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List of Aeolian 58-note Rolls
By Kevin McElhone

There were 6,952 Aeolian 58-note rolls made (1,472 on 116-note).

I completed this list in 1990 with only 158 titles missing, most of
which were gaps in original catalogues and, in fact, only two more
titles have turned up in the last 24 years even with the Internet.
I did print 50 copies at the time; the most popular composer was
Wagner, with 172 titles made.

The listing work was done on an IBM mainframe computer and saved
to 8-inch floppy disks; when I left, I made three copies.  I lent one
to a "friend" who said he could do the conversion to modern media.
He took four years to not do the job, kept saying "soon" and then he
moved house without telling me so I lost the disk.

I then delivered, in person, about five years ago, a second copy
to the National Computer Museum, attached to the Bletchley Park
code-breaking centre here in UK, as they said they had nearly completed
restoration of a machine to do this job.  I keep contacting them but
they have not yet got it working, assuming they have not lost my disk.

I am loath to let the last disk go...

The unfortunate thing is I do not think the printed pages can be
optically scanned as they are in a strange type-face which was
printed from the mainframe computer on the first A4 plain-paper
printer, instead of fan-fold computer paper.

If someone in UK can optically scan it, I would deliver the printout
in person (not via post) as I would like to make 5+ years work
available forever.

I still have a few rolls for sale...

Kevin McElhone
Northampton, UK

(Message sent Tue 2 Sep 2014, 06:28:46 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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