Musical Urns for Ashes: Types, Prices & Where to Buy

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For singers, composers, musicians, and all those afternoon two-steppers, music made them feel like anything was possible, and that joy was just about as contagious as it could get. So, whether your loved one was a gifted artist or simply loved music of any and all kinds, you can honor that passion with a commemorative musical urn.

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Not only did we find some unique hand-crafted items, but we’ve also discovered where you can find them and how much you’ll expect to pay.

What’s a Musical Urn for Cremated Remains?

Musical urns are essentially music-themed urns, such as urns adorned with musical notes, instruments, and the like. 

They’re just like most other urns used for cremated remains. The difference, however, is that they have an additional musical feature. Many people choose them as reminders of their loved one’s artistry, passions, hobbies, or simply because they were eternal sweethearts and danced through life together.

You can keep them at home, place them in a columbarium or museum, or even bury them. However, if you choose to place your urn outdoors, be sure to take the proper precautions to ensure its safety and longevity.

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Different Types of Musical Urns.

Audiophiles and music lovers will appreciate the selection of urns below, no matter what medium suited them best.

Display urns

Personalize and display one of these musical urns at home or in a location where all of your loved ones can see it and fondly reminisce over the many significant memories they shared with the departed.

1. Treble clef cremation urn

A golden treble clef sits atop a rectangular black urn base. Here you typically have the option to engrave the included silver plaque with four lines of custom dedications and memories. From order to arrival, the turnaround is about two whole weeks. Keep in mind that additional requests or artwork may delay the order time.

2. Electric guitar urn

Made from walnut, the electric guitar urn is a rectangular-shaped box with a clear acrylic panel on the front. You’ll have the option to personalize the urn with your loved one’s name, date of birth, and date of passing. You may also include an additional message to your loved one, like a bible passage, such as Isaiah 43:1.

3. Drum set urn

A red and silver-colored miniature replica of a full-size drum set rests atop a red stage and black urn. With a larger storage space, it’s suitable for weights up to 225lbs pre-cremation. Request a nameplate in silver or gold with up to two lines of engraving.

4. Music lover’s urn

Handcrafted with care from heavy-duty aluminum, the dark blue music lover’s urn is heavy and durable with a felt base and secure, threaded lid. It comes with silver accents and an image of an acoustic guitar. You can usually personalize this urn at no additional charge.

5. Stainless steel guitar

Personalize and engrave an urn shaped like a miniature steel guitar. Upload an image or choose from a dropdown list of icons and add up to two lines of custom messaging. Use it as a scattering urn or place it atop a table with an optional guitar stand.

6. Solid zinc and bronze urn

For this urn, vintage-looking rolled sheet music adorns a heavy, bronze overlay urn. Rectangular in shape and upright, the urn has a bottom opening and will support ashes inside of its 220 cubic inches of space. At a weight of 15 pounds, this pricey urn is suited for a pride-of-place display anywhere in your home.

7. Electric guitar and amp

For the guitar-loving rock-n-roller, look for a replica six-string electric guitar that gently rests against an amp atop cold cast resin. Personalize the black metal plaque with four lines of gold-tone writing.

8. Wooden urn with banjo

Made from poplar wood and adorned with a miniature banjo, this dark-colored urn measures 9” x 9” x 4”. Choose from four lines of gold-colored engraving at no additional charge. Fill it in at the bottom and secure it with four screws.

9. Mother of pearl treble clef

Inlay atop a black lacquer vase urn is a treble clef made from mother of pearl. Its iridescent pinks and blues stand out, creating a unique urn for that one-of-a-kind music lover. As it is hand-crafted, the manufacturer states that some variation will occur.

10. Brass, metal, and wooden urn 

Reminiscent of stand-up radios from the 1930s and 1940s, this urn will suit the dance hall swing king or queen. On the front side of the urn, you will see swirling bars of notes and a large treble clef, along with room to personalize a nameplate with up to four lines of text.

Cremation jewelry

Miniature musical notes and instruments make for unique urns in memory of a loved one. But as unique as they are, nothing comes close to how individually wonderful your loved one was and will remain in your heart.

1. Stainless steel treble clef with engraving option

The treble clef is that beautiful, spirally G-looking note at the beginning of a line of music. As cremation jewelry, you’ll fill its hollowed center with just a pinch of cremated ashes. Options include, but are not limited to, front-adorning crystals and personalized engraving on the back.

2. Stainless-steel eighth note, also known as a quaver 

Similar to the treble clef, this quaver is made from hollowed-out stainless steel, which you can fill with just a pinch of ashes. The delicate design is sturdy nonetheless, and you can wear it on a stainless-steel chain. As stainless steel is susceptible to rust and damage, we recommend routine cleaning of the jewelry and removing it when immersing yourself in water.

