|May 19th, 2011|
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 For a dance last summer I borrowed a cardboard exponential horn megaphone from walter lenk. Which was fun and helped some, but finicky and blocked my view.
 Several people have offered to lend portable amplification systems. I'm happier to stay entirely acoustic, though. With a fully acoustic group it feels more informal and I think people are much more comfortable trying out playing or calling. I really like the "hey, we just showed up and want to have fun" feel of it.
 We already deal with musicians being too quiet by having a large all-comers band, so this makes some sense.
 I just realised this means writing up some copies of dances that have the calls written out in the words one would use to call them, as opposed to in my sloppy shorthand.
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