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    These are a little out of the ordianry :
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    made out of buffalo horn and supplied by Clifford Essex for the grand sum of 1.50, same again for P & P.

    I opened mine today, it's about 4cm long and 1.5 wide and a bit under 1mm thick.

    I have had a quick try and quite like it, my current favorite pick is the black Gibson heavy in the photo and I guess this is no 2 at the moment.

    The edges are a bit sharp so I might try chamfering and rounding them as it's a bit 'grabby' on the lighter strings, but I can get a lot more volume control out of it than I can the Gibson.

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    It looks a little wide to my eyes. Usually the Ranieri/Roman picks are thicker in the middle and taper to the edges. I have std bull horn picks and they are sort of mushy sounding to my ears. I don't know if there are differences in buffalo horn.

    If you like it, tho, that is great and the price certainly is reasonable.
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    I've tried the Clayton horn pick, sounded too clicky to me.

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    I buy these and re-shape them to my style. It's a great material.
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    Under 1mm thick seems very thin for a Ranieri style, and possibly too flexible as well (but I don't know about buffalo horn). Still, I like them much thicker; at least 2mm so I can taper them with a gradual bevel, and they don't flex at all. But that's me.

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    I found that the horn picks were just too soft for me and wore out fast. YMMV.
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    I agree with bratsche that they should be thicker. I made my Roman picks from ultem plastic and other than that verboten organic substance, it works pretty well. The thicker stiff is the hardest but I really need to set up my belt sander and can prob do a better job with those.
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