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Old Roll Auction at QRS Music Rolls, Inc.
By Matthew Caulfield

Spencer Brooks is looking for player piano rolls, I presume standard
88-note rolls, not the fancier reproducing piano rolls nor 65-note
pin-end rolls.  (My wife lovingly bought me six piano rolls for
Valentine's Day via eBay.  When they arrived, they proved to be
65-noters.  Anyone want some wrapping paper with pretty hole designs?)

Spencer, being in Windsor, Ontario, you aren't far from QRS Music
Rolls, Inc., in Buffalo.  Why don't you join its old roll auction
conducted by Dan Wilke?  You can reach Dan, courtesy of QRS's Ann Jones
<annj@qrsinc.com>.  Or join one of several other old roll auctions
that are out there; see the MBSI or AMICA want-ads for them.

The eBay on-line auction service (http://www.ebay.com) has people
offering piano rolls, singly or in lots, all the time.  Some of them
realize the true value of old rolls; others think that any roll from,
say, 1915 is an antique treasure, and you'll even see them advertising
"antique music scroll."  Some rolls I wouldn't pay more than $1 for.
Others, like most rags, some good but hard-to-find marches, or almost
anything by Pete Wendling seem to command prices in the $5-$10 range.
It's a buyer's market.

If you want new rolls, see the list of sources maintained on the MMD
web page.

Matthew Caulfield

 [ The big list, "Sources of Mechanical Music" and supplies, previously
 [ maintained by Paul Johnson, is right now being revised by Kelly
 [ Goodman.  We hope to publish it soon.  -- Robbie


(Message sent Tue 9 Feb 1999, 17:35:01 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Auction, Inc, Music, Old, QRS, Roll, Rolls

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