A number of brand names of early piano rolls are names that we still
see today in the music and film industries: Paramount, Capitol, etc.
Are the current companies true descendants of the companies that made
piano rolls? I have always made the assumption that they are, selling
music then on piano rolls, now on CD. Am I correct in this assumption?
John W Miller
Saint Paul Minnesota USA
[ In 1924, Columbia Music Roll Co. of Chicago quietly changed their
[ name to Capitol Roll & Record Co., probably because of objections
[ from Columbia Records. I believe Capitol Records, Hollywood, of
[ the late 1940s, is unrelated. Frank Himpsl wrote in 970306 MMD that
[ circa 1927 or '28 the Connorized company became Paramount Music Rolls
[ of New York; maybe Connorized was purchased by Paramount Films.
[ I'd guess that no current companies bearing familiar piano roll
[ names are really descendants of old firms, except perhaps QRS.
[ The brand names expired long ago and were later registered as
[ trademarks by new, unrelated companies. -- Robbie