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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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The AMICA Membership Directory
AMICA members receive a copy of the AMICA Member Directory as a membership
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.
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"Mechanical Music" by Kevin McElhone
(In it's Third-Printing!)
Available directly through
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.
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
Music Boxes - Including cylinder
& disk of many types and manivelles
Street Instruments - Including roll &
barrel monkey organs, fairground organs, street organs, and barrel
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
Other Instruments - Including novelty,
violin players, singing birds, musical clocks, carillons, automatons,
player harps, and photoplayers
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