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FS: Old "Pneumatic Symphony" Organ Rolls
By John A. Tuttle

Hi Everybody,

The other day I came into possession of 26 Wilcox & White Organ Co.
(Meriden, Conn.) organ rolls. The paper is approx.  9 1/4 inches wide
and the spacing of the holes seems to be 8 per inch. Under the company
name is written "Pneumatic Symphony". The comes the roll number (on the
left) and the price (on the right). Under that are the song titles and
the composers name. Most of the rolls have three or more tunes. On the
back side of the leader is the key in which the song is played. These
rolls have pins on each end. The total width of the roll (including pins)
is 11 inches.

Curiosity makes me want to find out the type/make of organ that these
rolls were cut for. Any information would be appreciated. Another thing
that I find interesting about these rolls is the price. They seem rather
expensive as compared to regular player rolls of the apparently same
vintage. Judging by the boxes and the paper, I'd say they were made in
the Twenties or earlier. Again, any info is welcomed.

If anyone is interested in purchasing these rolls, all I can say is
that I traded them for about $100.00 worth of work and I'd like to
break even if possible.

BTW, the boxes are a light pea green color. Titles upon request (when I
can get around to copying them). Most seem religious in nature.


John A. Tuttle (
Bricktown, NJ

(732) 840-8787

(I'm including my phone number for two reasons. One, the
area code is changing from '908' to '732' and second, I
can tell you the titles much fasted than if I have to
write them all out.)

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John A. Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos"
407 19th Avenue             Pri E-Mail:
Bricktown, NJ 08724      Secondary
"We Keep Your Music Rolling"     Authorized QRS Music Roll Dealer

(Message sent Thu 12 Jun 1997, 13:50:02 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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