Australian Collectors of Mechanical Musical Instruments
Our aim is 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.
Collections among our members include Pianolas, Ampico, Duo-Art, Welte and Recordo reproducing pianos, as well as music boxes, harmoniums, Orchestrelles, Dance Hall and Fairground organs. Some members only own a Disklavier or similar modern instrument. That is, we are not dedicated only to early instruments, we embrace modern instruments as well.
We welcome members interested in any of the above instruments, or if you are interested in the music produced by these instruments. For example, you may have MIDI files of piano rolls that you play on a modern MIDI piano. Perhaps you enjoy pedalling a Pianola and are seeking more rolls.
Membership dues are $40 per year, renewable in August. Membership includes a bi-monthly bulletin that includes articles of interest, meeting details and general information.
There are six meetings a year, and dates are published in the ACMMI Bulletin. Meetings are generally at 3:00 pm. Venues include private homes and commercial organisations involved in mechanical music. Meeting venues are generally within the greater Sydney area or the Blue Mountains.
1930 art-case Duo-Art from a member's collection
An ACMMI meeting held at Bayview, 2017. The host (right) is talking about his collection of instruments, one of which is shown above.
updated 11 June 2017
website by Electronic Editorials, 2017
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Aeolian Harp study by Chopin, played by Howard Brockway
Recordings from Ampico rolls
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I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise by Gershwin, Original Piano Trio
Midnight Bells, composed and played by Fritz Kreisler