Playing 88-Note Rolls on Ampico Player Piano
By Christine Robinson
My Ampico, although it's a small grand, doesn't play that much quieter
with an 88-note roll, and the switch off. I wonder if it's supposed to?
Some standard 88-note rolls seem to play louder than others on my Ampico.
Another way to raise the volume is to just open the lid at the top of
the upright. This is not so invasive as punching further holes into an
I was going to try your method, Robbie, but hey, I wondered if I'd ruin
the 88-note roll for further playing on my standard Hupfeld player. Do
the rolls travel well from one system to another after adding further
Maybe a switch could be made for the Ampico to turn the manual bass and
treble expression buttons on without having to hold them down. I'd be
interested to know if anybody has managed to do this.
[ The added holes for Ampico shouldn't have affect when the roll
[ is played on a Hupfeld system. Try it and see. Punch the added
[ holes for Ampico intensity in the paper after about one layer is
[ wrapped on the take-up spool; that's when the suction is applied to
[ the system for 'play' and so the holes will have the desired affect.
[ It's a good idea to precede the intensity holes with a short cancel
[ command in 7B and 7T. -- Robbie
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