CARING FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
SOME REFERENCES FOR THEIR CARE
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Highway 72 W, PO Box 709
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
FAX (205) 381-1031
Musical instruments and memorabilia collection; library; educational programs.
American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Herschede Building
4 West Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-3263; (800) 499-3263
FAX (513) 381-4130
Information and collections on classical music and instruments.
American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
167 Cabrillo Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Professional group that make, restore and repair violins and bows; provides referrals; publications available.
American Institute of Organ Builders
PO Box 130982
Houston, TX 77219
Lectures; archives; publications; examinations and certification.
American Musical Instrument Society
1664 Corbin Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356-1011
FAX (310) 471-1278
Individuals, museums and other institutions interested in all aspects of musical instruments; disseminates information through demonstrations, publications, meetings, and so forth.
American Theatre Organ Society
PO Box 417490
Sacramento, CA 95841
Rebuild, restore and history of theatre organs; library; meetings.
Associated Pipe Builders of America
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260
New York, NY 10115
Manufacturers of pipe organs and parts; educational programs; speakers bureau; publications.
Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America
PO Box 155
Chicago Ridge, IL 60451
Information on pipe organs.
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0M5
FAX (613) 998 4721
CCI Technical Bulletin #4: Care of Musical Instruments in Canadian Collections by Bob Barclay; conservation of musical instruments.
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Country Music Foundation
4 Music Square E
Nashville, TN 37203
FAX (615) 255-2245
Musical instrument and memorabilia collection; library; tours; exhibits; educational programs.
State Highway 237, PO Drawer 89
Roundtop, TX 78954
FAX (409) 249-5078
Musical instrument collection; library; exhibits; educational programs.
George E. Case Keyboard Collection
University of South Carolina at Spartanburg Library
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
FAX (803) 599-2601
Collection: 17th-19th century keyboards; library; recitals; tours.
3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38116
Mailing address: PO Box 16508, Memphis, TN 38186-0508
FAX (901) 344-3116
Collection includes guitars, pianos and memorabilia.
Guild of American Luthiers
8222 South Park Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98408
Makers and repairers of stringed instruments; luthiers, suppliers, schools; information on building and repairing; demonstrations; lectures; seminars; publications.
International Association of Piano Builders and Technicians
c/o Piano Technicians Guild
4510 Belleview, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64111
Technical information on piano building, repair and restoration.
International Society for Organ History and Preservation
PO Box 104
Harrisville, NH 03450
Promotes documentation and preservation of pipe organs.
International Society of Organbuilders
4, rue Jules Ferry
Provides information exchange between organ builders and students.
International Society of Violin and Bow Makers
c/o C.E. Moeller, Secretary
NL-1071 GN Amsterdam
Promotes and develops art of violin and bow making; facilitates exchange of knowledge and techniques; archives.
Lee Conklin Antique Organ Museum
PO Box 256
Hanover, MI 49241
Collection: reed, pipe, and chapel organs and melodeons; repair and maintenance workshops; tours; concerts; exhibits.
1775 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89119
FAX (702) 798-7386
Collection includes miniature and standard pianos and memorabilia.
Miles Musical Museum
PO Box 488
Highway 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Wide variety of musical instruments in collection; tours; recitals; publications.
The Music House
7377 US 31 North
Acme, MI 49610
Mailing address: 7377 South 31 North, Box 297, Acme, MI 49610
FAX (616) 938-3650
Various kinds of musical instruments in collection; tours; lectures; concerts; publications.
Musical Box Society International
Lockwood Mathews Mansion
295 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Mailing address: 2 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ 07901
Collection of various automatic musical instruments (music boxes, player pianos, organettes, etc.); exhibits.
The Musical Museum
South Main Street
Route 12-B, PO Box 223
Deansboro, NY 13328
Conservation of musical instruments; wide variety of musical instruments in the collection; library; repair and restoration workshops; tours; concerts; exhibits; publications.
Musical Wonder House
PO Box 604
18 High Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Collection: music boxes, player and crank pianos and organs; library; tours; lectures; concerts; exhibits; publications.
National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians
8 Ardith Drive, PO Box 51
Normal, IL 61761
Repair and restoration of band instruments; library; referrals.
