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Test Roll for Aeolian Orchestrelle
By Dan Wilson

Joe Hutter asked:

> Is there anyone out there that has the capability of making a
> test roll for this type of player organ. There are two common
> types: the 58-note version (Aeolian Grand) with a spacing of 6
> holes per inch, and the 116-note version (Aeolian Pipe Organ)
> with a spacing of 12 holes per inch.

One of these turned up in a box of rolls I bought in a boot ("garage") sale a few years ago. It just had the usual scales in singles and thirds and a short fanfare but went at auction for =L=17 ($28) !

Steve Cox of Laguna Rolls made a whole series of 58-note rolls a few years back, using extremely tough plastic replicas of the old wood and metal spool-ends. I am sure this included the test roll. But then he got into 88-note rolls in a serious way and sold his 58/65n perforator (which read original rolls pneumatically yet replicated short perforations very accurately) to an organ enthusiast who (the grapevine says) isn't using it at present. I would try asking Steve - Laguna's address was in MMD 960801 & 961222.

Sorry, can't help with 116-note.

Dan Wilson

Key Words in Subject:  Aeolian, Orchestrelle, Roll, Test

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