Production [of Penny Lane] began in Studio 2 at Abbey Road on 29 December 1966 with piano as the main instrument. On 17 January 1967, trumpet player David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo. The solo, inspired by a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's second Brandenburg Concerto, is in a mock-Baroque style for which the piccolo trumpet (a small instrument built about one octave higher than the standard instrument) is particularly suited, having a clean and clear sound which penetrates well through thicker midrange textures. According to lead sound enginner Geoff Emerick, David Mason "nailed it," at some point during the recording; Paul McCartney tried to get him to do another take but producer George Martin insisted it wasn't necessary, sensing Mason's fatigue. Geoff Emerick also notes in his book that prior to this recording, the high "E" was considered unobtainable by trumpet musicians and has been expected of them since said performance on the record. Mason was paid 27 pounds and 10 shillings for his performance on the recording.