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Strange Music Roll Term

From: paulfar@cox.net.geentroep (Paul Eggert)
To: "Mechanical Music Digest" 
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:17:20 -0700

Subject: Strange Piano Roll Term: "Full Compass"

I recently acquired an 88-note roll with snakebite-like expression on
the right margin that raises two questions.

The brand name seems to be "Accentist" on the roll label and box label.
Does anyone know anything about that brand?  It may be Canadian.

The inside of the box and the roll leader mention "Imperial Linenized,"
apparently a reference to the linen roll leader.  The note on the
inside of the box states "To avoid confusion when ordering 'Imperial
Linenized' music rolls, please mention the name and compass of your
roller."  The box states that "This box contains 'Imperial Linenized'
Full Compass [underlined] Music Roll."

What does the term "compass" mean, when referring to a piano roll, and
what does "Full Compass" mean?

Paul Eggert
Fountain Hills, AZ

From: John A Tuttle

In my opinion, the term 'full compass' means that it's an 88-note music 
roll. In other words, it plays the 'full range' of the piano.

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