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FS: Newly Arranged Wurlitzer APP Rolls
By Glenn Thomas

Several newly arranged Wurlitzer Automatic Player Piano (APP) rolls
are now ready for immediate delivery!  For the first time since the
mid-1960s, new music is available for your Wurlitzer coin piano 
that plays style APP rolls.  Initially, three new 10-tune long frame
rolls are available.  5-tune changer rolls will follow by subscription.
Each of the three rolls is by a different talented arranger, and each
has a different style of music.

Roll 30401 is arranged by Andy Park, who has had great success
arranging Wurlitzer band organ rolls in the last few years.  Andy is 
a disciple of Wurlitzer's arranging style, especially that of the
1920s.  This roll has mostly popular tunes from the 1960s and 1970s,
but arranged as if it were a Wurlitzer APP roll from the late 1920s.
If you like Wurlitzer's in-house APP style (not QRS) of that era, 
this roll is a must for you!

Roll 30402 is a hand-played roll by Nathan Bello of rare transcriptions
mostly from recordings and sheet music by Jimmy Blythe with a couple by
Clarence Johnson.  Very few have been on piano rolls, and certainly not
coin pianos.  These are wonderful versions, "as if" played by these
artists in a very rare format, sure to be rare and highly desirable.

Roll 30403, arranged by Mikey Mills who has also had great success in
arranging for the Wurlitzer band organ, and other instruments.  This
roll is arranged in Wurlitzer's 1940s style, and features both
familiar and less known tunes that sound delightful on the APP scale.
Close your eyes and listen and you'll think Wurlitzer did this in 1942!

The 5-tune roll changer versions of these rolls will be part of a
20-tune roll subscription project which will include the 5-tune
versions of these rolls, plus recuts of great Wurlitzer original 5-tune
APP rolls never before recut.  While the original rolls are still in the
process of selection, they will be a mixture of rolls from the late
'teens, '20s and '30s that are considered to be the best of many more
rolls to be considered.  Each roll will be set up and packaged as
Wurlitzer did with a metal feed bar riveted to a cloth leader, placed
in an appropriate box with room for the changer end.

Full details, ordering information,  and sound recording samples of 
the new rolls are available at 

An article on the full history of the background and what it takes to
produce this project will be in the next issue of The AMICA Bulletin.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to acquire some terrific newly
arranged APP rolls, along with some great recuts in a project not
likely to be repeated.  Contact me for more information.

Glenn Thomas [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

(Message sent Mon 29 Feb 2016, 14:18:45 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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