National Museum of American History
Division of Musical History
AHB 4123, MRC 616
Washington, DC 20560
Organ Clearing House
PO Box 104
Harrisville, NH 03450-0104
FAX (603) 827-3750
Facilitates relocation of used pipe organs; referrals; information.
Organ Historical Society
PO Box 26811
Richmond, VA 23261
Information on organs and referrals.
Rebel State Commemorative Area Louisiana
Country Music Museum
State Highway 1221, PO Box 127
Marthaville, LA 71450
FAX (318) 472-6255
Collection includes musical instruments, juke boxes, victrolas, memorabilia; library; educational programs; exhibits.
Reed Organ Society
PO Box 47
Independence, MO 64051
Promotes the preservation and restoration of reed organs.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
One Key Plaza
Cleveland, OH 44114-1022
FAX (216) 781-1832
Collection includes musical instruments, costumes, memorabilia; exhibits; archives; outreach programs.
The Shrine to Music Museum
Clark & Yale Streets
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
FAX (605) 677-5073
Wide variety of musical instruments in the collection; library; tours; lectures; concerts; education programs; repairs and restorations; exhibits; workshops.
Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
University of Michigan School of Music
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
FAX (313) 763-5097
Collection contains a wide variety of musical instruments; exhibits; tours; lectures; concerts; classes.
713 Mabry Street
Selma, AL 36701
Mailing address: PO Box 1205, Selma, AL 36702-1205
Collection includes pianos and other household goods; tours; exhibits.
Violin Society of America
85-07 Abingdon Road
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Restoration of stringed instruments - violins, violas, cellos, bow makers.
Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments
15 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
FAX (203) 432-8342
Collection: 16th-18th century keyboards, 17th-20th century strings, 15th-20th century other musical instruments, bells, mechanical instruments; library; tours; lectures; concerts; educational programs; exhibits; publications.
Regina Place & Harriet Drive
Whippany, NJ 07981-1906
Collection includes mechanical and automatic music, sound recordings, Edisonia; library; archives; educational programs; exhibits.
Additional Internet Resources
Automated Musical Instrument Collectors' Association
Resources for automatic musical instruments collectors.
C. Shannon and the Doe Crest Organs
Reference source for restoration materials for calliopes, antique organs, and mechanical music.
Musical instrument curation, conservation, collections management, research and documentation.
Collector Online Club Directory
Directory of clubs related to antiques and collectibles.
Fair Organ Preservation Society
Promotion and preservation of Fair Organs and Mechanical Musical Instruments.
Musical Instrument Conservation and Technology Distribution List (MICAT-L)
Provides a forum for the discussion of joint interest to the fields of object conservation and musical instrument technology.
Information on musical instruments, especially mechanical musical instruments.
Northern States Conservation Center
Musical instruments references.
Violin Making by Hans Johannsson
Home page for violin making includes: samples of sound and pictures, construction, care and maintenance.
American Association of Museums. The Official Museum Directory, (updated annually), R.R. Bowker Publishers.
Encyclopedia of Associations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.
Encyclopedia of International Organizations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.
Encyclopedia of Regional, State, and Local Organizations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Bibliographies and References for various musical instruments.
Karp, Cary, editor. The Conservation and Technology of Musical Instruments: A Bibliographic Supplement to Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts, Volume 28, 1991, CA: Getty Conservation Institute.
Koster, John. Training in musical instrument conservation, 1994, Edinburgh: International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums & Collections.
National Trust for Historic Preservation. Landmark Yellow Pages: All the names, addresses, facts, and figures you need in preservation, Preservation Press, 1993, John Wiley & Sons Publishers.
Odell, J. Scott. "Musical Insturments," Caring for your collections, 1992, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Old-House Journal Restoration Directory, updated annually, Dovetale Publishers.
Recommendations for the Conservation of Musical Instruments: An Annotated Bibliography, 1993, International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections.
Standards in the Care of Musical Instruments, 1995, London: Museum & Galleries Commission.
This list is not all-inclusive. You might also want to look in the local yellow pages of the phone book for repair and restoration places in your area. Another sources of information is your local library.
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Compiled by: Ann N'Gadi
Created: May 1996
Updated: March 2004