Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors'
Association Conceived and born in San
Francisco in 1963, is a non-profit, tax exempt group
devoted to the restoration, distribution and enjoyment
of musical instruments using perforated paper music
rolls and perforated music books. The natural growth
of the Association has broadened its interests over
the years to embrace many forms of vintage musical
instruments that will play by themselves by some
mechanical or electro-mechanical means. Instruments of
interest include player pianos, reproducing grand
pianos, nickelodeons, orchestrions, circus/fairground
organs, player pipe prgans, disk/cylinder music boxes.
Society International An
educational organization dedicated to the enjoyment,
study and preservation of automatic and mechanica
musical instruments. A Goal of the MBSI is to provide
information and education. Visit our entire website
and then join us.
Performance Live Performance manufactures
the LX Reproducing Piano system which may be installed
in almost any grand piano. No other retrofit system
comes close to the performance of the LX. With native
LX files the performance is stunning. Disklavier,
PianoDisc, Pianomation and Pianocorder files may be
used as well.
a software utility for Windows which allows you to
encode MIDI and ESEQ music files into the special CD
formats required for various types of electronic
player piano systems. These are CDs in which one
audio channel contains audio accompaniment while the
other audio channel contains a digital control track
for the piano (sometimes referred to as "analog
MIDI").This software currently supports
"Live Performance" LX, Yamaha Disklavier,
PianoDisc, QRS Pianomation and Marantz Pianocorder
Mechanical Music Digest One of the
most popular sites on the Web for anyone interested
in Mechanical Musical Devices and related topics.
Piano Group UK-based society welcoming
all owners and enthusiasts of the player piano in
all its varieties, founded by Frank Holland in 1959.
Holds regular social meetings and issues a quarterly
magazine covering all aspects of the hobby, plus
postal auctions of rolls.
Dyer piano rolls Maker of
perforated paper rolls for Duo-Art and 88-note
player pianos. Has a small catalog of
perforation-accurate replica rolls available
off-the-shelf. Offers a custom recutting service for
a wide range of titles, including most of those
offered on Spencer's eRolls, and creation of new
rolls from MIDI files."
Beigel's Web Site An excellent
resources for Yamaha Disklavier owners as well
as anyone interested in MIDI.
Paul Manganaro (E-Mail link only, no
web site) Full service piano and
pneumatic restoration. Authorized Chase
E-Roll Player installations
Ampico erolls. A CD-ROM collection of over 1440
Ampico erolls in BAR/ANN and MIDI formats is
now available from Peter Phillips, Australia.
Peter's CD-ROM was released in February 2001
at the AMICA convention in Melbourne. It comes
lots of documentation, and an easy to use catalog
system in which you simply click on the item in
the catalog to play it. Price of the CD-ROM is
Care A reference for all
your Player Piano needs. Very well organized and
site of the late and great Warren Trachtman. For the
best "Sound Fonts" to make your sound
module or PC sound card sound as much like a
piano as possible. Excellent samples, including
multi layered fonts give a realism that is
unmatched. Free samples and a very informative site.
Availability of various resources may vary now
Anyone who uses MIDI files, needs
this program. Dozens of useful functions. Simple
program with full help file does everything it
purports to do and does it extrmemly well and fast.
I have been using the program for years and continue
to find new uses for it. Excellent support although
rarely needed. Look here for MIDI functions before
looking any place else because anything done in
GNMIDI is unlikely to be done better elsewhere.
Van Basco's Midi
Player This is an excellent playlist
player for MIDI files. Not specifically designed
forE-Roll playing but simple and quick to learn.
source for Art Reblitz' book The Golden Age of
Automatic Musical Instruments; plus pages of detailed
historical information on automatic instruments by
Terry Hathaway and other authors; links to other
interesting automatic music sites."