus shipping. I found the original gears to be cracked and broken.

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Do you have the link for the gears you bought on eBay ? Please email to Thank you

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