Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.

Leo Ornstein Literary Award

Presented for contributing in some way in a literary effort to further and promote the goals of AMICA - either by contributions to the Bulletin or by independent books, articles, etc. The contributions must have been made in the past two years. 

Past Winners

2004: Mike Barnhart - for his AMICA bulletin article "Mechanical Music Instrument Computer Interface" that was serially printed in three issues of the bulletin. It detailed the process of taking a Seeburg MO, and with the help of computer technology, making it sound like a large Weber Orchestrion.

2003: Rob Bopp - primarily for his work as editor of the book "The Carousel Organ", and also for his contributions to the AMICA Bulletin over the years.

2002: Bob & Ginny Billings

2001: (None this year)

2000: Denis Hall

1999: Jeffery Morgan

1998: Robin Pratt - For literary contributions to further and promote the goals of AMICA through service as AMICA publisher.

1997: David Saul - For writing the first technical article for the AMICA Bulletin, writing much of the reproducing piano section of "The Encyclopedia of Mechanical Musical Instruments", and work rebuilding instruments and research in the field. 

1996: Harvey & Marion Roehl - For publishing material vital to the restoration and historic appreciation of the hobby, producing music tapes, and working at conventions and meeting.

1995: Bob & Ginny Billings - For compiling and publishing information on Recordo and QRS rolls, and Ginny's work as Secretary and Bulletin editor.

1994: Richard J. Howe - For contributions to "Welte-Mignon: Its music and Musicians" and contributions to the Bulletin.

1993: Art Reblitz - For his books "Player Piano Servicing and Rebuilding" and "Piano Servicing, Tuning and Rebuilding"

1992: (no award presented)

1991: Emmett M. Ford - For major contributions to the Bulletin



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