The Merry meadMaker Music Box Guide

Hello Lovelies! This guide was created to help you find all the musical instruments throughout Western Skyrim to finish the achievement “An Instrumental Triumph” from Greymoor and get a music box furnishing called Music Box, The Merry Meadmaker. This furnishing opens and closes and plays music! It is a single bound furnishing item, so you can only have one in a single one of your houses. Click here to hear what it sounds like. 

Music Box, The Merry Meadmaker
Music Box, The Merry Meadmaker. Illusion magic is being used here to show you what it looks like both opened and closed.

To start, lets head to Solitude in Western Skyrim and find the NPC named Lieborn who is inside the Bard’s College.  Leiborn starts off saying “How would you like to become a legend?” I dunno, this kind of sounds like a start of a scam but you really do feel bad for him when you notice all the instruments missing from the Bard’s College.

    Western Skyrim Bard's College Location


  Solitude - Bard's College Location




It seems that a bard, Nel, has hidden the instruments to stop the two factions within the Bard’s College from fighting. They fought over whether to play these instruments or preserve them. Sadly, she has died with the knowledge of where they are hidden and now we must help Leiborn find the instruments.

Follow Leiborn’s lead and take the quest called “Orchestrations.” Use the Sapphire Society Disguise that Leiborn gave you and head to the auction location. The auction enforcer will ask you the password to get in the house. Remember, it is: “A jewel of blue rules the view.”

You’ll find that the Petraloop has already been sold. Speak to the drunkest and shortest Sapphire Magnate and you are offered a choice of buying the instrument for 693g or stealing it from where it is being kept.

Whatever path you choose, once you have the Petraloop return it and the note “Nel’s Hidden Love” will be available to pick up on the table in the Bard’s College. The note contains all the necessary clues to find the other instruments.

Nel’s Hidden Loves

You who quibble,
Disagree, take sides:
Relics of song,
Encyphered here hide.

Bards’ legend first,
I keep it with me.
Its import true
Though worn lovingly.

Haafinger, go!
The hilt of a blade.
Jade shadows hide
Magnificent caves.

At western mine
A long storehouse march.
Dragged across two
Holds, steady an Arch.

Great creature’s home,
Westest of Western.
North frost grotto
Frigid, sequestered.

Hjaalmarch; A Jarl
Holds court above all.
Stirring Nord graves.
A maze of cold walls!

Towers that lower
Bear weight of great tales.
Following sleep,
The seas this one sails.

To Karthald; Turn
Winds. Watching Jarl’s foes.
Fall upon South.
Brisk breezes freeze toes.


Then to the Dark;
A dwemer does take.
Empty, falls light
At waterfall’s break.

Sunsets in dark,
Miners do covet.
A junk-heap’s gem,
Lord Chaurus above it.

Towers do form
From fungus that grow.
Deep keep above
and lava below.


There are a total of 18 other instruments to find and return to the Bard’s College which you can do at any time. Below are maps of where the instruments located in Western Skyrim and Blackreach: Greymoor Caverns.

Western Skyrim: Location of Musical instruments

  Western Skyrim Instrument Locations

   Blackreach Instrument Locations


1) Petraloop
2) Jahar Fuso’ja
3) Tenderclaw
4) King Thunder
5) Long Fire
6) Shadow of Rahjin
7) Jarlsbane
8) Shriek-of-Silk
9) Sky-Talker
10) Dozzen Talharpa

11) Kothringi Leviathan Bugle
12) Lodestone
13) Lilytongue
14) Ateian Fife
15) Pan Flute of Morachellis Hag-Husband
16) Lute of Blue Longing
17) Highmourn Dizi
18) Reman War Drum
19) Chime of the Endless

2) Jahar Fuso’ja – Inside Sword’s Point Watchtower

          Jahar Fosu'ja Location

     Jahar Fuso’ja

3) Tenderclaw – Inside Shadowgreen delve near a waterfall

          Tenderclaw Location


   Shadowgreen - Tenderclaw Location




4) King Thunder – At Mor Khazgur inside the main house

        King Thunder Location


   King Thunder


5) Long Fire – At Dragonbridge at the base of a watchtower

        Long Fire Location

       Long Fire

6) Shadow of Rahjin – Inside Dragonhome delve behind a pillar

            Shadow of Rahjin Location


     Dragonhome - Shadow of Rahjin Location


      Shadow of Rahjin


7) Jarlsbane – South of Northern Watch Ritual Site inside a cave

     Jarlsbane Location




8) Shriek-of-Silk – In Morthal, inside Jarl Reddharn’s Hall, up the stairs to the highest level, on top of a wardrobe

       Shriek-of-Silk Location 


9) Sky-Talker inside the Labyrithian Dungeon at the back of a barrow behind a chair

        Sky-Talker Location


        Labyrinthian - Sky-Talker Location




10) Dozzen Talharpa – behind a great lift south of Shademother’s Haven

       Dozzen Talharpa Location

      Dozzen Talharpa

11) Kothringi Leviathan Bugle – in the deck of a broken ship south of the Silver Cormorant

          Kothringi Leviathan Bugle Location

     Kothringi Leviathan Bugle

12) Lodestone – at the base of a windmill northwest of Karthwatch

       Lodestone Location


13) Lilytongue – inside Chillwind Depths delve

              Lilytongue Location


              Chillwind Depths - Lilytongue Location




14) Ateian Fife – Blackreach – Northwest of Dusktown wayshrine, up a ramp inside a hole in the wall

       Ateian Fife Location

   Ateian Fife

15) Pan Flute of Morachellis Hag-Husband – Blackreach – Take the path east from Lightless Hollow wayshrine and follow it as it turns south. The instrument is on the left just before you reach a waterfall that has a skyshard.

       Pan Flute of Morachellis Hag-Husband

   Pan Flute of Morachellis Hag-Husband

16) Lute of Blue Longing – Blackreach – Inside Nchuthnkarst Dungeon

            Lute of Blue Longing Location


            Nchuthnkarst - Lute of Blue Longing Location


            Lute of Blue Longing


17) Highmourn Dizi – Blackreach – Inside The Scraps delve

          Highmourn Dizi Location


          The Scraps - Highmourn Dizi Location


          Highmourn Dizi


18) Reman War Drum – Blackreach – West of Greymoor Keep wayshrine, find the mushroom formation pictured below. Jump on top of a path of mushrooms until you reach the top to reach the instrument inside a crate.

            Reman War Drum Location


            Reman War Drum Mushroom Formation


            Reman War Drum


19) Chime of the Endless – Blackreach – Within the Greymoor keep walls, on a ledge on a cliff face you have to drop down onto

       Chime of the Endless Location

   Chime of the Endless

Once you have recovered and returned the instruments Leiborn will give a final quest called “A Salskap To Remember”. Go ahead and celebrate with song, dance and cheer! Afterwards, you will complete the achievement ‘An Instrumental Triumph’ and a bound furnishing item: Music Box, The Merry Meadmaker will be added to your inventory. When you are inside one of your houses, the furnishing item can be found in the ‘Services’ section in the housing editor, under ‘Music Boxes’.

Music Box, The Merry Meadmaker in Housing Panel