I have asked twice about this, once in person and once through a "how can
we improve" survey. Both times I was given the rather lame excuse that
Recordo recutting is not worth it because they won't work on normal
players. This is not true except where people want to transpose for
singing, the Recordo holes work outside the 88 note holes. A lot of
players don't even play all the 88 notes either.
Mastertouch don't really know which of their roll masters are Recordos,
only finding out when they use the masters. When I was there I saw the
person cutting the rolls and he had a book in which he noted a Recordo
when he came across one.
The biggest problem I see is that when rolls are re-mastered they are done
without the Recordo coding (The cutter told me the holes are taped over)
so then this is gone forever.
Mastertouch don't need money for Recordo development as it is as easy to
cut a Recordo roll from a Recordo encoded master as it is to cut a 88
note from the same master. The masters are already there (or were).
If Mastertouch has a money problem it should sort itself out with its
re-sellers here in Australia, I know of 3 who have personally told me of
difficulties in dealing with them.
They have a good reputation in Australia among most player owners and
should not spoil this by making their rolls cost far more than imported
[ Perhaps they need an Aussie competitor to force them to "shape up."
[ We noted better operations at QRS when PlayRite began producing
[ 88-note player rolls. -- Robbie