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Price Paid for Piano Roll
By David Dewey

HI all,  One of my toy train friends showed me this auction on eBay,
so I watched it, thinking it might be an interesting roll to have.
Well, the danged _single_ roll sold for $237.50 plus $4.00 shipping.

Any idea why the price paid was so high, and have you heard of many or
any rolls selling for this much?  It's MelOdee roll 204345.  The song
is "Canadian National Railway's March".  It was copyrighted in 1929 by
Popular Music Pub. Co. (Ltd.), apparently composed by M. Zbriger, and
played by Dave Russel.  The eBay auction URL is

  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250718292175 

Thanks!
David Dewey

P.S.: And, no, I did _not_ bid on it -- my limit was about $12,
slightly short of where the auction went! :)

 [ Born in the Ukraine, violinist Maurice Zbriger (1896-1981)
 [ immigrated to Canada in 1924.  He composed 8 overtures, some 250
 [ songs and 42 marches, including "The Victoria Rifles of Canada
 [ March", published in 1930 by The Victoria Rifles of Canada,
 [ a militia unit of Montreal.  His works were also published by
 [ Popular Music Publishers Ltd., and others.
 [
 [ Zbriger spent many thousands of dollars organizing free concerts of
 [ his compositions, secretly financed by the profits from his business,
 [ the Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen.  A short documentary, "The Concert
 [ Man", by National Film Board of Canada, can be viewed at
 [ http://www.nfb.ca/film/concert_man 
 [
 [ Ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Zbriger  and
 [ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0003768 
 [
 [ -- Editor


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