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55th annual - AMICA CONVENTION
BLACK HILLS - South Dakota
June 3 - 8, 2018

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

The AMICA Bulletin

How to Submit Articles, Reports or Original Literature for publication.

AMICA Bulletin is a bi-monthly journal devoted to mechanical music. The Bulletin includes new articles about artists and events related to mechanical music, technical pieces, reprints of ads from the heyday of the player piano, reports on chapter activities and other good stuff. 

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Members receive AMICA Bulletin as a membership benefit. Back issues are sold as single copies, as available, or bound annuals for the years 1971 through 1999.

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Single copies. 
$6 each. Order single copies from our AMICA Membership Secretaries:
Lyle Merithew / Sandy Swirsky
416 Colfax Dr.
San Jose, CA 95123-3403

Bound annuals
$24 per year. Postage paid.  
Stuart Grigg
(Make checks payable to "AMICA International")
Grigg Graphic Services, Inc.
20982 Bridge Street
Southfield, MI 48034
Fax: (248) 356-5636

The AMICA Membership Directory

AMICA members receive a copy of the AMICA Member Directory as a membership benefit. 

The Directory is publish bi-annually, and contains a listing of members and their contact information and their published instrument list. Data is sorted by Last name and by State/Region for easy indexing. Members may also order additional copies. $25 each.

This publication is NOT FOR SALE to non-AMICA Members.

Order from: Lyle Merithew / Sandy Swirsky (See contact info above)



Exclusively though AMICA ...

Sold out as of October 2015

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"Mechanical Music" by Kevin McElhone
(In it's Third-Printing!)

Available directly through Keven McElhone

As an AMICA project, the Midwest Chapter has available the book "Mechanical Music" by Kevin McElhone for a very reasonable cost.  The 4"x 8" paperback book is an excellent introduction to all aspects of automatic musical instruments including history, descriptions, and basic principles of operation.  The book has 48 pages with over 100 color photographs including a photograph of J. Lawrence Cook at his arranging piano.  The book is ideal to acquaint individuals to automatic music and encourage prospective collectors to participate in AMICA.  AMICA members who host groups and individuals for display and demonstration of their instruments should have a number of copies on hand to make available to people that wish to learn more and/or have a memento of their visit.  Each book will
be provided with a large AMICA label on the inside front cover and an AMICA membership pamphlet insert.  

Synopsis: The sound of a street "barrel organ" or a fairground organ may revive distant memories for older folk or stir an interest in younger people.  Wealthier families may have possessed their own automatic musical machines in the form of a player piano, a Polyphone, Regina, or cylinder music box.  If well treated, these instruments may still be in working order.  This book covers the history, development, use, and fall from favor of many types of exotic instruments, from pocket-sized musical boxes to roll-playing pipe organs, and everything else in between.  It describes pianolas, organettes, roller organs, orchestrions, carillons, and many more.  It introduces a complex subject in a way that will encourage readers to visit collections open to the public or join one of the societies that encourage restoration of instruments to their former glory.


Introduction - Including a family tree chart
Music Boxes - Including cylinder & disk of many types and manivelles
Street Instruments - Including roll & barrel monkey organs, fairground organs, street organs, and barrel pianos
Player Pianos - Including Pianola (push up), barrel & planchette, standard & reproducing roll played, coin,  nickelodeon, and  orchestrions
Indoor Organs - Including table top organettes of many kinds, barrel pipe, roll played reed, dance, and orchestral 
Other Instruments - Including novelty, violin players, singing birds, musical clocks, carillons, automatons, player harps, and photoplayers
Musical Societies
Further Reading
Places to Visit


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Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association,
a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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