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Scanning Reproducing Piano Rolls for Archiving
By Paul Manganaro

Thanks to all of you who sent emails with such positive response to
my last posting.  I'm glad Spencer Chase is taking the time to scan
so many reproducing rolls.  I encourage all collectors to contribute
to his already extensive list of Ampico, Welte and Duo-Art titles.
To add to this archive, you only have to go to his web site and look
at the list of rolls already scanned.

If you have any _original_ copies of rolls not listed, contact Spencer
to have your roll titles added to the archive.  Presently, Spencer has
more than 3700 reproducing MIDI files to offer for only $200.  With
this much effort already put forth, someday it may be possible to have
a complete MIDI archive of all reproducing roll titles.

I would encourage other collectors with scanners to ask for specific
types of rolls in order to preserve music while the paper is still
intact.  There are a number of brands of rolls that have high acid
content paper that should be scanned while the rolls are still with us.

At the next local Lady Liberty chapter meeting of AMICA that I attend,
I'm going to ask the membership if they would like to pay for shipping
costs so that our members can add their roll collections to MIDI
archives.  Our local chapter has the luxury of a surplus of funds,
because we seldom find a purpose for spending.  One of our members
has more than 800 Aeolian Grand rolls he would like to have scanned.
These rolls are often good up to the last few wrappings at the end of
the roll.  I think it would be great if our chapter could contribute
to the preservation effort.

Paul Manganaro

(Message sent Tue 27 Feb 2007, 00:15:42 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Archiving, Piano, Reproducing, Rolls, Scanning

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