scratch guards (guitar, mandolin) are a good source of material or simply buy one of those huge bass picks and trim it with flat-edged scissors to the roman shape.
I would contact Red bear and ask them how thin they can make it. I believe that I asked the same question yet mine is not as thin as I would like. OTOH I am not sure at what point they would be too thin to use. I also think that the Tortis sheet that are available for making pickguards are different in composition to the ones that Red Bear use.
Bill, the big triangle Fender pick is still not big enough to make a Roman plectrum - I have tried it. I have also tried to make a "substitute Roman pick" out of TWO large triangles, sort of making a half roman pick out of each and simply gluing them together flat-on-flat. I wanted to try the mechanics of a Roman pick, without the intricate radiused cross section. Well, the result was interesting, but not too succesful ... Well, I did find out a completely new kind of pick noise, with the UPPER part of plectrum slapping against my index finger middle joint when playing DUDU . Guess I have to train more...
"Or if you do not like the breath mints try the Ferrero Rocher.
The box, I mean ."
THAT`s interesting! I like the contents a great deal, but never thought about playing mandolin with the box!
Monica here, from Red Bear Trading. I just wanted to let you know that we have reduced the price of our Roman Mandolin Plectrum to $25. We are going to add a Neopolitan style plectrum as well, and it will be priced at $20. We are also very excited to be working with Sebastiann DeGrebber on a newly designed Raneiri style Roman Plectrum. He has given us his preferred specifications and we will begin making the new plectrums sometime soon.
Please don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions at all concerning these plectrums, our other picks, or if you want to know the best way to work onour picks to make them thinner or whatever you want to do with them.
Red Bear Trading Company
It is always very exciting when an instrument builder —and a pick, like a bow, IS an instrument— collaborates with a fine performer. I look forward to the products that will ensue from this collaboration.
It is not man who lives, but his work. (Ioannis Kapodistrias)
Thank you, Victor - we're excited too and will keep you posted.