Robbie - in your post script to my Seeburg KT Special information
yesterday [990817 MMDigest], you said:
> [ I guess it's still the same old rule-of-thumb, Andrew: adjust
> [ the instrument to give the sound you enjoy when playing the songs
> [ you enjoy. Music rolls don't always adhere to a musical arranging
> [ standard, and neither do the instruments. Fun, huh! :-)
What rule of thumb? Other than the G/4X multiplexing, what rolls don't
adhere to a strict musical arranging standard?
[ My rule of thumb is "adjust it so it sounds good." Besides the
[ idiosyncrasies of reproducing pianos, I am thinking of orchestrions
[ and rolls which fail to operate the drum beaters as the noteur
[ obviously intended in the music roll. For example, the bass drum
[ strikes too late or too early, or the tone (damping) of the drum
[ doesn't match the musical style.
[ Neither the builder (or rebuilder) of the instrument, nor the noteur,
[ is to blame for the problem. We assume that the music roll and the
[ instrument operated correctly when they left the factory together.
[ But the company's set-up methods and 'standards' -- which would
[ assure that the music roll and the instrument played properly
[ together -- were not consistent or were non-existent. Inaccurate
[ timing indicates lack of standards to me.
[ Inappropriate and inaccurate percussion sounds are a pet peeve of
[ mine; I'm pleased to see the interest in this area expressed by 11-
[ year-old percussionist Andrew Barrett. I know his musical family
[ well, and I hope that Andrew may someday become a noteur, inspired
[ by masters such as noteur Gustav Bruder and arranger/drummer
[ P. M. Keast !
[ -- Robbie