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List of QRS Playasax Rolls
courtesy Frank Adams and Ed Schmidt

P-100	Abide With Me
P-101	Annie Laurie
P-102	America
P-103	Angels From the Realms Of Glory
P-104	Aloha Oe
P-105	Auch Der Lieber Augustin
P-106	Blue Bells Of Scotland
P-107	Comin' Thru the Rye
P-108	Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
P-109	Come, All Ye Faithful

P-110	Darling Nelly Gray
P-111	Dixie
P-112	Emmet's Lullaby
P-113	Flow Gently Sweet Afton
P-114	Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
P-115	Hot Time In the Old Town
P-116	How Dry I Am
P-117	Humoresque
P-118	Home Sweet Home
P-119	Irish Washerwoman (Jig)

P-120	In the Good Old Summertime
P-121	It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
P-122	John Brown's Body
P-123	Jerry 0wen
P-124	Juanita
P-125	Joy To the World
P-126	Jingle Bells
P-127	Little Annie Rooney
P-128	Last Rose Of Summer
P-129	Long Long Ago

P-130	Love's Old Sweet Song
P-131	Let Me Call You Sweet Heart
P-132	Listen To the Mocking Bird
P-133	Mighty Lak' a Rose
P-134	Maryland, My Maryland
P-135	Massa's In the Cold, Cold Ground
P-136	Marching Thru Georgia
P-137	My Old Kentucky Home
P-138	Merry Widow Waltz
P-139	My Wild Irish Rose

P-140	O Sole Mio
P-141	Over the Waves
P-142	Old Black Joe
P-143	Auld Lang Syne
P-144	Onward, Christian Soldiers
P-145	Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem
P-146	Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?
P-147	Polly Wolly Doodle
P-148	A Perfect Day
P-149	Sidewalks Of New York
P-150	Sweet Rosy O'Grady

P-151	Sweet Adeline
P-152	St. Patrick's Day
P-153	Sweet And Low
P-154	Star Spangled Banner
P-155	Silver Threads Among the Gold
P-156	Silent Night
P-157	Those Endearing Young Charms
P-158	Turkey In the Straw
P-159	Wearin' Of the Green

P-160	We Three Kings
P-161	Way Down Upon the Swanee River
P-162	When You And I Were Young Maggie
P-163	Yankee Doodle
P-164	On Wisconsin
P-165	Yale Bocla Song
P-166	The Victor's March
P-167	Hail to the Orange
P-168	Go U Northwestern
P-169	Indiana, My Indiana

P-170	Carmen (Ohio)
P-171	The U of M Rouser
P-172	Victory March
P-175	Pagan Love Song (From "The Pagan")
P-176	I Get the Blues When It Rains
P-177	Where Is the Song Of Songs For Me?
P-178	Sleepy Valley
P-179	Honey

P-180	Do Something (From "Syncopation")
P-181	Breakaway (From "Fox Movietone Follies Of 1929")
P-182	Mean To Me
P-183	Big City Blues (From "Fox Movietone Follies Of 1929")
P-184	Wake Up, Chill'un, Wake Up
P-185	Am I Blue
P-186	Smiles
P-187	Wedding Of the Painted Doll
P-189	Tip Toe Through the Tulips With Me

P-190	Singin' In the Rain
P-191	Sweethearts On Parade
P-192	Parade Of the Wooden Soldiers
P-193	Lover Come Back To Me
P-194	Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life
P-195	I'm Just a Vagabond Lover
P-196	Piccolo Pete
P-198	Congratulations
P-199	Ain't Misbehavin'

P-200	Love Me
P-201	Marianne (from "Marianne")
P-202	All That I Am Asking Is Sympathy
P-203	If I Had a Talking Picture Of You
P-205	Melancholy
P-206	A Little Kiss each Morning
P-207	Turn On the Heat
P-208	Singin' in the Bathtub
P-209	Painting the Clouds with Sunshine

P-210	Aren't We All
P-211	Kansas City Blues
P-212	Twelfth Street Rag
P-214	Wabash Blues
P-215	Shake That Thing
P-216	Good Night
P-217	Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech
P-218	Four or Five Times
P-219	Munequita

P-220	Negra Consentida
P-221	Veleidosa
P-222	Manatomes Y Claveles
P-223	Seranata Azul
P-224	Russiana
P-225	Sunny Jim
P-226	Crvin' for the Carolinas
P-227	Should I
P-228	Happy Days Are Here Again
P-229	Stein Song

P-230	Washington and Lee Swing
P-231	When It's Spring time in the Rockies
P-232	Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
P-233	Cheer Up
P-234	Swingin' In a Hammock
P-235	I Love You So Much
P-236	Just a Little Closer
P-237	You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
P-238	Little White Lies
P-239	Sweet Jennie Lee

P-240	Go Home and Tell Your Mother
P-241	Some Where in Old Wyoming
P-242	When the Organ Played at Twilight
P-244	River Stay 'Way From My Door
P-247	Hold Me
P-248	Stormy Weather
P-249	Star Dust

?	Blue Danube Waltz
?	If I Had a Hammer

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QRS roll boxes are labeled Playasax but some adverts spell the name
Play-A-Sax.  The Clarola was similar but supposedly resembled a clarinet.
The music roll is 4.25 inches wide and plays 16 notes.  The same roll played
the Fireside Player, Melody Player, PlaRola, Clarola and Playasax.

Newly perforated Playasax rolls are available from
Ed Schmidt
Schmidt's Music Rolls
6549 Locust Grove Road
Easton, MD 21601 USA
tel.: 1-410-770-4832

[published by QRS in the late 1930s]

1 -- Note that each Playasax roll has a slot in one end and a round hole in the other.  The slotted end is the bottom and the end with the round hole is the top. To place this roll in position to play, adjust the bottom or slotted end in the roll holder with the left hand, then raise the spring roll holder at the top slightly to admit the Playasax roll with the round hole at the top, and the spring will go back into place and hold the roll firmly in position.

2 -- After placing the roll as directed in the left hand roll holder, draw the paper across the tracker bar of the Playasax or where the openings are across the front of the Playasax, and then thread the paper through the slot in the core of the empty roll on the right hand side, folding the end that comes through over slightly, and turn the crank away from you until the openings in the roll appear over the slots In the tracker bar.  The Playasax is then ready to operate.

3 -- Take a firm hold of the lower part of the Playasax with the left hand and turn the crank away from you with the right hand.  Turn the crank slowly and breathe or draw on the mouthpiece -- do not put the mouthpiece in your mouth; put your lips against it and simply breathe naturally into it -- do not draw or blow hard.  Before the supply of air in your lungs been exhausted by blowing, start drawing on the mouthpiece and blow or draw in turn while you are turning the crank until the selection you have on the Playasax has been played  through. You will find after doing this a time or two that the Playasax can be very easily played.

4 -- To reroll, press the crank IN or to the left, and turn the crank in the same direction you have been turning it to play, which is away from you, and when the roll has been completely wound back to the left hand side, release the pressure you have been putting on the crank and it will come back into position itself ready to play again.

5 --  Remember, you do not have to wind the roll off the core at any time except when you change rolls -- simply watch when you are through playing or rewinding and when you come to the end of the perforations in the roll, stop turning the crank before the paper is pulled away from the core. This will save you the bother of having to thread the paper back on the core each time.

6 -- You can play the Playasax as fast or as slowly as you choose according to your own idea of how the roll should be played.  Simply suit yourself, but we recommend that you do not try to play it too fast, as you will get a far better result by using the slower motion with the crank.

The Playasax rewind gear rewinds the roll three times as fast as it plays.

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