American Carousel Organ – An Illustrated Encyclopedia by
Ron Bopp. This is a wonderful book on the American band
organ – Wurlitzer, North Tonawanda, Artizan, Others.
Lots of original research, much more comprehensive than
the coverage in Bower’s Encyclopedia. 283 pages,
hardback, oversized 8 ½” X 11”. And it
includes a CD of the Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ, one of
the most popular band organs ever made! Highly
illustrated, interesting writing. We have purchased the
remaining stock from the author. Originally priced at
$59.995. While they last, only $45 postpaid anywhere in
the continental U.S. Quantity discounts.
of Automatic Musical Instruments by Q. David Bowers.
This is indeed the “bible” of automatic mechanical musical
instruments – history and description of instruments of all
types including music boxes, band organs, orchestrions,
reproducing pianos, monkey organs, paper roll organettes,
etc, etc. Wonderfully and extensively comprehensive. About
1000 pages, hardback, oversized 8 ½” X 11”. We can no longer
buy new copies of this book and are almost out of our stock
of new copies. We have about three of the new printing with
the green cover, new, $100 postpaid in the continental U.S.
We also typically have a couple of copies of the yellow or
orange cover printing, used, for $85 each postpaid in the
The Edinburgh Encyclopedia …The First American Edition. Sir
David Brewster (Editor). Eighteen Volumes Plus Two Volumes
of Plates. An extraordinary resource about the status of
the sciences in 1832, accompanied by two full volumes of
amazing plates (which are often seen sliced and selling for
high prices individually). Joseph and Edward Parker,
Philadelphia, 1832. Twenty volume set in calf. Approximately
10 ¼” X 8”. Covers/bindings fair to good and could certainly
use (and be well worth) rebinding. Some pages with light to
moderate foxing but contents generally in good to very good
condition. The two plate volumes have approximately 545
plates, some illustrations double-page or fold-out including
maps. Range of topics is extensive including geography,
agriculture, industry and engineering, botany, science, etc.
Sir David Brewster, incidentally, invented the kaleidoscope
and there is an interesting section on that invention –
these books represent an almost endless source of
fascinating reading and viewing. $2,200.
Barrel Organ. Ord-Hume. Difficult to find. Covers the
history of the barrel organ and some repair information.
Curious History of Music Boxes. Mosoriak. An early
mechanical music publication from around the 1940’s I think.
Brown cover, $55, (3). Green cover, $60, (2). Blue cover,
excellent condition, 2nd edition, rarely found $75. Green
cover, slight mildew odor, $40 (1).
Mechanical Musical Instruments. Buchner. Oversized book with
many rare instruments, Eastern European. Long out of print.
Black cover w/Dust Jacket $110 (2). Black cover without dust
jacket $90. Lime cover 1978 reprint without DJ $50.
Musical Boxes. Hoke. $40. (4)
Nickelodeon Theaters & Their Music, Q. David Bowers, as new
Player Piano. The History Of The Mechanical Piano And How To
Repair It. Ord-Hume. $75. (3)
Clockwork Music. Ord-Hume. An illustrated history of
mechanical musical instruments. Fine. $35. (18)
Musical Box Society Technical Bulletin. 1965-1978 in bound
volumes. $150 set. (1)
Rebuilding The Player Piano. Givens. $35. (2)
Cylinder Musical Box Handbook. Webb. Excellent guide to
restoring cylinder music boxes. 2nd Edition. Marked first
published in 1968. Hardback. (2) $60
The Musical Box Handbook. 2nd Edition. Volume 1. Cylinder
Boxes. Graham Webb. Paperback. (2) $50. (1) ex library $40.
From Music Boxees To Street Organs. Deward. Hardback, $40,
Piano Playing Mechanisms. White. $25 (1)
Player Piano Treasury, Roehl. A pioneering work on American
mechanical musical instruments. $80. (3)
Collecting Musical Boxes and How To Repair Them. An
excellent book on reapiring music boxes, both cylinder and
discs. Ord-Hume. $60. (6)
Put Another Nickle In. Q. David Bowers. $75. (3)
Antique Automatons. A La Vielle Russie. 1950 Exhibition.
Rare catalog from this outstanding exhibition. $150. (1)
Pictorial History of the Carousel. Fried. $50 (1)
Music Boxes. Tallis. $20. (0)
Alec Templeton’s Music Boxes. VG $35. (3) ; Good condition
no DJ, $25 (2).
The Story of the Music Box, Brown, with record. $50. (2)
World Of Cars, Automobile Quarterly. Ist Edition, 1971. $70.
Apollo Reproducing Rolls, supplement, December, 1926. 39
pages. $40. (1)
Apollo reproducing rolls, supplement, June, 1924. 123 pages.
