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Links to Resources for Mechanical Music
An organized list of resources related to Mechanical music, including firms who offer services and supplies for all types of mechanical musical instruments.

Compiled by / Send updates to: Jody Kravitz
Compilation Copyright (C) 1999-2017 by Jody S. Kravitz
Last updated: January 01 2016 10:28:35.

Piano Music Rolls - Sales/Perforators
Music Boxes, Disks, and Cylinders
No Longer In Business
Roll Mail Auctions
Organ Rolls / Strips / Cardboard
Restoration Supplies
Piano Discs
MIDI Supplies
Instrument Manufacturers
Museums / Libraries / Universities
Discussion Groups
Player and Reproducing Piano
Dealers and Restoration
Crank / Barrel-Organs
Appraisal and Shipping Services

Discussion Groups

DescDiscussion of piano reproducing and recording systems. Marantz Pianorecorder, Superscope Piano recorder, "Keyboard Immortals" with Joseph S. Tuchinsky. Althanasius Kirchner inventor of mechanical organ, Joseph Hoffman, Welte and Sons German vorsetzers front sitting piano player. Ampico and Duro-Art reproducer piano rolls. Any discussion embracing and related to the above.

DescE Roll Collectors is a forum for the discussion of topics related to electronic music files derived from original piano rolls. Preferred topics for discussion are: 1 The music itself including comments on specific performers and performances. 2 Hardware and software issues related to the playback of these virtual piano rolls on a variety of systems including original pneumatic instruments and modern reproducing pianos and all other MIDI capable devices. 3 Any other topic that is of interest to those who collect and enjoy these recorded performances, including but not limited to history and opinions.

VendorFofAM (Friends of AMICA)
Desc"Friends_of_Automatic_Music" [FofAM] is a discussion group for members of AMICA [Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors' Association]. You *MUST* provide your Name AND Address so the AMICA Membership Secretary can verify your acceptance to this group.

DescChat Group for posting messages to the GLBT community of collectors of automatic musical instruments.

VendorOrchestrelles - Orchestrelle Owners
DescThis group is for sharing information, questions, pictures of and general promotion of the Aeolian Orchestrelle. You can request parts, ask for a description of how something works or sell your rolls.

DescThe Piano Roll Digest is a moderated fourm for the discussion of the creation of new player piano rolls via MIDI and other means.

DescFor anyone interested in exchanging ideas, tips, tricks, and other general information about player pianos and the effort required to rebuild them. This group was started to allow hobbyists and professonals a forum in which to discuss and search for all things related to rebuilding and enjoying player pianos.

DescThe International Association of Mechanical Music Preservationists (IAMMP) is a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of music rolls. Our official website is at Music rolls, developed in the mid 1800's, were used in player reed organs, push-up piano players, player pianos, and similar instruments. Much of this music is in danger of being lost as the paper rolls continue to deteriorate. IAMMP members are constructing electronic scanners, based on the pioneering work of Richard Stibbons, to convert the punched paper music into digital form. The digital files are being archived and converted to appropriate data formats to be played on the computer, Disklaviers and similar instruments or, in a different form, used to operate perforators to create fresh rolls of original accuracy. Membership in this group is open to anyone who has an interest in helping to preserve our mechanical music heritage. Use of the information contained in this e-group is primarily for hobby purposes. However, certain commercial uses of the information may be permitted, as described in the group's charter. For access to the group's charter, music and technical databases, set your browser to

VendorWurlitzer 105 Builders
DescThis group is for builders and enthusiasts of Wurlitzer's Model 105 Band organs either original or from Bob Stanoszek's or other plans. Other band organ builders or rebuilders or enthusiasts are welcome as well. Here we share building tips, missing information, nitty gritty details and anything useful for the construction and maintenance of these organs.

VendorDisklavier File Swappers
DescFor owners of Yamaha Disklavier pianos to swap non-classical musical performance files in Midi & E-Seq formats

VendorDisklavier Users' Group
WebPageDUG Group
DescSponsored by Yamaha

VendorMechanical Music Digest (This website!!)
DescMechanical Music Digest is moderated forum distributed as a daily digest. Archives of past postings are available on the website. Discussions open to any topic related to mechanical music, including announcements of items for sale. The website offers diverse resources, among them an extensive links page and a list of suppliers of products related to mechanical music.

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