Can anyone shed some light on what format these rolls may be in?
In my collection I possess two rolls of which I cannot readily
identify. Both have red labels marked Peerless: Kilima 30833 and
Amourette 30665. The spool-ends are marked "The Otto Higel Co. Ltd.
The roll width is 11-1/4 inches with a hole spacing of 9-to-the-inch.
These rolls are the size of normal 88-note rolls which will play very
well on my pumper with a bit of Scotch tape. The rolls contain the
normal tempo markings but are void of the usual lyrics, dynamic
markings, or expression lines. Stamped after the label it states:
ELECTRIC MUSIC ROLLS
MADE IN CANADA
The roll is guaranteed to fit any Electric Player containing the
OTTO HIGEL ELECTRIC PLAYER ACTION, to be free from imperfections of
material or workmanship, and to be an accurate copy of the score from
which it was arranged.
PEERLESS ELECTRIC MUSIC ROLLS contain the Solo or Theme perforations,
perforations which operate the Automatic Sustaining Pedal, and
additional perforations which automatically re-roll the Music Rolls
after the piece has been played over. Also perforations are cut in
the roll which bring out the Fortissimo and Pianissimo effects. The
adjustable tracking flange on this roll insures perfect tracking.
TO OPERATE: With paper LOOSE on core, hold clutch flange in palm of
hand, with roll up- right; lift tracking flange and strike down
sharply. Tighten paper moderately.
Examining the perforations on both rolls I have come up with the
Sustain: normal position
Trackerbar hole 1: (A0 on most ordinary 88-note player pianos),
single perforations (possibly a Lock & Cancel for the Bass Hammer Rail)
Trackerbar hole 2: chain perforations, (possibly a crescendo /
Trackerbar hole 88: single perforation, (possibly a Lock & Cancel for
the Treble Hammer Rail)
Themodist/Solodant snakebite perforations for Bass & Treble Accents
To the right of the Treble accent perforations is the Rewind
perforation. To the right of Rewind perforation is the Shut-Off
perforation. Both the Rewind and Shut-Off perforations are much larger
than the others and would span two normal sized trackerbar holes.
I have on occasion seen a few Otto Higel actions with split hammer rail
pneumatics but I have just assumed it part of the manual expression or
Solodant system. I have not seen a tracker bar that matches the rolls
Has anyone ever encountered this Otto Higel expression system or its
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[ Jason provided an image of one of the roll labels which I have
[ placed at http://www.mmdigest.com/Gallery/MMMedia/Peerless30665.gif
[ Compare to http://www.mmdigest.com/Gallery/MMMedia/higel0624.jpg
[ At http://www.arcade-museum.com/mtr/MTR-1916-63-27/MTR-1916-63-27-73.pdf
[ Music Trade Review, Dec. 30, 1916 :
[ Lee S. Roberts has written three new compositions, which were
[ recently released, "Hawaiian Nights," "Moon Dreams Novelette"
[ and "Amourette Valse."
[ The QRS Dealers Reference Catalog of June, 1922, shows
[ 80533 Amourette -Valse- by Lee S. Roberts, played by Lee S. Roberts
[ -- Robbie