Some people like fanfare when they quaff a beer. Others like the companionship of music when they pour their tea. There are people who like to get a song with their time when they look at their watches, others who like to carry music with their keys or wear it around their necks. These are the people who shop at The Music Box Center, where music mechanisms are installed in everything from tables to papermills.All kinds of music, from "Hail to the Redskins" to Haydn. If you think a music box is just a music box, here is a place to be re-educated. There are, of Course, the traditional jewelry boxes and twirling figurines, but there are also updated versions - denim and patckwork boxes, Sesame Street figures. But the heart of the matter is the musical movement, which can run up to a three-cylinder extravaganza at $1350.Choose your mode - Broadway musical, opera, whatever - and you can have it installed in just about anyhting, even an alarm clock to wake you up humming.

Music Box Center, 918 F St. NWN. Open through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 783-9399.