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Recutting Piano Rolls
By Matthew Caulfield

Eric York asks a good question, in seeking a person who can and
will cut single copies of "singular" piano rolls.

I think the economic problem is that it is cheaper -- ignoring the
cost of the extra paper used in making multiple copies -- to make
multiple copies than it is to make a single copy.  The production
time is the same for both.  But the bigger, technical problem is that
some (maybe all?) perforators do not punch cleanly through a single
layer of paper.

From what I hear, Richard and Janet Tonnesen are not accepting any
new customers for their piano roll perforating business, Custom Music
Rolls of Richardson, Texas.  It will be interesting to hear from
others in the business what their requirements and services are.

Frank Himpsl's Valley Forge Music Roll Company is the one operation
that _does_ cut single copies.  It does that because it _can't_ punch
more than one layer of paper, or else the laser cutter which does the
"punching" will set fire to the paper!

Eric might contact Valley Forge and see what the economics of that
method are.  It does involve an extra step of scanning the original
roll into a MIDI file.  But if Eric sent a dozen rolls or so and
had them scanned into one file and then laser-cut as one long roll,
which could then be separated back into individual rolls, it might be
economically feasible.  Although my intuition tells me that his guess
of $60 per roll might be a tad low.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Sun 24 Dec 2006, 15:56:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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