Below are the details of our sister societies and the institutions with which we share our interest in mechanical musical instruments:
- Friends of The Pianola Institute – the Institute was launched in 1985 to breathe new life into player pianos around the world, and to lure them back into the mainstream of music by means of recordings, exhibitions, publications and archive and study facilities.
- Musical Box Society of Great Britain – an international organisation with members in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia who share an interest in mechanical music instruments.
- North West Player Piano Association – our sister society of around 80 enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation of player pianos, reproducing pianos and similar instruments. The NWPPA was founded in 1972 when a small group of around 15 people interested in “Pianolas” met to share their interest at a private house near Manchester.
- The Player Piano Association of South Wales and the West – originally formed in Cardiff in 1973, with the aim to share information, experience and enthusiasm. Members meet on a regular basis to enjoy collections belonging to other members and sing around the player piano to the music of yesterday. Hazel Atherton, Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Musical Museum in Brentford – fascinating range of self-playing instruments and music rolls tells the story of how people listened to music before the days of microphones and electronics. From the tiniest of clockwork musical boxes to the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ the collection embraces an array of sophisticated reproducing pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and self-playing violins.
- Australian Collectors of Mechanical Musical Instruments – established in 1971 to share mutual interests in mechanical musical instruments. Typically, the instruments owned by many ACMMI members were made in the early 20th century, but there are many modern examples among the membership, such as the Disklavier and PianoDisc MIDI player systems.
- Association des Amis des Instruments et de la Musique Mécanique – since 1975, the association has brought together the friends of mechanical instruments, to allow them to share their passion and encourage their meetings and exchanges.
- Gesellschaft für Selbstspielende Musikinstrumente e.V. – founded in 1975, the society has set itself the task of researching, preserving and maintaining the cultural assets of self-playing instruments. This international association comprises around 600 members, including many institutions such as musicology institutes, museums and national libraries, but especially collectors and enthusiasts of these instruments.
- Associazione Musica Meccanica Italiana – collaborates with various bodies and museums, organises professional training courses, social events and demonstrations. They also coordinate a study and research centre as well as publish a quarterly magazine.
- Nederlandse Pianola Vereniging – The Dutch Pianola Association, NPV, was founded in 1976 by a number of enthusiastic piano owners. These had rediscovered the possibilities of the instrument and believed that an association would be a good way to further develop and stimulate it.
- Schweizer Freunde Mechanischer Musik – founded in 1979 the association is dedicated to mechanical music from all over the world. This group holds regular social meetings, lectures and also publishes a regular journal.
- Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors’ Association – 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.