How To Get The Most Out of your Victrola. $25. (1)
Beauty of Clocks, Pearson. $40. (1)
International Dictionary of Clocks. Alan Smith. $80. (1)
From Tinfoil To Stereo. Pioneering work on American
phonographs. 1st Edition, 1959, with dust jacket. $110.
Investing In Clocks And Watches, Cumhail. $45. (1)
Historical Pianos, N.E. Michel. $85. (1)
Piano Action Repairs, Kennedy. $35. (2)
Organs For America. Armstrong. $30. (2)
Silver Anniversary Collection, MBSI, 1974. Compendium of
technical articles published by the Musical Box Society. VG
$75. (2). G $50 (2).
Clocks. Simon Fleet. $35. (1)
Salute To The Incredible Talking Machine. January 1977 issue
of High Fidelity Magazine. $5.00. (19)
The Musical Clock, Ord Hume. $110. (0)
History Of The Musical Box, Chapuis. MBSI Translation. $40.
Music Boxes, Gilbert Bahl. $45. (1)
The Musical Box, A Guide For Collectors. Ord-Hume. Updated
and expanded version of “Collecting Musical Boxes and How To
Restore Them”. Fine condition $75. As New $90. (2)
Organs Of The Mid-America Chapter, 1995. Compendium of
organs displayed at band organ rallies over the years. $25.
Musical Boxes, John Clark. Third Edition 1968. A pioneering
work on music box history. Very good. DJ torn. $70. (2)
Musical Boxes & Other Musical Marvels, MBSI. A compendium of
articles previously published by the Musical Box Society.
Music Boxes, Gilbert Bahl. Book includes information on new
music boxes. No dust jacket. 80 pages. Oversized. $40. (3)
The American Reed Organ And The Harmonium. Gellerman.
Autographed with dust jacket. $65. (1) Second copy, DJ, no
autograph, $55. (1)
Organ, Including Also The Reed Organ, The Orchestrelle And
Player Piano. Oliver C. Faust. 1949. 246 pages. $80. (1)
The Edison Disc Phonographs and the Diamond Discs. George
Frow. DJ. $75. (1)
A Treatise on the Construction, Repairing and Tuning of the
Organ., Oliver C. Faust, 1949, 4” X 5 ¾” hardcover. Library
discard. $20.00 (0)
The Fairground Organ, Cockayne. VG. $70. (1)
Treasures of Mechanical Music, Reblitz. Very scarce, covers
scales for mechanical pianos and organs. VG, spine
The Making of the Victorian Organ. Nicholas Thistlewaite.
New, shrink wrapped, paperback. $55 (1)
Welte Catalog Reprint, excellent, $35 (1)
Orgel-Und Spieluhren Bau Sanssouci, Karl Bormann, 332 pages.
Hardback. new. $40 (1).
The History Of The Organ In The United States. Orpha Ochse.
Paperback. Fine. $35.
Wurlitzer Automatic Musical Instruments. 63 page catalog
reprint. Glossy photos. Frank Adams, 400 copies printed,
1973. Fine condition. $45
Dusting off a Little History. Spring Type Phonographs.
Scarce spiral bound photo book with 65 pages, 8 ½” X 11”,
1981 First Edition, First Printing. Fine condition. $75.
The Edison Cylinder Phonographss, Frow & Sefl, hardbound,
270 pages, signed by Sefl, very fine condition, Marked First
Edition 1978 printed in Great Britain copy #587. $85.
Another, hardcover with dustjacket, copyright 1982, VG+ $45
Cecilian Non-Destructive Player Action , Bush & Lane Piano
Co. Directions etc for the player action. Original
illustrated booklet, 8 ½” X 11”, very good, 28 pages. $25
Galerie D’Horlogerie Ancienne; Vente Aux Encheres VI.
Illustrated catalog of a 1978 exhibition and auction. 140
lots, French and English, color illustrations. $30.
The Murtogh Guinness Collection. 1982 catalog, 31 pages.
Wurlitzer Centennial Cook Book 1856 – 1956. “A book of
recipes covering three generations of the Farney and
Wurlitzer families and the wives of present business
associates.” 172 pages. VF condition. Mostly recipes. $45.
Victor Data Book, Robert Baumbach. New, softcover. 333
pages, oversized. Compilation of factory specifications,
serial numbers, production numbers, on Victor phonographs.
Slot Machines A Pictorial Review, David Christensen.
Hardcover. Revised 1976 version. Very good condition. $45.
Music Boxes Their Lore and Lure, Helen Hoke & John Hoke.
Complete with 10” record in sleeve. 93 Pages. VG. 1957. $55.
Environments of Musical Sculpture You Can Build. Edited by
John Grayson. Hardcover. Not related to mechanical music.
