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"Kelly Tester" Test Roll
By Wayne Stahnke

Yesterday I discovered an 88-note test roll previously unknown to me. The legend on the roll says simply "Kelly Tester." I scanned and played the roll; it must be the Mother of All Test Rolls. I have never seen such heavy keyboard activity, in test rolls or musical material.

Can anyone on the Digest help me learn more about this roll? I do not have any knowledge of "Kelly" rolls; was this a brand name? The label on the roll says "Eighty-Eight Note" (spelled out), which leads me to believe that the roll is early, dating from the period of the changeover from 65-note rolls. There is no Tempo marking on the roll.

I would appreciate any information about this or other 88-note test rolls that subscribers to the Digest know about. Eventually I hope to make exact replicas of one or more of these rolls available, to augment the meager offerings presently available from roll suppliers. With best regards,

Wayne Stahnke

(Message sent Thu 6 Mar 1997, 03:54:42 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Kelly, Roll, Test, Tester

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