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Electrova Music Rolls
By Ed Gaida

I don't usually respond to telephone calls offering player piano
rolls for sale; I have more than I know what to do with, stored in two
locations.  When the phone rang today with an offer of rolls I told
the caller I was not interested.  Besides, they were 65-note pin-end
rolls as she described them to me.

After much begging to "take them off her hands" I went to see them.
Boxes upon boxes of rolls greeted me and I did not give them more than
a casual glance.  As I hefted one box off of another, I noticed that
the rolls underneath were just a bit different than the rest.  The
boxes were larger and the labels said "Electrova".

I ended up buying the box of Electrova rolls.  When I got them home
and began to examine them, I noticed that I really had three different
types of rolls, all spooled five tunes to one pin-end spool.  The most
unusual were the ones with the "D" shaped perforations.  I thought
immediately of the early Encore Banjo rolls.

Anyway, I can find out little about these rolls.  The two reference
works I use, "Treasures of Mechanical Music" and "Encyclopedia of
Automatic Musical Instruments", offered little help.  You will find
the photos at

Any information you can provide will be most helpful.  The music on
the rolls is something else again.  Rags, cakewalks, marches and a lot
of things by I. Berlin!

Ed Gaida - Preserving our musical past in San Antonio, Texas,
via punched paper -- as it should be.

(Message sent Fri 16 Jun 2006, 21:32:40 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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