person behind the website, and why is he doing it?
early age, I've been fascinated by player pianos ("pianolas").
My first memory of one is as a child during a family trip to
Museum of Transport and Technology.
I fed a 20c coin into it, it played a roll at breakneck
tempo, and I've been hooked ever since!
Fast-forward 20 years, and I now have three of my own and a
collection of around 2500 rolls. I was lucky enough to be
able to find and purchase the assets of the Reliance Music
Roll Company, which operated in New Zealand from approx
1921-1930, including a large number of rolls from their roll
library, master rolls, documentation, and parts of the
Reliance rolls constitute some of the earliest recorded
music in New Zealand, and I felt they should be preserved in
some way. And now, thanks to the pioneering efforts of
Richard Stibbons, Wayne Stahnke, Terry Smythe, Warren Trachtman, Spencer
Chase, and others, the technology exists to do so by means
of optically scanning the rolls. My original roll scanner was
custom-built for me by Terry Smythe in Canada, and I now use
a scanner designed by Larry Doe in the USA. This is one of
the new generation of roll scanners that captures bi-colour
scans, resulting in the ability to preserve the lyrics and
other printed information on the rolls..
I live in
Auckland, New Zealand and
work as an international flight attendant. Other interests include genealogy, travel, and history.
I hope you
enjoy the site. Please do sign my guestbook and/or drop me a
line with your comments. I'd love to hear from you!