MBSI members may borrow the following books and pamphlets from the Musical Box Society library for a nominal charge. Fill out the form at this link, Library Checkout, to begin the checkout process. A comprehensive mechanical music reading list can also be accessed by clicking this Reading List link.

American Carousel Organ, TheBoppBand Organs 
American Reed Organ, TheGellermanOrgans 
Antique Phonograph – Gadgets, Gizmos & GimmicksFabrizio & PaulPhonographs 
Artistry in TimeWalt Disney WorldClocks 
Automata – The Exhibition at BagatelleBaillyAutomata 
Automata and Mechanical ToysHillierAutomata 
Automates, LesCollectionAutomataFrench
Automatic Musical InstrumentsHaspelsMechanical Music 
Barrel OrganOrd-HumeOrgans 
Book of the Piano, TheGillPiano 
British Fairgrounds – A Photographic HistoryThackrayFairground rides 
Circular Steam SwitchbackScrivens & SmithFairground rides 
Clockwork MusicOrd-HumeMechanical Music 
Clockwork Universe, TheMaurice & MayrClocks 
Collecting Mechanical AntiquesPearsallMiscellaneous 
Collecting Musical Boxes and How to Repair ThemOrd-HumeMusic Boxes 
Complete Catalog of Ampico Reproducing Piano RollsObenchainMiscellaneous 
Curious History of Music Boxes, TheMosoriakMusic Box 
Cylinder Music Box Design and RepairBulleidMusic Box 
Cylinder Music Box Handbook, TheWebbMusic Box 
Cylinder Music Box TechnologyBulleidMusic Box 
Dar zit muziekinHaspelsMusic BoxDutch
Disc Musical Box, A CompendiumMcElhoneDisc Boxes 
Disc Musical Box Handbook, TheWebbMusic Box 
Discovering Antique PhonographsFabrizio & PaulPhonograph 
Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical InstrumentsBowersEncyclopedia 
Fairground Organ, TheCockayneOrgans 
From Music Boxes to Street OrgansDeWaardOrgans 
Glorieuze OrgeldagenWiefferingOrgansDutch
Golden Anniversary Book Musical Box Society International 1949-1999MBSIMBSI History 
Great Chess Automaton, TheCarrollAutomata 
History of the Musical Box and of Mechanical Music, TheChapuisMusic Box 
Joseph Haydn and the Mechanical OrganOrd-HumeOrgans 
Klangkunst – Catalog & CDSaluzMiscellaneousGerman
Kring Van DraaiorgelvriendenDeWaardOrgansDutch
Mechanical MusicMcElhoneVarious 
Mechanical Music Cabinet, TheWendelCollection 
Mechanical Musical Instruments as a Source for the Study of Notes In?galesFullerMusic 
Mechanics of Mechanical MusicOrd-HumeMusic Box 
Mills Violano-Virtuosos, TheKitner & ReblitzOrchestrion 
Model B Ampico Reproducing Piano, TheSaulPiano 
Modern Piano, TheNaiderPiano 
Museo Di Strumenti Musicali Meccanici, 1st EditionMariniCollectionItalian
Music Box Murders, TheKarpFiction 
Music BoxesBahlMusic Box 
Music Boxes A Guide for CollectorsTallisMusic Box 
Music Boxes Their Lore and Lure (1 missing record)HokeMusic Box 
Music Boxes – Nasu Orgel MuseumTanakaVariousJapanese
Music Box MakersJean-Claude PiguetHistory 
Music Box Makers of Switzerland, TheBellamyHistory 
Music in Time CatalogExhibitionCatalog 
Musical Box, A History and Collector’s GuideOrd-HumeMusic Box 
Musical Box Handbook, The 2nd Ed., Vol. 2WebbMusic Box 
Musical Box Handbook, The 2nd Ed., Vol. 1WebbMusic Box 
Musical Box Tune SheetsBulleidMusic Box 
Musical Box, TheOrd-HumeMusic Box 
Musical Boxes and Other Musical MarvelsRulliMusic Box 
Musical Clock, The – Musical & Automaton Clocks and WatchesOrd-HumeMusical Clocks 
On Display-Forty Years of the Fair Organ Preservation SocietyFOPSFairground Organs 
Organette Book, TheMcElhoneOrganettes 
Piano Playing MechanismsWhitePiano 
Pianos and Their MakersDolgePiano 
Player Piano Treasury, 2nd EditionRoehlPiano 
Player-Piano, History of the Mechanical Piano and How To RepairOrd-HumePiano 
Presto Buyers Guide Pianos, Players, ReproducingAdamsCollection 
Put Another Nickel InBowersOrchestrion 
Re-enacting the ArtistGivensPiano 
Rebuilding the Player PianoGivensPiano 
Recent Revolution in Organ Building, TheMillerOrgans 
Restoring Musical BoxesOrd-HumeMusic Box 
San SylmarO’KelleyCollection 
Scamming the BirdmanKarpFiction 
Silver Anniversary CollectionFitchMiscellaneous 
Talking Machine, The – AdvertisementsWeberPhonographs 
Talking Machine, The – An Illustrated CompendiumFabrizio & PaulPhonographs 
Technical History of the PlayerMcTammanyPiano 
Tiroier Lied Gevarieerd DoorWagenaarMusicDutch
Treatise on the Art of Piano-Forte Construction, AWolfendenPiano 
Victorian Palace, The Sanfillipo CollectionSanfillipoCollection 
Wonderful World of Mechanical, The. Book with Cassette TapeTurnerMicellaneous Music 
Wonderland of Music Boxes and Automata, TheTroquetMusic Box 
Wurlitzer Band Organ Pipe ScalesLaneOrgans 

The Lending Library books and pamphlets are available for borrowing by MBSI members. The book loan term period is three months with one renewal.  Up to two titles may be on loan to a member at one time.  A $10 deposit will be charged to the requesting member, which will be refunded upon the book’s return.  Books can be loaned to members outside the U.S. provided the cost of international shipping is covered.  Items must be returned within three months from the date of receipt by Priority Mail and insured at the borrower’s expense.  Items that are not returned promptly may result in the borrower losing their MBSI membership privileges.

Library Checkout

  • Enter the titles from the posted list of available books above (maximum two titles):
  • Enter the title from the posted list of available books above (maximum two titles):
  • Please mail a check or money order made payable to MBSI in the amount of $10.00 (U.S.) per book (limit two books) to: Jerry Maler, 1178 Saddle Springs Dr., Thompsons Stn, TN 37179-5375 Tel. (631) 472-5945, Email inquiries may be sent to