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I wonder if this is being played at the correct speed?
What I think I hear is a plectrum playing on the long gut strings of a five string banjo tuned to A tuning: aAEG#B, on a recording which is sufficiently speeded up on playback to raise the pitch a half step. I think I discern the sound of the open strings and from I deduced the tuning as well as from the chord inversions. I don't think he was tuned up a half step. Bearing in mind that A 440 was not universal/standard in 1901 it still sounds speeded up a bit.
I need a lie down after just listening to that recording. Has to be a plectrum. If that was fingerstyle then someone would've had to slip something seriously enhancing in his cocoa.
A recent thread on this site about a different recording by Clark(e) established that he played with a plectrum and advertised himself as the foremost banjo plectrologist of the age. There was also controversy about his tuning; the sensible conclusion was that he tuned a 5-string banjo the usual way for his times. Of course it's possible that he tuned in various ways and had more than one banjo. But on this recording I think I hear chord shapes that are voiced as CGBD (at lower absolute pitch) would typically deliver on the long strings.
AFAIK, Berliner discs were meant to be played at 80rpm. If played on a 78rpm player, it would be just a tad lower in pitch (but not much, only 2rpm delta).
I have 17 Berliner discs but none with banjo, dammit.
Perhaps he was tuned f Bb F A C, a step below C tuning / a half step above A tuning.
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