Music roll in box, Violano Virtuoso, ‘No. 2929 - Favorite College Football Marches’, paper / cardboard / plastic / metal, music roll made by The Playrite Music Roll Company for Hack Music Rolls, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, box made by Longview Fibre Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 1996-1997

Made by Longview Fibre Company in Maryland, United States of America, 1996-1997.

The Violano Virtuoso was developed and produced by the Mills Novelty Company of the USA in 1909. It was developed at the time when player pianos and mechanical coin-in-slot devices were extremely popular and embraced this new form of public entertainment. The Violano, as the name suggests, was a combination of a piano and violin that was operated by a paper roll. Although similar in this respect to most player pianos by holding musical information on its roll, it used an electro-mechanical syste...

Summary

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Music roll in box, Violano Virtuoso, 'No. 2929 - Favorite College Football Marches', paper / cardboard / plastic / metal, music roll made by The Playrite Music Roll Company for Hack Music Rolls, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, box made by Longview Fibre Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 1996-1997.

Music roll for Violano Virtuoso in box. Brown paper music roll wrapped around spool with black plastic ends. Label listing contents of the roll stuck to leading edge of roll. The label includes title of roll and number, title of each piece, composer and/or lyricist and copyright information as well as original Violano catalogue number. A loose label with these details is also in the box.

Rectangular box made of thick brown cardboard with lid and base. Lid has writing on various parts. The top has information about the music roll and the manufacturer's name and address. Storage instructions are on either side of this text. Handling instructions are on one side. The other side has the name of the box maker and capacity of box. One end has a label with the contents of the roll.

Production

The music roll and box were probably designed by the Mills Novelty Company, USA.

The music roll was made by the Playrite Piano Roll Company for Hack Music Rolls. Dick Hack initiated and organised the Violano Rolls Project in 1993 to give owners of Violano Virtuoso machines an opportunity to buy reproduction music rolls as originals were scarce or becoming unplayable. The project was made viable by offering batches of rolls for sale so the sufficient demand allowed production to happen.

The box was made by Longview Fibre Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

The music roll and box were made in 1996-1997.
Longview Fibre Company 1996-1997
Mills Novelty Company 1909-1930

Cite this Object

Music roll in box, Violano Virtuoso, 'No. 2929 - Favorite College Football Marches', paper / cardboard / plastic / metal, music roll made by The Playrite Music Roll Company for Hack Music Rolls, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, box made by Longview Fibre Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 1996-1997 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <https://ma.as/12187>
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