After an unbelievable number of takes, my rendition of the Berkeley March by Brooks & Denton (1890’s).

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Comment by Paul Draper on September 19, 2020 at 16:25

Group number for the rally that won’t be. See you in the spring, I hope!

Comment by Trapdoor2 on September 19, 2020 at 22:28


I feel for ya brother. I worked that one up for an Edison cylinder recording session, years ago. Got to the session and discovered I had only 2 minutes on the cylinder...I had to give it up because I couldn't wrap my head around a completely different sequence...

Comment by Paul Draper on September 20, 2020 at 15:18

I would crumple in a second under the pressure of recording onto a cylinder.  There isn’t enough wax in the world to accommodate the number of attempts it would take.

Comment by Trapdoor2 on September 20, 2020 at 16:05

Yah, thank goodness for the digital world! After I bombed out on the banjo cylinder session, I practiced my favorite tune for an hour on the anglo concertina and cut a cylinder. Amazing experience and it sounded pretty darn good.

The pressure to get it down in "one take" is huge. I can't imagine being FVE or Ossman or Oakley or anybody staring down the throat of that megaphone and calmly cranking out tune after tune.

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