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Re: Source for 88-Note Paper
By Matthew Caulfield

If you draw a blank (pun here?) on your roll paper source, I suggest you contact Dan Wilke, the auction man at QRS, not with regard to the paper QRS is selling in small and expensive lots, but in regard to his activity at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. He and a group of others have been involved in getting the Wurlitzer roll-making equipment purchased by the museum last year set up and running to produce band organ rolls. Not that you necessarily need paper of the same quality as ba band organ roll paper for indoor piano use, but Dan should know where bulk paper can be bought. Then that paper can quickly and easily be trimmed to size on the Wurlitzer paper trimmer, which is one of the machine acquired by the museum. It is working, I am told. Most perforators I have seen do not use pre-trimmed paper, but trim as they perforate. Wurlitzer's perforators were the exception; they did use pre-trimmed paper. Hence Wurlitzer's ownership of the paper slitter. I'm not what advantage Wurlitzer saw in using pre-trimmed paper. I am told they had to shut down their roll department when the humidity in North Tonawanda rose too high. But on the other hand, I suppose that if they had run trim-as-you-perforate machines and just kept on, no matter what the humidity, they would have sold some rolls that would track poorly once they were in use under normal conditions of humidity.

Anyway, as a last resort, I'd give Dan a ring at QRS and tell him what you need.

(Message sent Fri 12 Jan 1996, 19:46:14 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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