What does an Aeolian Duo-Art roll look like?

The Duo-Art rolls of the Aeolian Company are based on the 88 standard format and also have the perforations necessary for reproduction. You can therefore also play the Duo-Art rolls on normal 88 standard pianolas - all you have to do is to tape four holes each in the bass and treble, as these are intended for emphasis control. The Duo-Art reels have the distinctive Duo-Art decoration at the beginning of the reel on thicker paper in the middle of which the reel number, title and artist are mentioned. Some reels also carry the photograph of the pianist a little further up the beginning of the reel. In addition to this label, the cartons often carry the signature of the pianist and usually also a price indication of the roll. The sides are designed in black, as with the 88 note rolls made of bakelite. There is a round eyelet at the beginning of the roll to hang it into the reel. The Duoart reels are available in large numbers in America and England as well-preserved originals. The paper is 28.6 cm wide.

Duo-Art by Aeolian plays 85 notes. The repertoire is especially interesting, because besides the big classical repertoire there is a strong representation of ragtime, blues, jazz, etc. Just as Ampico S. Rachmaninoff was a major contributor to the sales success, so is I. Paderewski with his many recordings with Aeolian Duo-Art. Other titles only available on Duo-Art, e.g. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue as well as titles by Stravinsky and others make Duo-Art very interesting. In the early 1930s, Aeolian also published the Audiographic Series and the Educational Series, among others, which are scrolls with plenty of information about the composer, the piece and the pianist at the beginning of the role. Beautiful.

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