Juke Box Saturday night, J. Krivine, 160 pages. Hardback
with DJ. VG condition. $70 (1)
A Tune For A Token, Q. David Bowers. Hard to find booklet
listing and illustrating tokens for music machines. 79
Roll Back The Years, History of Canadian Recorded Sound and
its Legacy. Moogk. Hardcover. 442 pages. With record
inserted in back. DJ. VG condition. $45.
The Electrical Mastery of Music. Brochure on the Violano-Virtuoso,
Viol-Cello, and Viol-Xylophone. Vestal Press repring.
Oversized. 34 pages. VG condition. $35.
Oiling Instructions and List of Parts for The Regina and The
Reginaphone. 4-page pamphlet. Recent Xerox. $10.
Player Pianos and Music Boxes (Keys To A Musical Past);
Harvey Roehl. 48 pages.
Softcover. History of mechanical music. $30.
Instructions for Adjusting The Jennings “Today” Selective
Front Vender. 19 page booklet, reprinted. $20.
How To Repair Musical Boxes. Jacot & Son. Booklet, 32 pages,
Bornand reprint. $20.
Deagan Electric Musical Instruments Catalogue “F”. Probably
a reprint, not marked. $40.
Origin and Development of the Music Box, Jaccard. 14 page
booklet printed by the Musical Box Society. $10.
Service Book for the Violano-Virtuoso, 30 page booklet
reprinted by the Vestal Press. $30.
The Story of Nipper and the His Master’s Voice Picture,
painted by Francis Barraud, softcover booklet. $35.
The Mechanics of Mechanical Music, The Arrangement of Music
for Automatic Instruments. Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume. With
fold out sections. VG+. Very difficult to find. $150.
In Quest of Clocks. Kenneth Ullyett, HB. 267 pages. VG+.
The Wellsprings of Music. Curt Sachs. Paperback. $10.
The Phonograph, Sustained By Its Reputation. Small booklet,
49 pages, Vestal Press reprint. $10.
Music Boxes of 1898. 24 pages. Portion of an 1898 catalog
showing cylinder music boxes, Regina disc music boxes,
organs. 7” X 10”. $7.00 (48)
The Regina Music Box Co. List of Parts For No. 33 & No. 34
Music Box. 4” X 8 ½”. 50 pages. Illustrated. $8.00 (17)
Reprints – Remaining Stock from Organ Literature
Foundation $1.00 S&H per item):
Reproduco 1924 catalog. 3 ½” X 6 ½”. 19 pages. Vestal
Press. (13) $5.00
“The Fotoplayer”. The American Photoplayer Company. 4 ¼”
X 8 ¾”. 20 pages. Catalog and endorsements. (17) $5.00
M. Welte & Sons. Catalog of orchestrion models . 5 ½” X
8 ½”. 41 pages. (18) $9.00
Music for Celestina, Mandolina and Coronet. Roll catalog
with two illustrations. 5” X 6 ¾”. 34 pages. (24) $5.00
J.P. Seeburg “Instructions on Automatic Instruments”.
Tuning and maintaining orchestrions. 4” X 8 ¾”. 8 pages,
two illustrations. (11). $5.00
The Wurlitzer Long Roll Tracker Frame Care and Use.
1923. Covers tracker, action, coin mechanism, pipes,
drive, motor. 16 pages with illustrations. (8) $10
How to Properly Take Care of Wurlitzer Duplex Roll
System of Styles G and O. Set up and maintenance
instructions for instruments playing these rolls, with
illustrations. 7 ½” X 10”. 16 pages. (17) $10
The E. Boecker Organ and Orchestrion Company. Catalog of
orchestrions, monkey organs and fairground organs. 45
pages. 8 ½” X 11”. (30) $15
Wurlitzer, Scale, 69 Hold Tracker Par. Single sheet 10”
X 14”. (3) $3.00
Wurlitzer. Diagram Showing Tube Connections for Bell
Action and Xylophone Actions. Single sheet 24” X 19”.
Baker Enterprises (Norman Baker, inventor of the Tangley
Calliope) fold out brochure illustrating calliopes,
rides with the Calliaphone, and many strange and
delightful motor vehicles carrying calliopes including
one with a big chicken on it!. 8 ¾” X 11 ¾”. 8 fold out
pages in 3-color. (17) $12.
Niagara Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company
catalog. 1911. Illustrated catalog of military band
organs. 24 pages. 8 ½” X 11”. (11) $12.00
The Marvelous World of Music Machines. Weiss-Stauffacher.
10 ½” X 13” hardback book. Very nice condition book and
dustjacket. 244 pages, mostly color illustrations of
antique mechanical music with descriptions. $100 (1).
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