What type of metal would work best to make the piano (piano?) in music boxes? Answered
I have been wanting to make a music box in large scale. The music box I am referring to is a mechanism that when a crank is turned, a metal cylinder attached to the crank revolves. Attached to the cylinder are metal teeth, which pluck a piece of slotted metal, like in the picture below (which I will be referring to as the piano, because I have no idea what term is actually used to describe it). Usually these can be found in bookshops, and commonly play "somewhere over the rainbow".
As I mentioned, I want to construct one on a larger scale. The problem is, I do not know what to make the "piano" with. I tried an old tin lacquer can, but the metal proved to be too flimsy to produce the sound required. Then again, I don't want something too hard to where it cannot be plucked. Which type of metal would be best suited?
In my previous attempt, I just scaled the image below, traced and cut it out. Is there something that I'm missing, or is it just the metal?
I have been running dry on Google, and can barely produce any images of the item I am looking for.