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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

(Message sent Thu 22 Nov 2001, 16:19:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  10-tune, Band, Organ, Play-Rite, Rolls, Wurlitzer

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