I avoid using <note> because it is so vague and there is almost always something more specific.  I've used <odd> before, primarily for strange appendices, but I've never used it at the <c##> level.  Nothing wrong in terms of the EAD structure, but again, I think in most cases there is a more specific tag available. 

Have you considered using <scopecontent>?  If you were to catalog the items you are describing in your <dsc>, you'd put the summary description of them in a 520 field, which is the MARC analog of <scopecontent>.  I see no reason why <scopecontent> isn't an appropriate place for transcriptions, and there's no clear home for them in EAD.  If you wanted to systematically treat transcriptions in a particular way - say with certain margins and/or font - you might want to encode them with <odd type="transcription"> so that your stylesheet could treat them appropriately, but by looking at your file it doesn't seem like this would be necessary.

Best of luck,

Mike Rush

At 12:01 PM 1/3/2006, you wrote:
Hi everyone and happy new year.  We have a finding aid with item-level description with a summary description/transcription underneath (see link below).  Initially we put the information in a note element, but have also considered putting in the other descriptive data element.  Are there any advantages or disadvantages to either element?  Any suggestions welcome and thanks, Mark

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