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Capitol Music Roll Arrangements
By Don Teach

Some Wurlitzer arrangements on APP rolls are also killers.  Capitol
arrangements on A-, G- & O-rolls have always been 90 percent great.
Once in a while there are some great arrangements on Clark rolls but
just a lower percentage.  All Clark G rolls started out as A rolls and
were then edited into the G roll format.  The same held true for H
rolls as well.

Tip of the day:  If you have any A or G rolls without labels and you
are curious if it is a Capital roll, then look at the chain perfora-
tions in position number 2.  This is the sustaining perforation.  On
Capitol rolls it is a continuous slot with no chain perforations and
most other brands of rolls it is a chain perforation.

Capitol also made rolls under other names.  Capitol also would arrange
their music differently for the second chorus and verse so the music
doesn't repeat.  Capitol also had pianists from south Chicago make their
masters, so the story goes.  The Capitol rolls with blues tunes are
especially good and have soul compared to the Clark rolls.  They had
James Blythe, Clarence Johnson, John Honnert, Irma Glen, Eddie Hanson,
and Pearl White as artists.

Some Capitol coin piano rolls probably started out as 88-note rolls.
Check out your favorite 88-note Capitol or Supertone (Sears) rolls for

Don Teach
1610 E. Bert Kouns
Shreveport,  LA  71105
318 798 6000

(Message sent Mon 10 May 1999, 16:05:17 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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