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Wittner Maelzel Solid Wood Metronome - Cherry - With Bell - Model 811MK

Wittner Maelzel Solid Wood Metronome - Cherry - With Bell - Model 811MK

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Wittner Model 811MK Solid Wood Metronome - Cherry Stain - Matte Finish - With Adjustable Bell Chime

A beautiful, precision, pyramid-style, wooden metronome from Wittner. Solid wood exterior (not veneer or laminate) with cherry stain. Bell can be set to chime every 2, 3, 4, or 6 beats, or can be turned off. An extraordinarily handsome and reliable machine. A gorgeous addition to any music studio.

Q. I can't find the key to wind my metronome.
A. The key is stored on the bottom of the metronome for safety in shipping. Simply pull it from the storage slot and install. Replacement keys and pendulum weights are available to order.

Q. How do I wind my metronome?
A. Locate the key on the bottom of the metronome. Place in the hole on the side of the metronome and turn clockwise to thread it onto the metal shaft. When installing for the first time, you may find that you need to wiggle the key a bit, or adjust the angle, in order to get the key properly situated and onto the threaded shaft. Once the key is installed, simply turn clockwise until the metronome is fully wound

Q. How do I adjust the tempo on my metronome?
A. A small weight is attached to the pendulum (located at the very bottom of the pendulum when initially shipped). Simply adjust its position, up or down, to the desired speed.

Q. How do I turn on/adjust the bell?
A. The metal bell adjustment mechanism is located immediately above the winding key, on the right side of the metronome. When pushed in, the bell will not chime, though it is normal to hear a very faint, muffled, tap on the bell. (If this very faint sound is not desired, we recommend purchasing a model without the bell mechanism). Pull the mechanism out to set the bell chime to every 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 6th beat, according to the meter of the music being played.

Q. Can I leave the metronome wound, or do I need to let it unwind completely each time?
A. When putting the metronome into storage, Wittner recommends allowing the spring to completely unwind. However, the spring is designed to hold tension for long periods of time without ill effect. Under normal circumstances, with occasional use, the metronome may be left wound, or partially wound between practice sessions.

Q. Does Wittner use all metal parts?
A. No.  Under the solid wood exterior, Wittner uses a combination of metal and high-desnity, high-quality, composite gears and mechanical parts.  Metal expands and contracts with changing temperatures.  So, to ensure accuracy, certain working parts must be made of composite.  Where strength is required, as in the plate that holds the mechenasim to the solid-wood housing, metal is used.  The base, the black background behind the pendulum, and the feet are also composite.  

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
They have Plastic gears

I recently purchased a Wittner 818 Maelzel. Paid a pretty penny for this Metronome so I figured with the all wood design it would have metal gears. Nope, cheap plastic gears, underbelly cover and top latch all plastic. I would not have spent the money had I known they were cutting corners for profit. Does anyone make quality Metronomes these days? Save your money and buy a 20$ one on Amazon.

Hi G.B.,

I'm sorry to hear that you are displeased with the metronome. I will reach out to you, this morning, to arrange for a return and full refund. Wittner does indeed use a dense, black, composite plastic for some of the metronone's inner shell and working parts. Although I am not the manufacturer, I would like to pass along my general understanding of why they have made this choice:

Because metal expands and contracts with varying temperatures, a metronome made exclusively with metal workings would tend to be inaccurate and prone to malfunction. And a composite housing provides a strong and stable mounting for the mechanical inner parts - much more stable and durable than wood alone. So, although there may be a cost consideration as well (I'm sure the price would necessarily be much higher if all metal parts were used), I believe that the choice of materials here has more to do with ensuring that the metronome will be accurate, and continue working well for a lifetime, without needing to be adjusted or repaired.

But, I can see that we need to do a better job with our description of this product, and I will address that for future customers. And, as with everything we sell, if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we will assust you with returning it for your money back.

Eva Martin

Perfect color, works perfectly, perfect replacement of my 10 year old metronome that wore out. Great shipping experience, thank you

Product recieved

Shipping was fast and the product was wrapped and protected well, there was no damage.
The product has a nice wood finish, and functions perfectly.
I am disappointed in the product in three ways: the legs, the base, and the wood fitting.
The legs are plastic and the product can easily slide across a surface. Just a slight bump will move it. The base is made of plastic, so the product is extremely light, it can easily be knocked over or moved. The door is not perfectly aligned - there is a corner sticking out from the edge of the top.
The product functions perfectly as far as I can tell, but I am disappointed in how cheap it feels. I did not expect to see any plastic in this product at this price, I expected solid wood and metal and a weight to it which would secure it in place as it is used. I would not be surprised if vibrations from a piano or speakers would slowly move it across the surface to fall off whatever it was placed on.

Hannah MacLaren
the hunt for the perfect metronome

This is a gift to a friend who has just taken possession of a restored Steinway upright, c. 1890s, that had been in her family for generations. It was painted a deep blue. The restorer had been asked to redo the pads and the medal strings, but had become so fascinated with this instrument that he did a complete restoration. Thus is deserved an exceptional metronome. I'd hunted on the internet for several days until finding J.S. Fisher, with a most comprehensive array of metronomes, including the perfect one, cherry wood. I called and talked with them about what I wanted, the story of the piano. And they were encouraging, took my order, explained the delivery process. A most gracious and thoughtful experience. If I were younger....their instruments beckon.