Does anyone have any info. on "pirate" wax cylinders? I recall reading years ago a memoir of someone who worked long ago in a shop selling cylinders. If a customer was not keen on buying a full price cylinder on a reputable label then he would offer a "pirate" brown wax copy of the cylinder at a lower price. These illegal copies were apparently produced by small companies. I assume the pirate companies did not produce catalogues/price lists by the very nature of the product.
I'm giving a talk of cylinder records to a local group here in the UK so would appreciate any additional info. on the subject. Can't find anything on the web.
Dear Fred, Pirating cylinder records was big business in Britain before the Copyright Act came into force and many companies, some more reputable than others, indulged in it.
The best source of material on pirated cylinder records that I know of is a booklet produced by the City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society (CLPGS) as part of their Reference Series. You can buy it via their web site on www.clpgs.org.uk/reference-series.html and scoll down to find RS24 "Phonograph Cylinder Histories No.6 - The Pirates".
The cost is £6.00 to non-CLPGS members including world-wide postage and as well as ahistory of these companies it also includes a well-filled CD of music from pirated cylinders.
Best of luck. As I and few other collectors in the UK are interested in this topic, would we be able to attend your talk?
Dear Tim Thanks. It was useful to learn of the CLPGS booklets especially the one on pirate records. The talk is on phonographs generally, so the pirates will only get a mention - not the subject of the talk itself. Regards. Fred.