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    Still fairly new to mandolin, so still going through that ďpick experimentation phaseĒ

    Curious about the Primetone picks. I get it, about the 2 different shapes, one more rounded, one pointier. I also get it how you can get a standard size, or a smaller.
    I even understand the 2 forms of the same material, since many have talked about the differences in sound.

    What I am asking/wondering about is the different thicknesses offered?

    Primetones are 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5. Could there really be that much difference between these? Iíve ordered a couple, unfortunately you have to buy 3 at a time. Would be great if you could get a 3-pack, 1 of each thickness.
    Figure out what you like, then order more.

    Iím just wondering what one might expect going from a 1.3 to a 1.4? Not really trying to be facetious, just wondering if there is any justification trying a different thickness?

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    It’s generally a matter of “feel”; just as some people prefer light gauge strings and some like medium or heavy gauge, you should really try ‘em all and find the gauge you like best.

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    Usually a thicker pick will be not as bright so if you are trying to tame a bright mandolin a thicker pick may be for you. If your mandolin is warm and deep that same thick pick may sound muted or lifeless and may not be what you want. I feel there is more difference in the wound strings than the plain strings when I say muted or simply deader like old strings.
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    Not a lot of difference from a 1.3 to a 1.5 if all other factors remain the same.

    To me the size and shape make more difference, that said, I am a fan of primetones. I think I mostly own the 1.4's. The lettering wears off with lots of play, I have several them with no letters, but the tips held their shape just fine.

    For me now, it's about the sound I get from a pick. You gotta try them all really. And if you avoid the expensive brands you can try a lot of picks for not much money.

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    Medley 12-If you live in the US I have a few different 1.5 Primetones w/grip Iíll send if you want to experiment. One is my personal favorite, but thatís something you can decide for yourself. Send me a PM if youíre interested.
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    Big fan of the brown 1.5 small triangle Primetones. I drill a hole pattern similar to the Wegans for improved grip. Next stop will be Apollo "Peek" picks.

    I have some 1.4 and 1.5 large triangle Primetones I am not using, PM me if you are interested and I will send them free of charge.
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    You can't beat the above two offers !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Big fan of the brown 1.5 small triangle Primetones. I drill a hole pattern similar to the Wegans for improved grip. Next stop will be Apollo "Peek" picks.

    I have some 1.4 and 1.5 large triangle Primetones I am not using, PM me if you are interested and I will send them free of charge.
    Iíve experimented with drilling holes too, but the holes are precisely coordinated with the ridges of my thumbprint and I am not willing to share.
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    Ok, not really, I just grabbed the drill and went nuts, but Iím willing to send the others free of charge also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medley12 View Post
    Not really trying to be facetious, just wondering if there is any justification trying a different thickness?
    There is always a justification for trying new picks, new strings and new mandolins.

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    Primetones come in a whole bunch of thicknesses if you like the teardrop shape.

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    I’m a newbie about five months in and definitely still looking for the right pick also- if any of the generous offers above aren’t taken already let me know as I’d love to try a primetone.
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    NDO- hey Don, Iím Joe, the original poster. I did inquire about the offers above, but....
    Iíve also ordered a couple. If you send me a PM, I can pass some along to you.

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    Not sure if the Traveling Pick Sampler(s) are still out in the world, but add a post to the end of this thread asking to be included.

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    Sounds great, thank you Kevin.

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    Most of us will experiment with different picks for our entire life.

    At least, I know I do...
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    Found the large primetone triangles, 1.4 to 1.5.
    No need to change for me.
    The grippy ones.

    I had a BC. I lost it of course being brown (whyyyyy!!!????!!). Was recommended one of the white wegens. But nah, again, not enough for me to change. Not throwing money away on a dark carpet ever again for such a minimal tone difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of the Badgers View Post
    Found the large primetone triangles, 1.4 to 1.5.
    No need to change for me.
    The grippy ones.

