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    Now, on a mandolin item: Is "grippy" a technical term? Everyone seems to be using it.


    Look at post #1, the amber pick on the right has texture molded into the pick surface. It increases the ability to grip it, therefore is grippy.
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    How grippy was me monroes pick? Better get me one exactly the same.

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    I was over visiting some family in the UK and picked up a pack of the "grippy" picks. I couldn't find anywhere stocking the "printed" ones.

    They are a very nice pick and I've been using them along with my regular picks.

    I normally use either a wegen TF140 or a Bluechip CT55. I switch between the two as I sometimes find the wegen too bright and the Bluechip can at times be a tad dark. I find the primetone "grippy" to be somewhere inbetween the wegen and bluechip in terms of brightness.

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    I like the fact that we all can obsess over plectrums. I have saved a lot of money adding picks rather mandolins to my household!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkdboyd View Post
    I like the fact that we all can obsess over plectrums. I have saved a lot of money adding picks rather mandolins to my household!
    Ha ha! I can just see the next thread..."What's the best mandolin to play with my Bluechip CT55?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Busman View Post
    Ha ha! I can just see the next thread..."What's the best mandolin to play with my Bluechip CT55?"
    Please, don't even start!!!
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    From Noah - " I couldn't find anywhere stocking the "printed" ones.". GAK in Brighton UK sell them,but they should be widely available in the US. If like me,in warm weather the ''clammy hand syndrome'' kicks in,the flat,printed ones stick like glue to my fingers when even the grippy ones are tending to twist around a bit,
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    I've got both kinds in large triangle 1.5mm. The non grippy one is my favorite of the two. The difference in sound is very evident between the two. My BC TAD 60 still beats out both for mandolin, but not by much, so I'm very happy with the Primetones. I'll take em out of the house and keep em in my wallet for going to music stores. I don't however prefer the BC for my acoustic guitars. The primetones also sound good on my Martin, but my Hense Happy Turtle 1.4mm is the favorite for flatpicking.
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    On my mandolins I still prefer my BC CT55, but the darker colored 1.4 mm Primetones aren't bad. I find BC gives the most full, darkest tone, PT is slightly brighter, and Wegen TF 140 is the brightest, though I like them all and use them all depending on my mood and the song•If I had to choose only one, it'd be the BC.
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    I was having trouble with all pics. I simply couldn't hold on to them anymore because of a neurological problem I've developed. I contacted Dunlop and told them that I was having problems and they sent me a couple of prime tones with a grippy surface for free. They're not the perfect answer but they do help. I very much appreciate Dunlop helping me and refuse to use anything else. When someone goes out of their way to help me they earn my business for life. You do whatever works for you.
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    The Primetone picks with the texture are indeed easy to hold on to. I’ve been experimenting with superglue and sandpaper on my Blue Chip, which works fine until it wears smooth. The Primetones are brighter though, and I use one with my old A1.

    I’ve also been experimenting with the grip Mike Compton uses, which places the pick between knuckle joints. It stays in place like that and gives a solid attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randy_jiner View Post
    I was having trouble with all pics. I simply couldn't hold on to them anymore because of a neurological problem I've developed. I contacted Dunlop and told them that I was having problems and they sent me a couple of prime tones with a grippy surface for free. They're not the perfect answer but they do help. I very much appreciate Dunlop helping me and refuse to use anything else. When someone goes out of their way to help me they earn my business for life. You do whatever works for you.
    Always cool to hear about a company taking an interest in an individual’s needs!
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    I've been using Monster Grips for several years. They work great and don't wear out. They're small discs of silicon rubber with built-in tackiness that you can apply to one or both sides of a pick. They add no weight to the pick. When they begin to lose their tacky qualities, I wash them in a little soap and water and they're good as new. Alcohol hand gel cleans them, too.

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    Old thread, but I use the Dunlop 24513150003 Primetone Triangle 1.5mm Sculpted Plectra (Smooth)
    The ones with the grip are easier to hold but they are clicky to me. I know they are made of the same material but they sound different to me. I'm curious about the Blue Chip CT55 but I lose picks at shows and on tour pretty often. That would be a costly loss. Still, I'm curious...
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    Quote Originally Posted by McIrish View Post
    Old thread, but I use the Dunlop 24513150003 Primetone Triangle 1.5mm Sculpted Plectra (Smooth)
    The ones with the grip are easier to hold but they are clicky to me. I know they are made of the same material but they sound different to me. I'm curious about the Blue Chip CT55 but I lose picks at shows and on tour pretty often. That would be a costly loss. Still, I'm curious...
    I think you will find that when you have a $40 pick, you know where it is at all times. I have a pick for every instrument, and it stays in the strings if I put the instrument. I really should have a traveling pick to take to stores. You pay more attention to where a BC pick is.
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    I don’t want to jinx myself, but I don’t recall ever losing a pick in 20 years of professional playing. With the exception of dropping one through a gap in deck material that was too scary to crawl under. That said, I weekly freak out as to where my keys or glasses have gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHopkins View Post
    I've been using Monster Grips for several years. They work great and don't wear out. They're small discs of silicon rubber with built-in tackiness that you can apply to one or both sides of a pick. They add no weight to the pick. When they begin to lose their tacky qualities, I wash them in a little soap and water and they're good as new. Alcohol hand gel cleans them, too.

    Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Monster Grips in any way.
    I've heard about those. I'll have to give them a try.

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    Dunlop Primetones are among my favorite picks (particularly the Triangle and Standard shapes at 1.5 or 2mm), along with Dunlop Big Stubby 3mm in Lexan (purple) and Wegen M250.
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    So happy for this thread!

    I just picked up a 12-pack if the Dunlop Primetones 1.5. My mando is in the shop though, so Iíll have to wait to try them. They do feel really good.

    Iím also a fan of the Tortex series, and recently bought a load of the gray/black ones, the 1.5s. They sound good, but they wear out pretty quickly.

    You know, I was listening to the Mandolins and Beer podcast recently and Matt Flinner was the guest, talking about using Dunlop picks. Darol Angor turned him into the Dunlop Flow. That was pretty cool.

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    I read a lot of reviews on the Primetones so I ordered some 1.4 and 1.5mm and I don't like them at all. They were just dull and lifeless to me, I like my traditional lite 1.5mm VPick much much better and I don't notice a huge clicky sound as some mention.

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    I keep some around. They are good but slightly dull on the high end for my tastes. But I'm using .96 and 1.0 Primetones. And comparing them to BC 35 and 40 and Wegen Bluegrass 100. All three work for me. But some mandolins seem to have a preference of one over the other.

    Did notice one of my favorite players, Bob Douglas, uses Tortex .88 on his mandolin. Might have to give those another try.
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    I have a few and Iíve noticed more wear on one in a couple of weeks than on my Blue Chips in two years. I do like them for guitar, but not as much as Wegens.
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