Hi All, Although QRS is heavily invested in digital player pianos,
they are still very committed to paper music rolls. As I may have
mentioned previously, Amazon.com is now selling QRS music rolls. So,
I'm betting that music rolls will be around for a long time to come.
For the seventh year in a row, I broke my own sales records for music
rolls in October and November. Over a 1000 people a day visited
Player-Care in those two months. In November, I sold over $13,800.00
worth of rolls at a 15% discount.
More than 1200 people bought rebuilding supplies from me this year,
and it didn't surprise me that many of the same people were back some
months later to purchase music rolls. From where I sit, the number of
working roll-operated player pianos continues to grow, and with them
the demand for music rolls.
Many of the people who contact me for music rolls are 'first-timers'.
It's not uncommon for them to mention that they've recently inherited
a player piano or had an old one rebuilt or refurbished. That tells me
that those who work on player pianos for a living are constantly busy.
Lastly, and this is purely speculation, there seems to be a backlash in
the USA with regards to family values and political correctness. People
seem to be waking up to the fact that they have been manipulated by a
small minority for too many years, and they're taking action. Cultural
awareness of the importance of good music seems to be on the rise, and
player piano music is there to fill in the gap.
John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA