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Old Piano Rolls Are Like People
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  A visitor to Player-Care writes:

"Do you sell music rolls for the player pianos?  If not, where can
I tell my aunt to purchase them?  She has a very old player piano she
would like to have restored, though if it is too far gone, how much are
yours?  Also, she believes she will be able to use rolls of music that
are 50 and 60 years old.  I believe they are too fragile and old.  Am
I right on this?  I'd appreciate any information you could give me.
Thanks so much."

Now, I'm thinking, 50-60-year old rolls aren't that old.  In fact,
they're more like middle-aged.  Then I'm thinking, 'Hey, I'm
middle-aged, and I'm not old'.  In fact, I'm in pretty good shape for
a 52-year old male.  And I'll bet that a 52-year old music roll in
probably in pretty good shape if it hasn't been abused.  That's when
it hit me, music rolls aren't that different than people.

I know lots of people who are over 50 and most of them are in pretty
good shape.  Then again, there are some who are in terrible shape, and
a number of my friends never made it to age fifty.  What this tells me
is that longevity is all about 'care'.  Now I admit this isn't a news
flash, but by the same token, it does say quite a bit about how one
should care for music rolls, ... and their own person.

What are the keys to long-life? A temperate environment, moderate
exercise and reasonable maintenance.  Gee, that sounds like good advice
for any living thing.


John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Mon 19 Mar 2001, 13:02:57 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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