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    Default Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    I know, I know... but I have been really getting into picks lately and was wondering if they could be easily categorized not by brand (BC, Red Bear, etc. etc.) but instead by material. Maybe that would be easier, and certainly more productive in my experimentation. Not interested in discussing the material-that-shall-not-be-named picks.

    So, some of the more pricey picks that I've been interested in and tried out, I'll start by throwing out a few of the categories:

    Casein - (Emlpicks, Red Bear, Charmed Life, Etc.)
    Resin - (Emlpicks, not sure about other makers)
    Horn - (Clayton, others..)
    Vespal - (BlueChip, Charmed Life)
    Derlin - (Tortex, others?)
    Acrylic - (V-Picks)
    Bone - (Clayton, others..)
    Nylon - (Dunlop, many others..)
    Celluloid - (Dunlop, Fender, many others..)

    and just discovered today in a related thread:

    Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) - (Emlpicks)



    I'm obviously leaving out steel, wood or stone. And coins. But if you have some ideas about any of those, let's hear it! So what is popular that I've left out?
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    Default Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    To answer your question: NO!
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    Thanks David,
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    As my mother used to say, "Too much of anything's enough." It makes no sense but it actually makes perfect sense.
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    No ! Next question ?
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    Default Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    Yes, how else will we hear how great BC picks are.

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    Answer to your question is NO.
    But I do think it makes more sense to talk about differences in materials than it does to talk about brands (in general).

    (but no, I don't want to talk about that either.)
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    What's a forum without conversation?

    Carry on!

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    Maybe we should preface each and every thread with, "At the risk of discussing something that has already been discussed, I'd like to ask....."

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    Add in:

    Ivoroid or Galalith (Manouche picks, a few others)
    Shellrin (which I think is like Casein)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    Maybe we should preface each and every thread with, "At the risk of discussing something that has already been discussed, I'd like to ask....."
    ....which is tantamount to saying, "I refuse to use the resources available in this forum."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHopkins View Post
    ....which is tantamount to saying, "I refuse to use the resources available in this forum."

    True, but I have seen people use the search resources you mention, comment on a thread from a couple years back only to get the response, "David, do you not realize that this thread is over four years old? I don't think the OP is still on the Cafe. You should just start a new one." So in the end, it really is a no win situation.

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    I used to use BC picks, then Wegen now a Clayton ultex. Tastes change, new people come to ask questions. In all the pick threads I don't believe anyone has discussed the Clayton ultex so there is something new you can't get in a search, so new conversations bring new ideas. If it's something you don't want to read, it's simple, don't open the thread. I know we have discussed picks to death, but there is still something new to be discussed and everyone has a different opinion. I also don't believe the EML picks were even available when we went on and on and on and on, etc................... about BC picks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thistle3585 View Post
    True, but I have seen people use the search resources you mention, comment on a thread from a couple years back only to get the response, "David, do you not realize that this thread is over four years old? I don't think the OP is still on the Cafe. You should just start a new one." So in the end, it really is a no win situation.

    Stop making sense. Next you'll be saying that the passive-agressive "I'm sure that others will be along to reply soon, but while you wait I did a search for you so you can read up" type responce isn't the most helpful thing in the whole world.

    Don't want to read another thread about picks? Don't click on it. No need to be hostile.

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    Do you really need another mandolin? Same answer.

    If we didn't rehash the same old subjects, there would be very few new posts, then where could we voice our uninformed opinions?
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    Don't say I didn't warn you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    If we didn't rehash the same old subjects, there would be very few new posts, then where could we voice our uninformed opinions?
    Sure, I agree it is entertainment. And, yes, a new post reaches new people who were not members 5, 10, etc., years ago.

    I know you are joking about the uninformed opinions (of which, there are quite a few!) but among them are also very informed opinions from leading scholars, historians, builders, professional musicians, and fans of the mandolin! I have learned a lot on MC, while being entertained!

    FWIW, I do search past threads when I need an answer to a mandolin question. One tip is to search your question on Google, rather than the MC search engine itself, it seems to work better for me and usually the first result is always from MC anyway.

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    I, for one, enjoy the discussion aspect of the forum, not the “just reading what opinions were way back when”, so new thread away!

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    Anybody used an Ernie Ball Prodigy Pick yet?

    They're Delrin, beveled, come in 1.5 and 2mm thicknesses, and my local music store sells singles for a dollar and change. Great string glide and low pick noise; the only downside is you have to be comfortable with a sharp point as I believe they only come in one shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    Don't say I didn't warn you...

    I would have been lost without those subtitles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    Don't say I didn't warn you...

    I wonder what type of wood her pick is made of..

    Was it torrified?

    Did it have bevels? Right or left handed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    I would have been lost without those subtitles!
    Quote Originally Posted by ccravens View Post
    I wonder what type of wood her pick is made of..

    Was it torrified?

    Did it have bevels? Right or left handed?
    I suppose that's explained in the subtitles.
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    Some pretty interesting materials here: https://www.dugainplectrums.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Some pretty interesting materials here: https://www.dugainplectrums.com/
    Wow. What a site. I love the way he's chosen to categorize by pick material:

    *woods
    *animal and vegetable matter
    *synthetics
    *noble matters
    *metals
    *stones

    Seems like an impossible task to even try a half of these categories, and especially the many different types of each..

    If you, for example, want to try synthetic picks, then you have to decide whether you want to try Acetate, Acrylic, Delrin, Bakelit, Ebonit, Galalith. Let's say you try these and really like Derlin. Then you need to compare the different pick makers who produce Derlin picks.

    For a methodical person like myself, it seems an unending experiment...
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    So, a few weeks ago I was looking at a guitar at one of the local music stores and needed a pick. I bought one of these Gibson XH picks just because it was heavy and I found a .39 pick that I like as much as my Bluechip. A few days ago I went back and bought all they had in stock. Now if I could only find the large triangle picks in the same material and thickness. The best part is my total ignorance of the material they are made from. It's a plastic I'm sure, beyond that not a clue.
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