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  • Hooghys Organ Pages A website dedicated to the history and instruments of the Belgian organ builder Louis Hooghuys.

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  • Mechanical Music Digest The Mechanical Music Digest (MMD) is a moderated forum, published daily on the Internet and distributed primarily by e-mail.  Forum participants can exchange information and get answers to questions about mechanical music.  Forum accounts are free. Traffic seems to primarily concern pneumatic instruments (band organs, player and reproducing pianos, etc.)

  • The Talking Machine Forum 

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  • MBSI Video

    • MBSI's Marvels Of Mechanical Music
              Part 1 Introduction
              Part 2 Music Boxes as a Form of Computer
              Part 3 Music of Yesteryear
              Part 4 The Art of Imitation
              Part 5 Bringing it Back to Life
              Part 6 Why Collect?
              Part 7 Fairground Organs
              Part 8 Friendship and Music

 

 

 

  • Player/Reproducing Pianos

    • Manufacturing piano music rolls  The QRS Company (now called QRS Music Technologies) has been making piano rolls for more than 100 years.  Here is a short video that shows how they still do it.

 

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  • Members of the Snowbelt Chapter of MBSI were given the opportunity to provide Christmas music played on automatic musical instruments for the Christmas broadcast of Garrison Keillor's "A Prarie Home Companion" on National Public Radio on December 19, 2015.  Read the story of this event beginning on page 33 of the March/April 2016 edition of Mechanical Music. Click HERE to hear the complete broadcast, which opens with Silent Night played on a 20 3/4" Regina.  Other instruments appear at different times during the show.

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