The model Lars sent arrived on Monday, and it is fantastic. He proposes to build a working music box out of ice for the Single Block Classic at Ice Art 2007. The model is finely constructed and works flawlessly. A ratchet prevents the crank from being turned the wrong way. The crank turns a cylinder by way of two gears. A pin on the cylinder lifts and drops a hammer that strikes the bottom edge of a vertical chime.
The model only plays one note, but it will be simple to add a small number of additional chimes. We'll make solid, rectangular ice chimes as, like Lars, I have no desire to make giant, hollow cylinders out of ice.
One question remains: What tune shall it play?