Hi All, Imperial Roll 06582 was punched out in the basement of
J. Lawrence Cook's home in Brooklyn, New York. Many of the Imperial
rolls were hand punched by him and were remarkable to listen to.
Mr. Cook was one of the owners of the Imperial Songrecord Company.
Max Kortlander and Victor Arden were contract artists for Q.R.S.
during those years.
To give you all an idea of another person who hand-punched rolls,
and they were for Klavier, was an old friend of mine, David Junchen,
of the rolls he produced. The one which sticks out the most is his
(arrangement) of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride"; it's the best I have
ever heard on a player roll.
That Klavier roll was entirely punched by hand. Not very many people
know this. David was not a great player but a genius at mechanical
music interpretation and arranging. That roll was done on David's
dinning room table in Chicago, Illinois, by a roll punching machine.
Sometimes I think we all wish that these records (player rolls) were
like a real performance. I guess in our hearts they will always be.