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ArtEcho Test Roll
By Rich Schommer

Doug Bullock asked about an ArtEcho test roll [210726 MMD]. I have one.
It needs to be re-cut. Over the years there has been discussion of a
re-cutting project for ArtEcho rolls, but nothing has ever developed.

Amphion issued one of the best shop charts for any reproducing piano
for the ArtEcho uprights and another for the grand pianos. Vestal
Press reprinted them. The original charts can be found issued for
ArtEcho, Apollo and Celco. Apollo was exclusively Wurlitzer, and
Celco was for the National Piano Company: Chase, Emerson & Lindeman.

Someone should also consider re-cutting "The Charleston." ArtEcho
was the only reproducing system that James P. Johnson recorded his
unofficial anthem of the 1920s for.

The ArtEcho/Apollo classical selections were almost entirely
transcriptions from recordings for other systems. The popular rolls
were all produced by QRS. Most of them were also released as Recordo
rolls. A lot of the regular QRS 88-note rolls from the 1920s were
also released as ArtEcho or Apollo rolls.

Many of the reproducing rolls are slightly different from the regular
88-note releases. A number of the "mandolin" rolls issued as 88-note
rolls by "Scott & Watters" were issued as straight duets by Arden &
Ohman for Apollo/ArtEcho.

Rich Schommer
Alliance, Nebraska

(Message sent Mon 2 Aug 2021, 11:15:54 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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