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Sheet Music Sources, Deagan, Roll Values
By Matthew Caulfield

Jesse Masen was asking about a source for old sheet music. I suggest contacting the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill, Maine (207-374-5454) as a first step. If something is desperately needed and is pre-WW II, I could try the Library of Congress (LC) music and copyright collections, but it's not something I want to do routinely, when the music is more easily available from Bagaduce.

For all things Deagan, I'd start with a call to Greg Filardo, 2432 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Don't have his phone number here at hand, but he has done research on Deagan and can help you if anybody can.

I don't entirely agree with Dan Wilson's evaluation of 88-note piano rolls. So much depends on the performer whose work is captured in the perforated paper -- and to a lesser degree on the composer or tune genre. Rags always bring more than a few cents and anything by a performer like Pete Wendling brings a good price. And composers like E. T.. Paull, Harry J. Lincoln, Abe Holzmann, even John Philip. Sousa (in his rarer pieces) bring good prices, above the 50 cents or so of an average flea market music roll dealer. Check the prices being offered in QRS's or Rag Daddy's auctions or any of the several other roll auctions and you get an idea of how to value your rolls.

(Message sent Mon 26 Aug 1996, 22:45:17 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Deagan, Music, Roll, Sheet, Sources, Values

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