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

Play-Rite did recut Wurlitzer 150 roll 13303, compositing it as a
12-tune roll with  roll 13305 and numbering the composite 13303-13305.
According to my records, Doug Hershberger has a copy of the original
6-tuner in his collection in Buffalo, N.Y.

There are two main difficulties in completing an imperfect Wurlitzer
roll by using the masters in the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
(HCFM) in North Tonawanda, N.Y. -- assuming the museum has the needed
master in its collection.  First, the museum is loath to lend out any
of its masters or even to let someone come there and trace off a copy,
because they would prefer to make and sell copies themselves.

But the real difficulty is the 3-to-1 scale of the masters.  While the
horizontal hole spacing (left-to-right, across the roll) is one-to-one,
the note-length ratio is three-to-one: each note on the master is three
times the length that the note should be on the finished roll.  Thus,
the only practical way to make a copy of a museum master which Mike
Grant or Play-Rite can use to make playing copies is to run the master
on the HCFM perforator to produce a playable copy.

That runs up against difficulty #1, in that the HCFM wants to make and
sell its own rolls.

Matthew Caulfield (Irondequoit, N.Y.)

(Message sent Wed 26 Nov 2003, 15:48:42 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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

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