    I had a BC. I lost it of course being brown (whyyyyy!!!????!!). Was recommended one of the white wegens. But nah, again, not enough for me to change. Not throwing money away on a dark carpet ever again for such a minimal tone difference.
    Dark pubs with brown carpets and brown picks... shudder... been there done that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy Slaw View Post
    Most of us will experiment with different picks for our entire life.

    At least, I know I do...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tavy View Post
    Dark pubs with brown carpets and brown picks... shudder... been there done that!!
    Literally had it two weeks. Never again...! The PTs are three a pack, for £8 or so... and almost as good in my view. I really had to listen for the difference. My tone is (now markedly) not great but I sat with Rex Preston one day (not really a name drop now he's quit music!) and he was banging on about his wegen... but.... he'd make a piece of cardboard sound good on a mando. I actually think he was hard pushed to criticise my PT pick he just decided to say he liked his drilled holes...

    BCs and the like are great if you have money to spare, or don't play live (in other times of course). But I need a damn good workhorse that stays in my mitts and I don't mind losing so much
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    I only play the smooth large triangle ones and haven't seen those in the 1.3 thickness. I have both 1.4 and 1.5 and can't tell the difference between them response-wise. With Blue Chips, a difference of 0.010" makes a very noticeable difference in the sound and response. The Primetones serve as backups for settings where I don't want to lose the $$BC's. To me, there is a worthwhile improvement in the sound and feel of a Blue Chip pick.

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    I used a Prime Tone, large triangle, 1.5mm Dark Brown smooth (non-grippy) pick for about 2 years, until I finally settled on a Blue Chip TP60.

    The Prime Tones are really good picks - they deliver a lot of volume, and good tone. I personally find that the Blue Chip TP60 delivers a slightly warmer, beefier tone, with less pick noise, and it suits me really well - been using the same one for 5 years now, with no pick wear despite daily playing.

    Still got the Prime Tones in my case, and my wallet, just in case I lose the Blue Chip!

    One more thing to mention - the "smooth" Prime Tones give a warmer tone than the "grippy" ones. Seems to me that the plastic is different on the two versions. I personally didn't care for the grippy ones, and gave them away.

    The great thing with picks is that, with few exceptions, they're not expensive - but, like strings, they can have a significant impact on your tone (with guitars as well as mandolins). Yes, the likes of Blue Chip, and a few others, cost more, but if you don't like them you can always sell them on.

    Hope this helps

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    This is a timely topic for me. After some frustration with my playing, I started experimenting with some picks and "came back" to the Dunlop Primetone 1.5 ridged. But as you can see in the admittedly poor picture, I've filed a little off the playing edge to give a slightly more rounded tip. I also gave it just a little bit of a bevel.
    The result is a lot better moving from string to string, smoother tremelos, less pick noise which is why I stopped using them originally, and a more even tone all over the fretboard.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by gspiess View Post
    This is a timely topic for me. After some frustration with my playing, I started experimenting with some picks and "came back" to the Dunlop Primetone 1.5 ridged. But as you can see in the admittedly poor picture, I've filed a little off the playing edge to give a slightly more rounded tip. I also gave it just a little bit of a bevel.
    The result is a lot better moving from string to string, smoother tremelos, less pick noise which is why I stopped using them originally, and a more even tone all over the fretboard.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	191083The whole 3 pack v. 12 pack is a pain, I would prefer a 6 pack (no pun intended).
    I’ve done the same thing and have a few Primetone triangles with one rounded point. It provides some flexibility in playing.
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    The grippy vs non-grippy are really different animals. They produce very different sounds. 1.3-1.5 would all be considered moderately heavy picks. After some experimentation you might find a preference but it will be small. But definitely try both grip and non grip. They're different enough that they probably shouldn't share the same name.
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    I do wish Dunlop had assigned a bit more distinction to each of the sizes/shapes/materials because there is a a lot of diversity inside the 'Primetone' tent. On finding a perffered style, I bought a whole bunch in case Dunlop decides to reduce the number of versions, and get rid of some. Using the 1.3 semi-round triangle in the darker brown, opaque material without any bumps or texturing.

    I also like the Dunlop 494P102 Americana, but mostly just to hold in the hand as a 'worry stone'. Whatever works, eh?

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