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The International Association of Player-Piano, Roll-Playing and Automatic Instrument Enthusiasts

AMICA, (pronounced "Am-ih-cah") the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association is an educational non-profit organization with worldwide appreciation of historic automatic musical instruments.
AMICA provides a lively forum for the sharing of the many aspects of our hobby

What's an Automatic Musical Instrument … a player-piano?
Yes, that's a start - but there's much more ...

Our members' interests vary widely, from collecting instruments and rolls and related items, from fascination with the mechanisms, to interest in the history and the technicians and the artists, to just plain listening to the music of these amazing instruments.
A collection isn't necessary to belong! 

AMICA was founded in San Francisco in 1963. Its goal has always been to introduce people from all walks of life to the beauty and value of automatic musical instruments. AMICA has prevented the destruction of many fine rare instruments that have been restored to their former glory. Not only that, but AMICA has placed many instruments in places where the general public can see, hear and enjoy these glorious instruments from the past.

Here are some of the things "AMICAns" do:

WE SHARE INFORMATION: The AMICA Bulletin is published regularly and offers articles, technical and historic information, biographical sketches, international and chapter news, as well as advertisements of interest to all collectors of automatic musical instruments.

WE MEET COLLECTORS: The Membership Directory lists fellow members and their collecting interests (available to members only). Local Chapters form a network around the world. These chapters meet regularly to socialize and share common interests in automated mechanical musical instruments.

WE HOST CONVENTIONS: Annual Conventions are sponsored by local chapters to highlight their local regions and instrument collections. This meeting gives members the chance to enjoy collections, meet and see interesting people, places and things, and they allow AMICAns to make friends with collectors from the world over.  Conventions are  run by enthusiastic chapter members who share an interest in all aspects of automatic musical instrument collecting. Informative workshops are presented as well as marts where members can buy and sell rolls and other items related to automatic musical instruments.


with Patriotic Music 

Stars and Stripes Forever, John Philip Sousa (1897)
  Gavin McDonough Ruth 36X

Washington Post March, John Philip Sousa (1889)
  arg. Mike Mills, Gavin McDonough Ruth 36X

The Black Horse Troop, John Philip Sousa (1924)
  arg. Andy Park, Glenn Thomas W165 6898-01

Anchors Aweigh, Charles Zimmerman (1906)
  arg. Rich Olsen, WS105

We'll Stand by the Flag, Violet E. MacAllister (1918)
  arg. Andy Park, Glenn Thomas W165



Next AMICA Convention:
Los Angeles, California
July 1 - 6, 2024

View and Download Convention Information And Registration Form



  Roll Scanning Archive
 The Technology and Craft of Roll Scanning

AMICA, as part of its commitment to preserve historical information about automatic musical instruments, has recognized that digital roll scanning and conversion to MIDI files is an important aspect of this specialty field, and so is curating a new archive featuring the Technology and Craft of Roll Scanning. It is introducing this new archive in a BIG way, by reconstituting Terry Smythe’s old website, Player Piano Rebirth, and is publicly hosting it on the AMICA website making it accessible to all. His old website is a tremendous resource for information on roll scanning. Take a look at AMICA's new Roll Scanning Archive!!




  Membership Benefits: 
     AMICA members receive the AMICA Bulletin, our journal of mechanical music, and a printed Membership Directory. Members also have the opportunity to meet others who share their interests through
Annual Conventions, and membership in Local Chapters
where they can attend meetings and meet mechanical music enthusiasts in their own region.


Preview our Current Bulletin
on our
Publications page


Encyclopedia of American Coin-Operated Pianos
and Orchestrions and Related Instruments.
By Arthur A. Reblitz & Q. David Bowers
An AMICA-International Publication

Encyclopedia of America Organettes
A History, Catalog Raisonné,
and Appreciation.
By Q. David Bowers
An AMICA-International Publication

Focus on AMICA Chapters
As published in the AMICA Bulletin Jul-Aug 2024

Besides AMICA membership generally, there are local chapters throughout the United States that you can also join. Chapters meet a few times or more per year. Meetings take place in member's homes, local venues of interest, and virtually. There's a small additional  chapter membership fee per household to help fund meetings. If  you have a passion for automated musical instruments, whether  you own any or not, and are interested in joining a local  chapter, you're encouraged to contact the Chapter Officers in your  area to find out when/where their next meeting will be: you can  usually attend as a guest first too, to see what it's like! You will  meet other friendly people who share a common interest in  automatic musical instruments! Before joining a local Chapter, you  must first be a member of AMICA International. Visit our  Membership page for more information on joining!


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Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association,
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