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

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

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, and ....

A collection isn't necessary to belong!

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.

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). Annual Membership Meetings are held during the convention to discuss national association policy. Local Chapters form a network across the world. These chapters meet regularly and offer social and technical interchange.

WE ATTEND CONVENTIONS: Annual Conventions are sponsored by local chapters to highlight their regions and local collections. This meeting gives members the chance to enjoy collections, see interesting people, places and things, and they allow AMICAns to make friends with collectors from the world over.  Conventions are  hosted by enthusiastic chapter members who share an interest in all facets 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.

 

                                                 AMICA Bulletin Covers from the Past
Archived in the Members Only Section are digital copies of over 400 AMICA Bulletins dating back to 1964, that members can access for research and nostalgic pleasure. Here are what some of the covers looked like. Click on any to display full size.


Nov-Dec 1972


Dec 1976


Nov-Dec 1988


Nov-Dec 2012

 

Preview our Current Bulletin on our Publications page

56th Annual
AMICA Convention Preview

Seattle, Washington
July 2-7, 2019


 

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Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881-1920

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


Listen to Duo-Art's ...

  
Use the Controls above to stop/start music
Audio was recorded from John Del Carlo's 1930 Weber "FR" Duo-Art Grand piano

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