Southeast Chapter

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A Little Bit About Us 

As the name implies, MBSI has members throughout the world. They are dedicated to fostering  an interest in the collection and enjoyment of antique musical boxes and preserving them for future generations. Our definition of "musical box" is broad.  It includes traditional music boxes producing music by the vibration of teeth in a tuned steel comb; reproducing pianos; reproducing organs; pre-electric phonographs; musical automata and stringed, wind and percussion instruments of any kind adopted to be played automatically, whether driven by hand or by mechanical or electrical sources of power.

The Southeast Chapter of MBSI was established in1978.  Our chapter covers Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. However, members from other states who visit Florida periodically and want to be able to attend a chapter meeting while they are in the area are also welcome.

Most of our meetings are scheduled in Florida. We also occasionally participate in joint meetings with our neighboring chapters.  Meetings typically include several of the following:

  • one or more open houses to view other members' collections,
  • a mart where members can buy and sell mechanical music related items,
  • an educational presentation,
  • and a tour of area attractions.

Members receive at least three chapter newsletters and three meeting announcements per year.

Southeast Chapter dues are $5.00 per family per year.  Being a member of our parent organization is required for chapter membership.  You do not need to have a mechanical music collection to join.  All you need is an interest in learning more about them.  See the "Join MBSI" tab for more information.