I am not that old and can't provide my impressions but can find some historical records. Wikipedia. Here you go. "In the era before World War I, phonograph cylinders and disc records competed with each other for public favor. The audio fidelity of a sound groove is debatably better if it is engraved on a cylinder due to better linear tracking. This was not resolved until the advent of RIAA standards in the early 1940s—by which time it had already been rendered academic, as cylinder production stopped with Edison's last efforts in October 1929." The next paragraph describes the advantages of cylinders that are in line with @45longcolt thoughts. So, cylinders may be better than disks. Why not use them? And further in the same Wikipedia article: "Small numbers of cylinders have been manufactured in the 21st century out of modern long-lasting materials." "In 2010 the British steampunk band The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing released the track "Sewer", from their debut album, Now That's What I Call Steampunk! Volume 1 on a wax cylinder in a limited edition of 40, of which only 30 were put on sale. The box set came with instructions on how to make your own cylinder player for less than £20. The BBC covered the release on Television on BBC Click, on BBC Online and on Radio 5 Live." "In August 2010, Ash International and PARC released the first commercially available glow in the dark phonograph cylinder, a work by Michael Esposito and Carl Michael von Hausswolff, entitled The Ghosts Of Effingham. The cylinder was released in a limited edition of 150 copies, and was produced by Vulcan Records in Sheffield, England." And here is how to hold cylinders properly. I didn't expect vinyl disks to come back to life. Since that happened I am expecting cylinders.