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My First Pilgrimage to the Mecca of Pan - Entry 17

Posted by Eric Mannweiler on March 5, 2011

Trinidad & Tobago


Hello again,

EricI want to give a quick update while I have the opportunity. Two days ago I went to Curepe to Gill's pan shop, where I met tuner Billy Sheeder and a number of other people. A few of us from Starlift were able to watch him work and talk about tuning techniques and whatnot. Then a tuner brought in a low C bore lead, regular sized pan, but which had notes from low C all the way up to high B (almost 4 full octaves!!!) The top notes actually spoke as well! I was blown away... I have been offered to come back to learn a little more about tuning, which I fully plan on taking advantage of!

I also had chicken roti from San Juan's Patraj... I know many people have been backing Patraj as the best Roti in town, and though I admit we got there right before the closed, I have to say thus far Sherrys and Sylvies both are winning the Roti challenge.

Last but not least, I was liming in Playboyz yard trying to get a ride to Starlift, when Kenneth Clarke drove by and offered me a ride. During the trip he made a detour to show me where North Stars' original panyard was (as well as the break-off band Sunjets), and introduced me to a number of former North Stars panmen. He also stopped by St. James North Stars' panyard, where I met Mr. Earle Brooks! It was quite a thrill to see these things and meet these people....

I am going to leave off there, but I will do my best to update again before the week is out! Until then,



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