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Descendants of Piano Roll Manufacturers
By Jon Miller

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

(Message sent Thu 29 Aug 2002, 17:16:30 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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