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The AMICA Bulletin
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. Members receive the AMICA Bulletin as a membership benefit. Back issues are sold as single copies (as available) or bound annuals for the years 1971 through 1999. (contact our Membership Secretary for more information from the Our Organization page).

Members also receive a copy of the AMICA Member Directory as a membershipbenefit. 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. (contact our Membership Secretary for more information from the Our Organization page)

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Some Articles that have appeared in past Bulletins ...

The Choralcelo by C.W. Jenkins
Victor Arden and Adam Carroll, The Preeminent Piano Duo
by Barry Leedy
Welte Covered
by Denis Condon

J. Lawrence Cook Biography - Part 1 of 2
Jean Lawrence Cook M.D.

J. Lawrence Cook Biography - Part 2 of 2
by Jean Lawrence Cook M.D.
T-100 Welte-Mignon; The actual cost of Ownership
by Mark Reinhart
The Evolution of the Ampico
by Richard Howe and Jeff Morgan
Self-Tuning Pianos Soon to be a Commercial Reality
by Karl Ellison
Fidelity and the Ampico System by Nelson Barden, Jeff Morgan, Richard Howe
Tech-Tips: Ampico Modification Systems by Jeff Morgan
Tech-Tips: Duo-Art Accordion Pneumatics
by David Saul
History of the Player - McTammany
by Julian Dyer
- This *RARE* book was found by AMICA member Julian Dyer. This is an article about the book that appeared in the "Player Piano Group" Bulletin.

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Other Publications:

Exclusively through AMICA ...

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

Available directly through Kevin 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.

- 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

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