The Musical Box
Society International is a non-profit
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
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.
Click here to become a member, or to renew your membership.