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The Musical Box Society International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment, study and preservation of all automatic musical instruments. Chartered by the New York State Education Department, the Society is eligible to receive tax-deductible gifts. From its modest beginning in 1949, MBSI now numbers several thousand members with representation in each of the 50 states and nineteen other countries. Members receive the bimonthly scholarly journal Mechanical Music, covering educational articles, relevant events, activities, news, information, and advertisements, and the biennial Directory of Members, Museums, and Dealers. Regional chapters located in the U.S. and Japan enable members to visit collections where they swap ideas, information, and sometimes instruments.


Members who attend the annual convention enjoy presentations by invited speakers, workshops, organized tours to private and public collections, and the lively Mart where instruments find new homes.

The only requirements for membership are an interest in automatic musical instruments and the desire to share information about them.

If you own any item of mechanical music, from a music box (disc box or cylinder box), to a fairground organ or anything in between, such as a musical clock, singing bird box, band organ, reproducing piano, orchestrion, nickelodeon, musical snuff box, automaton or automatic musical instruments of any kind, membership in the Musical Box Society International (MBSI) is one of the best investments you'll ever make.

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