Blue Chip - tried to debunk, failed

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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6275
    @jhumber thanks I may give one of them tonebird a try.

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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2252
        Starting to see that the BCs do the mellow-but-sparkly thing well....
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3096


    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3096
    aha - I have found a good use for my under-used TAD60-1R - the mandolin likes it 
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6275
    mandos (IMlimitedE) tend to like rounded picks, makes it easier to play smoothly across both strings. I'm toying between that or the chris thile pick when I order from BC.

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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 2613
    i have the Chris Thile pick, lovely it is makes me sound pretty much the same as him:)
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3096
    mgaw said:
    i have the Chris Thile pick, lovely it is makes me sound pretty much the same as him:)
    does it also know all the tunes? 
    :-)
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 2613
    amzingly @TimmyO ; it does i have never seen anything like it
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  • Just placed an order for a handful of Jazz LGs...hello customs charge!
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  • Wife bought me a TD 60 for Christmas, love it. Going to have to order a few more for my electrics as well. It's the feel and sound with gentle picking that really impresses me, really brings out the subtle picking dynamics. Very good.

    Michael Fish is God

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  • StuartMac290StuartMac290 Frets: 655
    edited January 1
    I'm a sucker for new picks, and I've been round them all - as much as I wish I could find something as good for less money, the BCs are clear winners for me too. I have maybe ten by now, mainly the large jazz ones like the Dunlop Jazz III XLs, but also a couple of others like the Chris Thiele one. 

    I do like the Wolframs though too - at first I thought they were too dull and scratchy but there's something really appealing about them on the top strings of an acoustic. I tried one of their seventy quid ones and thought it was shite though. 

    I just ordered one of the Rabea signature pics from Hawk to try too, as the spec looks perfect for me. 
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  • domforrdomforr Frets: 164
    Quite difficult working out the different ranges and types. Any recommendations for acoustic guitar/mandolin/bouzouki?
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3444
    How much ?!!!!!!!!!!! Blimey - they make Wegen seem cheap ! :o
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3096
    Jalapeno said:
    How much ?!!!!!!!!!!! Blimey - they make Wegen seem cheap ! :o
    Try one on acoustic if you get the chance.

    Then come back and tell us which one you bought :-) 
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 724
    Jalapeno said:
    How much ?!!!!!!!!!!! Blimey - they make Wegen seem cheap ! :o
    Indeed they do...on every level. :)
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  • ArchtopDaveArchtopDave Frets: 471
    I bought a Jazz LG 60 a couple off weeks ago from JP Guitars, and liked it a lot. He's now got more stock in, so I've bought a second one. I've used Red Bears in the past, and more recently tried Wolfram. Of the three, I prefer the Blue Chip  - I particularly like the ease with which I can keep control of the pick.
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  • domforrdomforr Frets: 164
    I bought one from the States recently - which proved to be a bit of an error as they charged £16 customs duty, so in total it came to about £50! It's a very nice pick, but worth £50? I don't think so personally. £20 seems about right to me. 
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  • domforr said:
    I bought one from the States recently - which proved to be a bit of an error as they charged £16 customs duty, so in total it came to about £50! It's a very nice pick, but worth £50? I don't think so personally. £20 seems about right to me. 
    It won’t feel so bad when you’re still using it in three years’ time...just don’t lose it! ;)
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6275
    domforr said:
    I bought one from the States recently - which proved to be a bit of an error as they charged £16 customs duty, so in total it came to about £50! It's a very nice pick, but worth £50? I don't think so personally. £20 seems about right to me. 
    It won’t feel so bad when you’re still using it in three years’ time...just don’t lose it! ;)
    I dropped my wegen pick the other day, on a dark floor. Being white I found it easy, if it'd been a BC I'd still be looking I reckon.

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    domforr said:
    I bought one from the States recently - which proved to be a bit of an error as they charged £16 customs duty, so in total it came to about £50! It's a very nice pick, but worth £50? I don't think so personally. £20 seems about right to me. 
    It won’t feel so bad when you’re still using it in three years’ time...just don’t lose it! ;)
    I feel it's too valuable to actually use, so I may put it in a safe box somewhere :)
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  • I have, at long last and after much searching, found something I think sounds and plays as well as a Blue Chip - Hawk Picks, UK made, about £12-£14 a pop. Whether or not they last as long, I don't know, but they are brilliant picks
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 724
    edited January 31
    I have, at long last and after much searching, found something I think sounds and plays as well as a Blue Chip - Hawk Picks, UK made, about £12-£14 a pop. Whether or not they last as long, I don't know, but they are brilliant picks
    I bought a Hawk recently. Similarly to my experience of other bevelled picks that aren’t BCs, I found I had to spend time filing and polishing what was a pretty sharp rearward edge of the bevel to get something approaching the smooth sound I like from BCs. Sounds good now that’s done, but I found myself thinking that if I incorporated some value for my time and effort, and the likelihood it’s not going to last as long as a BC, it’s probably only a marginal saving. Still, good picks and if you like that sharper sound then maybe perfect, as some people find BCs lack a certain bite.
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 4058
    I have, at long last and after much searching, found something I think sounds and plays as well as a Blue Chip - Hawk Picks, UK made, about £12-£14 a pop. Whether or not they last as long, I don't know, but they are brilliant picks
    Just ordered one.  See what it's like.

    I like the way they actually give you the dimensions on their site.
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2252
    Agree, Hawks are definitely worth looking at. I have a few - very nicely made.
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6275
    I have a mando hawk, I'd say it's slightly brighter than the mando wegen I have, but not a lot in it. It looks fantastic though. I'm looking forwards to trying it against a BC.

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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2252
    domforr said:
    £20 seems about right to me. 
    Which, in fairness, is what they do cost if one is buying in the US (USD 35). 
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  • Lewy said:
    I have, at long last and after much searching, found something I think sounds and plays as well as a Blue Chip - Hawk Picks, UK made, about £12-£14 a pop. Whether or not they last as long, I don't know, but they are brilliant picks
    I bought a Hawk recently. Similarly to my experience of other bevelled picks that aren’t BCs, I found I had to spend time filing and polishing what was a pretty sharp rearward edge of the bevel to get something approaching the smooth sound I like from BCs. Sounds good now that’s done, but I found myself thinking that if I incorporated some value for my time and effort, and the likelihood it’s not going to last as long as a BC, it’s probably only a marginal saving. Still, good picks and if you like that sharper sound then maybe perfect, as some people find BCs lack a certain bite.
    I bought two, there first being the Rabea signature one. I prefer it because it doesn't have that sharpness you mention
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