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Proposal for Shortened Ampico Roll Numbers
By Wayne Stahnke

I have recently had discussions with a subscriber to MMD who proposes
that in the future all Ampico classical rolls should be referenced both
here and in all written material by four-digit numbers.  The purpose of
this note is to ask for input by participants in this forum about the
advisability of such a change.

With a few exceptions, Ampico classical rolls start with the digits
5, 6, or 7, and end with the digits 1, 3, or 5.  The last digit signi-
fies the (approximate) length of the roll: 1 denotes the shortest roll,
and 5 denotes "jumbo" or long-playing rolls.

If the last digit is omitted, the roll numbers are in (approximate)
chronological order.  That is what is being proposed.  Thus, Ampico
Roll No. 70301, "The Flight of the Bumblebee," played by Sergei Rach-
maninoff, would become Roll No.  7030.  Roll No. 67673 would become
6767, and so forth.

I welcome any and all feedback on this subject.  With best regards,

Wayne Stahnke

 [ Notice that this isn't Wayne's proposal.  :)  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 19 Dec 1998, 04:11:26 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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