The AMICA Bulletin
Members also 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. (contact our Membership Secretary for more information from the Our Organization page)
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Some Technical 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 by 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.
Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes
1881 - 1920
A History, Catalog Raisonné, and Appreciation
An AMICA Publication for 2017 By "Q. David Bowers"
Click here to preview the index and introduction
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Consistent within AMICA's stated objective of " ... educating the public about the historical and cultural significance of automatic musical instruments.", AMICA is about to publish a new book Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes, authored by the elder statesman, Q. David Bowers. This book is of equal magnitude and importance to David's earlier monumental Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, published in 1972, which is still an excellent reference.
This high-quality book, with 43 chapters, 715 pages and some 1 ,600+ images, is a "must have" book for all AMICAns and others sharing an interest in disc music boxes. A classic coffee table type book to be prominently displayed in members' homes, it is certain to provoke interest in automatic musical instruments, and enhance membership numbers. After many years of gathering new information, David has skillfully traced the origins and development of disc music boxes from the 1880's to the early 1920's. This book contains information about disc-type music boxes made in Germany, Switzerland, America, and a few other places, much of which is new information not previously published. Each company has its own chapter, beginning with its history, publicity and news as reflected in German and American trade papers and elsewhere, followed by a listing of models in order by disc sizes, original catalogue illustrations, specifications, and other rarely found information. Throughout is a "gallery" of full color photographs showing examples from private collections and museums around the world.
Members are encouraged to participate in this outstanding offering. Non-members may take advantage of this offer if they join AMICA, where they will also enjoy reduced prices for future books planned for release.
- Terry Smythe
"Mechanical Music" by Kevin McElhone
(In it's Third-Printing!)
Available directly through Kevin McElhone
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
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