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    What picks are you guys using?

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    I have owned several Eastmans, though I don't have one now.For the last few years I have used exclusively the Dunlop Primetone Triangle 1.5 Grip Plectrum on Eastmans and other mando instruments.
    Is it the best to use? Who can say. I have tried many brands and models starting with the .75 Fenders all the way to the $35.00 picks. These Dunlops seem are what I favor. It is good that there are so many different ones to try as preferences by players are all over the board.
    Have fun experimenting. I did.
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    I (for now) use the same picks on all my mandolins of the same type, Blue Chip TD 50s on f hole ones, and Blue Chip TD 40s on oval hole ones. I don't have any flat top or bowlback mandolins.
    Scott Rucker
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    Eastman 504 CS

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    My question is why does it matter if you play an Eastman?
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    Blue chip tpr 50.
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    Favoring a darker classical sound, I use a non-bevelled BC TP-60.

    I don't just play Eastman mandolins with that pick... :-)
    Trinity College TM325 Octave Mandolin (converted to 4-string tenor guitar).
    Eastman MD-605SB, MD-604SB, MD-305, all with Grover 309 tuners.
    Eastwood 4 string electric mandostang, 2x Airline e-mandola (4-string) one strung as an e-OM.
    DSP's: Helix HX Stomp, various Zooms.
    Amps: QSC-K10, DBR-10, THR-10, Sony XB-20.

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    Primetone 1.4 big triangle for live volume and clarity; Wegen 1.4 for recording (less pick noise).

    Of course, I have dozens of others, and as long as they’re in the general thickness range, they pretty much sound within 10% of each other. This is all based on medium J74-type strings.

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    I made a video using my Eastman playing it with a Wegen triangle 1.40 pick. It sounded great on the video.

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    My son got a new 305 in August last year. We tried several picks with it, including my trusty Blue Chip TP60, Primetone 1.5 large triangle and various others, and the Wegen TF140 was best. Have to say that the Wegen isn’t as good as the BC on my Northfield, but it was stunning on the 305.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandoglobal View Post
    My question is why does it matter if you play an Eastman?
    When I owned one I was always looking for a pick to make my G string sound richer. Alas,money solved that one. In hindsight I wish I'd have played it for a year because I've come to realize how things can change over time.
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    I have a lot of different picks including my last favorite, the Blue Chip CT1.5. My current favorite is the Dunlop Prime Tone small triangle non grip. I love them and the price lets me keep spares around.
    Doug Brock
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    Sign up for the Pick Sampler and youíll be able to try just about everything thatís out there.
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    My top 3 (in no particular order): Blue Chip CT55, Red Bear (triangular and traditional with holes), and D'Andrea ProPlec.
    Eastman 605 and Kentucky 300e mandolins.

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    I've got a couple Eastmans I take to bar gigs and festivals, a 614 and an 814. Both of 'em as well as a number of Eastmans I've worked on for friends have all been really fussy about strings. Guage, brand, and age all make a huge difference to the Eastmans I've had in my paws.
    As far as picks, I think that's more personal preference than anything else. Mine is a nice thick 1.5mm, rounded tip pick. Dawgs or the D'Andrea proplec (literally the exact same pick with different printing). I'll stick a little speed bevel on 'em with some 600 grit wet/dry paper and polish it up with some 1600.

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    Primetones or blue chip do best on mine

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    BC small jazz pick
    1920 Lyon & Healy bowlback
    1923 Gibson A-1 snakehead
    1952 Strad-o-lin
    1983 Giannini ABSM1 bandolim
    2009 Giannini GBSM3 bandolim
    2011 Eastman MD305

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