Hi all, I have two roll scanners here, and one is surplus to my
requirements. It's the 'YARS' design, assembled by Terry Smythe, and
uses the MK3 specifications. This design has been superceded by the
bi-colour MK4, but the scanner is still extremely functional. It can
scan basically any type of organ or piano roll, such as 44-notes to
88-notes, and also certain other types (125/150, etc.)
I should mention that Terry Smythe, in the same spirit of cooperation
that inspires his fantastic web site, is willing to consult with the
new owner regarding design enhancements.
This scanner can scan the perforations only, not any printed matter.
The resulting files can be used at a pinch for archival reconstruction
of the punch matrix, but it's rather difficult. I'd recommend this
scanner particularly for someone with a large collection of rolls who
wishes to produce MIDI files from them for use on a computer or
solenoid piano. The scanner requires a PC running Windows 98 (not any
other version) and a certain type of parallel port card, which can be
easily acquired from eBay. The scanning process itself is extremely
There are two options in terms of pricing. If the new owner is willing
to commit to sharing their MIDI files with the public via my web site,
I'll sell it at the price it cost to build, which is roughly US$ 450.
If the buyer doesn't want to share their files, or wishes to use them
for commercial purposes, the price will be higher -- email me for
The scanner can be shipped from either here in New Zealand, or from
Los Angeles, depending which location is closer to the buyer.
Auckland, New Zealand