10-tune Wurlitzer Band Organ Rolls by Play-Rite
By Bruce Pier
As far as the Play-Rite Wurlitzer band organ rolls are concerned,
I seem to recall they edited and combined the contents of old rolls.
They were not a direct copy of the originals. The length of the tunes
were shortened and the playing order was scrambled. This what
Play-Rite copyrighted, not the work originally done by Wurlitzer.
Bruce R. Pier
[ That's an interesting point. Play-Rite combined two 5-tune rolls
[ into one 10-tune roll, interleaving the tunes so that the paper
[ speed was proper during playing. Play-Rite also shortened the
[ overly-long tunes so each one played for a little less than 3
[ minutes, just as with Wurlitzer's own 10-ten rolls. The end product
[ was well-received because the shortened tunes are no longer boring!
[ -- Robbie
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