Music Media for Mechanical
Rollographies & Discographies
& Tune Lists
A rollography is a systematic listing
(traditionally a book) of all known music rolls intended to form an authoritative
guide to the subject, and usually includes history and artist biographies.
A catalog or list usually shows only the data
of the label on the music roll. A discography is like
a rollography except it's concerned with music box discs (or phonograph
records). See the discussion "Data
Base Rollography or Catalog" by librarian Matthew Caulfield.
MMD: Music Roll Brands -- brand names
and companies and label illustrations
Music Rolls -- this chart (and a good measuring rule) will help
to determine what instrument the music roll plays.
MMD: QRS Dealers'
Reference Catalog of 1922
MMD: List of QRS Playasax
Rolls, courtesy Frank Adams and Ed Schmidt
MMD: Tables of Music
Box and Organette Media, compiled by Kevin McElhone
MMD: List of Ariosa 18-Note Musical Box
Discs, compiled by Kevin McElhone
MMD: List of Aeolian 46-Note Player Organ
Rolls, compiled by Kevin McElhone
MMD: List of 66-key B.A.B. Rolls
MMD: List of Aeolian Duo-Art 176-Note Organ
MMD: List of Aeolian-Skinner Rolls for the
Hammond BA Player Organ
MMD: List of Post-WW2 Reproducing Piano Rolls
published in the 1970s & later
MMD: List of Pseudonyms - Reproducing Piano
Roll Artists, compiled by Steve Rattle and Peter Phillips
MMD: Reproduco Music Rolls & Organ
Rolls (Operators Piano Co.)
MMD: Supertone Player Music Rolls
-- a portion of Mike Montgomery's Columbia/Capitol rollography, with recent
additions and historical information.
MMD: Columbia/Capitol Music Rolls --
catalog compiled by Mike Montgomery
MMD: Fats Waller Rollography -- by John
MMD: Song Titles of Polyphon 11" Discs --
by Kevin McElhone (010202 MMD)
MMD: List of Duo-Art AudioGraphic Music
Rolls - "The World's Music" -- compiled by Randolph Herr (030408 MMDigest)
Roller Organ Website has a list of more than 1200 rollers (cobs)
for the roller organ, as well as images of the various styles of labels.
Popular brands include Gem Roller Organ, Concert Roller Organ, Chautauqua
Associates -- Philipps Pianella / Wurlitzer Mandolin and Concert
PianOrchestra music roll research and database project.
Matthew Caulfield's Wurlitzer
165 Site -- A catalog of music rolls for the Wurlitzer Style 165
Military Band Organ, compiled by Gary Watkins, revised by Matthew O. Caulfield.
Includes rolls by T.R.T, Play-Rite composites, B.A.B. conversions and new
music by contemporary arrangers.
Reproducing Piano Roll Foundation (RPRF)
-- Catalogs of classical music performances on piano rolls, selected for
their historical importance, including Hupfeld, Philipps, Pleyela and American
Billings, Ginny and Bob, The Billings Rollography,
6 volumes, hardcover, publ. privately,
1990-2001. Includes QRS 88 Note, Recordo, Solo Carola, artist
of the QRS company. Vol. 6 includes Tel-Electric Co.. Library
of Congress card # 2-899-950. Available from the author, email:
Conway, Jack M., Catalog of Wurlitzer Style 150 Music Rolls, publ.
privately. 157 pages, 8.5" x 11" in a 3-ring binder, containing a
list of approximately 436 rolls and their song titles from all manufacturers,
including an alphabetical index of songs. Price $30 including postage
paid in USA. Available from the author: Jack
M. Conway <email@example.com>, 2828 Angus Street, Los Angeles,
CA 90039 USA
DeLand, Robert, Columbia/Capitol "A" Roll Master
List, publ. privately.
Montgomery, Michael, Columbia, Capitol, Supertone and Challenge Word
Roll Catalog -
Compiled by Mike Montgomery, publ. privately ca. 1980.
Obenchain, Elain, The Complete Catalog of Ampico
Reproducing Piano Rolls, publ. by William H. Edgerton, Darian CT 06820
USA, 1977. ISBN 0-9601172-1-0 [No longer available]
Riley, Richard L., Hot Recut Piano-Rollography,
privately ca. 1989. [Availability unknown.]
Smith, Charles Davis, Catalog of Duo-Art Piano
Rolls, publ. by The Player Shop, Monrovia CA 91016 USA, 1987.
[No ISBN.] [Available from Keystone Music Roll Co. See MMD
Smith, Charles Davis and Howe, Richard James,
Welte-Mignon, its music and musicians, publ. by Vestal Press for AMICA,
1994. ISBN 1-879511-17-7. [No longer available.]
Watkins, Gary, "A Catalog of Music Rolls for
the Wurlitzer Military Band Organ Style 165, publ. privately June 1969.
[No longer available.]
Webb, Graham and Conn, Coulson, The Disc Musical Box Handbook,
publ. by Musical Box
Society International (MBSI). An index of tune lists appearing
in MBSI publications.
Last updated 11 May 2004