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Pirating Music Rolls
By Mike Walter

Dear friends,  To answer a question that Mark Kinsler had intended
to ask a few days ago, "Yes," some piano roll companies did copy rolls
from other manufacturers and sold them as their own.

While I was growing up in the 1950s I used to play a great
arrangement of "Beautiful Ohio" on a regular basis.  The beginning of
the roll has long since gone, as well as the box, but the paper quality
and perforations seem to indicate a lesser brand of roll, possibly
Majestic, or maybe even an early Imperial.

Anyway, one day last year I had the opportunity to purchase a
collection of old rolls and while going through them I found a copy of
QRS #666, "Beautiful Ohio".  I thought I'd put it on the piano and see
what it sounded like.  I was amazed to find the same arrangement that
I had been listening to since 1953, only on a different label!

The next time I spoke with Bob Berkman at QRS I mentioned this
"abnormality" to him and he replied that it was not a common occurrence
years ago, but it did sometimes happen.  Others may share the same kind
of story.

Best wishes,
Mike Walter

(Message sent Tue 13 Dec 2005, 05:12:16 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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