A standard 88-note player piano roll recently sold on eBay for $405.
This certainly places the roll in the "rare" category. Oftentimes
rolls such as this are sold and disappear into private collections,
never to be heard from again. I was determined that would not happen
with this particular musical selection.
The title of the roll is "Shave 'Em Dry". You can find references to
this title on YouTube and draw you own conclusions as to the veracity
of what you find there.
I have reproduced this roll in paper and am offering it to readers of
the MMD. It will not appear under my name at online auction. Full
details are at the link below:
Quantities are somewhat limited, but I am determined to get as many
re-cuts of this roll into the hands of people who would not otherwise
get a chance to own the roll.
Kindest regards from wet, soggy and flooded South Texas,
Ed Gaida - Preserving music by punching holes in paper!
[ In the book, "Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History,"
[ by David A. Jasen and Trebor Jay Tichenor, page 210:
[ "Shave 'em Dry, by Sam Wishnuff,
[ (C) May 10, 1917 by Stark Music Co., St. Louis
[ Piano roll: Musicnote 1080.
[ Structure: Intro AA BB Trio-intro C DD BB
[ A characteristic late rag mixture (one section is straight
[ blues), very pianistic, with the three-over-four device
[ featuring Novelty-style breaks."
[ -- Robbie