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Music Rolls with Words - An American Industry
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I'd like to hear from anyone who has either an idea for or an
actual machine for manufacturing player piano music rolls with words
printed on the roll.  With all the technology we have today, it can't
be all that difficult to marry a perforator, a printer, and a spooler
into one relatively simple piece of machinery that's operated by a
relatively simple computer.

I don't know about anyone else, but I can't sit back and watch as the
player piano industry evaporates before my eyes.  We're talking about
more than a century of American history.  We're talking about the
music, the happiness, and the livelihoods of generations of Americans,
not to mention the coming generations.  It might not be a huge industry,
but historically it's hugely important, and it needs help now!

No doubt there are those who will call me crazy for even thinking
such a thing, but today I appealed to the Federal Government for
a 2.5 million dollar grant to bring a player piano supplies and music
rolls industry to New Jersey.

My plan of attack is the same as it was when I first opened Player-Care
back in 1996 -- "Give the people what they want, and prove that the
mystery, magic, and music are not lost."

Back then, everyone said I was nuts to waste my time and money on such
a niche industry.  To that I say, Player-Care gets about 1/2 million
unique hits a year, and I'm grossing half of what PPCo grossed in its
last two years.  And I don't have a huge 5-story building, any
employees, and 53% of my mortgage, property taxes, and utility costs
are write-offs on my taxes.  You do the math...

Also, since PPCo closed, my business has picked up significantly.
As an old saying goes, "I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger".
(More on PPCo at a later date.)  Right now, one of my main concerns is
producing word rolls.  And I'll go a step further and say that the job
can most likely be done for less than what it costs QRS because they
use machinery that's many decades old and inefficient.  Let's bring
this trade into the 21st Century where it belongs.

"Keep the Music Rolling"

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

 [ The laser printer makes beautiful images on the wax coated piano
 [ roll paper; try it!  But a laser printer for 11.25" wide continuous
 [ feed music roll paper is likely to be quite expensive...  -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 20 Mar 2009, 16:43:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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