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Unknown Reproduco
Unknown March Tunes on Reproduco Roll
by Robbie Rhodes (120701 MMDigest)

Douglas Heffer seeks help to identify some unknown marches on a Reproduco roll with no leader or label and with an unknown number of tunes missing after the leader.  He sent audio recordings of his restored Reproduco piano-organ playing the existent tunes of the incomplete roll, which I will place at the MMD Sounds site.

I recognized the first two songs and found comparison recordings on YouTube:

(a) heffer_unk_a.mp3    (2,533 KB  2:42 duration)   Rotary March (Joseph M. Hahn, 1916)
(b) heffer_unk_b.mp3    (2,346 KB  2:30 duration)  Under The Double Eagle (J. F. Wagner, 1902)
(c) heffer_unk_c.mp3    (4,668 KB  4:59 duration)
(d) heffer_unk_d.mp3    (1,730 KB  1:51 duration)
(e) heffer_unk_e.mp3    (3,716 KB  3:58 duration)

At  is a partial catalog of Reproduco rolls.  "Rotary March" and "Under The Double Eagle" appear on roll OS-196.  Unfortunately, we don't know what songs follow after "Under The Double Eagle".  The (recut) long roll was split into two portions and mounted on Ampico medium spools so that it could be played in a standard 88-note spool frame but we have song titles for only the first of the two (smaller) rolls.

Robbie Rhodes
Etiwanda, Calif.
30 Jun 2012 23:59:60 -0700

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1 July 2012

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