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Reproducer Rolls on Footpumpers
By Rob DeLand

Bob Conant said:

> Subject: Mixing Piano Rolls
>
> This may be sacrilege but I have used drafting tape to cover the holes
> at the end of my tracker bar and then have played reproducing rolls on an
> 88 note piano. I would say that if you can find the music that you want
> only on Ampico, Duo-Art, Welte or some other special format, get it and
> play it on your piano this way. Many Ampico rolls sound great even
> without the expression activated. Good luck.

And I say:

Bob, good for you! Hell, that ain't sacrilege, that's great! Footpumping ANY rolls is fun and potentially rewarding, no matter what the source is. In fact, you may get more pleasure out of the roll than a reproducer owner because you're actively involved in its playback, and (hopefully) paying attention to the music rather than flipping a switch and sitting back, possibly letting your mind drift off to something else!
I do this all the time. Footpumping piano rolls is one of the absolute best ways to hear ANY roll, so don't be shy about it! Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!

-Rob DeLand

PS: I'd love to see that Batman episode where Liberace attempts to perforate our heroes. Jeez, that's funny!


(Message sent Mon 11 Dec 1995, 22:10:55 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Footpumpers, Reproducer, Rolls

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