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Play-Rite Roll "Battle of New Orleans"
By Matthew Caulfield

Richard,  You don't say what type of roll with that song on it you
are looking for, but I presume it is a Wurlitzer band organ roll.
The "Battle Of New Orleans" appeared on all three styles of Wurlitzer
band organ rolls: style 125 (on roll 3264), style 150 (on 13303),
and style 165 (on 6716).

It won't do you any good to contact Play-Rite for single rolls.  The
days of Play-Rite retailing single rolls are past, since they no longer
have Ray Siou's inventory to draw from on demand.  You have to be
willing to take a complete run of whatever roll you want, which is
about 16-18 copies -- and suddenly you are in the roll business.

Play-Rite used to cut scads of all kinds of rolls for Ray Siou, who
would then retail them in mixed lots of a dozen or more rolls at
dirt-cheap prices.  If you wanted a single roll, Ray referred you back
to Play-Rite, who sold you the roll at a mark-up after getting it back
from Ray.  The fun thing in dealing with Ray was -- aside from his
curmudgeonly approach -- that you never knew what goodies you were
going to get with the rolls.  Ray attended Post Office auctions and
would pack the empty spaces in your shipment with whatever he felt like
sending you, shaving cream, perfume, aprons, tapes, pens, post cards,
anything but live animals.

The person to contact for a single roll is Mike Grant, Columbia City,
Indiana (no email, phone 260-248-8288).  The chances are that Mike
won't have any particular roll in stock, but if someone can supply
the roll for him to copy, Mike can make 4 copies and sell you one for
around $40.

Matthew Caulfield (Irondequoit, N.Y.)

 [ Richard replied to Matthew:
 [
 [ "I apologize for the mistake.  I keep forgetting to put the roll
 [ type down.  It is roll 13303 as you mentioned for the 150 scale.
 [ It wasn't listed in the roll listing that Mike Grant sent me so
 [ I guess I will just have to look around.  If not, I can probably
 [ always just go over to Casino Pier one of these days and hear it...
 [   Richard"


(Message sent Wed 19 Nov 2003, 16:41:51 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Battle, New, Orleans, Play-Rite, Roll

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