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I recently purchased an old Ampico roll. It appeared to be in perfect condition but did not play well, the paper was stiff like cardboard and and (I am guessing) there was vacuum loss when it moved across the cylinder. I have old QRS rolls, the paper is thinner and tends to disintegrate rather than harden, but they play fine. As QRS is no longer in business this is going to be a long term problem. I have purchased rolls from QRS inventory and I wish they had informed me they where stopping roll manufacturing. I might have bought a few more knowing they were closing shop.

I can play the Ampico roll only if I force the start lever to stay in the start position.

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OK, looked on eBay and QRS must have dumped their remaining stock. Looking through the offerings and I am glad I got my Elton Jon, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Forest Gump sound track, and other new titles as THE GOOD ONES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!


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I do not see how to edit posts here so it seems I have to reply. Googleing I read where QRS is no longer producing rolls. Yet I found a link on their web site that works and supposedly I can request the grease medley xp270 which will be backordered and delivered when they get around to running off a batch. I am missing Hey Jude. It is available, in stock, for $15 yet I see it being offered on ebay for 31 plus 25 shipping. Not sure what is going on and if they are in business or not.

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QRS is still in business but has shut down their roll manufacturing facility in Buffalo. They are looking at ways of manufacturing rolls in smaller batches on-demand using newer techniques, but it seems progress has been slow due to the pandemic. Their focus for the past 30 years has been on solenoid-based player systems (Pianomation / PNOmation) and associated content in digital formats. Pneumatic rolls have been a dwindling part of the business.


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