3. Gold and silver guitar pick

Detailed with a 3D headstock, silver tuning pegs, and contrasting 18K gold accents over silver, the guitar pick pendant is perfect for the guitar lover or player. Engrave the backside with two lines of up to 20 characters max on each line. It arrives with a black satin cord, making the chain an additional purchase.

4. Acoustic guitar or drum urn

Making custom acoustic guitar or drum urns starts with a carved wax resin mold or cast. After creating the mold, the artist will cast the urn out of clay using the mold, fire it in the kiln, and sand it down once cool. Then, the artist will add the cremains to the miniature guitar or drum (keep in mind you will need to send the cremains to the artist in advance, as you will not be able to open the urn).

Next, a sheet of metal is soldered on the back to hold the ashes inside permanently. After that, the jewelry components are added, and finally, the instrument is polished. 

5. Saxophone pendant

Clear white crystal keys adorn this silver saxophone pendant. Buy it wholesale or in bulk. You’ll find a small silver screw with threading to permanently or semi-permanently affix shut at the base. Order one just for you or for your immediate family, as well. 

6. Headphone pendant

This tiny replica of a pair of headphones will hold a pinch of ashes from your loved one. Order it in black, gold, silver, rose gold, or the beautifully iridescent “colorful” option. There’s very little room for ashes, so it’s only suitable for the tiniest amount of cremains.

How Much Do Musical Urns Typically Cost?

Funeral expenses are continuously increasing, so you might be wondering, how much does a musical urn usually cost?

Musical urns typically have a starting price of around $30 but can cost more than $500 depending on the materials used, engravings, and complexity of the custom images used. For custom requests, however, there is virtually no limit to how much you can spend.

Pro-tip: whenever you’re ordering online, you’ll want to look for the “satisfaction guaranteed” line, especially for the more expensive urns. If you don’t see one, call them to speak with a representative so you can be confident you’ll be satisfied with your purchase for years to come.

Where Can You Buy Musical Urns Online?

Many people are shopping online for the sake of convenience amidst their busy lives. Listed below are some of the best places for you to buy musical urns online from the comfort of your home.

Funeral home websites

Since many funeral homes websites now list a wide array of options, you may find that it’s one of the most accessible places to shop for a musical urn for a few reasons: 

  • The urn can be shipped directly to the funeral home, meaning there are no extra phone calls, emails, or correspondence to fulfill the request.
  • Guaranteed satisfaction is a given considering funeral home directors are there to take care of you and your family in times of great need.
  • They’ll fill the urns for you so that you don’t have to.
  • You can take care of all preparations in one location.

Aside from service expectations, you’ll be sure to receive a quality product when you buy from a funeral home. Vendors who do business with them want to maintain a long relationship, so the product you receive will reflect that expectation.

Online retailers

Plugin some keywords in your search engine and click enter. After that, scroll through the image selection to find what you’re looking for in a musical urn. An abundance of options will pop up, and you can click on each one to discover any details or engraving options.

Make sure you check out the reviews of that retailer, too. Often, retailers locate customer reviews at the bottom of the page so you can find out how others have felt about their experience shopping with them.

If you don’t see anything listed, give them a call. It’ll only take a minute. Suffering grief and loss shouldn’t be compounded with faulty products or services that add unnecessary stress.

Custom artistry studios

Artisan crafters are listed online, but you often have to dig through the virtual haystack to find the best options. The easiest way to find them is to seek out online marketplaces—ones that showcase an abundance of small artisan studios and other retailers. Some examples of these marketplaces include Etsy, Amazon, and eBay.

As with anything you order online, check out the reviews to discover what the shopping and customer experience has been like for other people. Generally, with custom artistry studios, you’ll find stellar service that’ll fulfill your expectations. The products will likely be guaranteed, too. Just contact them to find out.

Box stores

Online box stores are the newest places to sell musical cremation jewelry and urns for ashes. Some of them are branching out to add more merchandise for their current customers. Look to receive the same service profile inside the store as you will online. 

Keeping Music in Your Heart

Look for a musical urn for that special somebody that will not only fit your loved one’s personality and interests, but that will remind you of them when they’re no longer nearby. 


Sources:
  1. Blenstock, Richard. “Show your six-string love for all eternity with this guitar-themed cremation urn.” Guitar World, Guitar World, n.d. guitarworld.com.
  2. In the Light Urns, In the Light Urns, n.d. inthelighturns.com.
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