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Tortoise-shell picks

Hi all, just a query. Do any of you know where I might buy tortoise-shell picks? An old jazzer gave me a couple years ago and I loved them. Can't get them un the UK as far as I'm aware...
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2/28/2006 5:29 PM

Greg Jones (1630) wrote:

Have you ever tried ebay? Thats the only place I know of where you can find authentic Tortoise picks now, it's been illegal to make them for a couple decades, the tortoises that have been used for them were put on the endangered/protected species list.

If you don't care if it's totally REAL tortoise shell, try out some Tortex picks, they supposedly replicate the real thing, though I've heard Ultex copies the real thing better (stiffness, attack, hardness, etc).

Hope this helps.



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2/28/2006 5:35 PM

Nick Pinder (1098) wrote:

Hadn't thought of eBay - I'll give it a look. Having been out of touch with recent developments I hadn't heard of Tortex, either. I'll check them both out.

Many thanks,

Nick

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2/28/2006 6:39 PM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

Welcome to ya, if I haven't as of yet Nick. I believe you can get them in the UK at Tortis Picks.

Good luck, I think they have something close. I believe the use of the animals for this is illegal now.

Best of days t'ya,

B Kent



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2/28/2006 7:59 PM

Nick Pinder (1098) wrote:

I've checked their site. Excellent!

Many thanks for the info,

All the best,

Nick



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2/28/2006 9:47 PM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

You're most welcome.

Rock On,

B Kent

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3/1/2006 5:13 AM

Lloyd Earle (844) wrote:

I think tortoise shell picks probably are illegal as the animal is a protected species but for alternatives you might try:


STRINGBUSTERS (com or co.uk I'm not sure but they are a UK company). I have sent them a couple of messages for advice and they always responded well.

ATB

Lloyd



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3/1/2006 9:15 AM

Nick Pinder (1098) wrote:

Many thanks for your response - Stringbusters is a .com, btw - they are indeed very helpful.
Thank you all for your help with this query - I don't want to be seen as a kind of tortoise grim reaper - but I do find that the right pick makes a huge difference to tone production. Have any of you tried different materials for picks? I tried using a sixpence (a very small pre-decimal UK coin) a la Brian May but it proved ruinous on my strings; I'm curious about stone, but I suspect similar problems...



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3/1/2006 10:10 AM

Kevin Bowling (5230) wrote:

I've been told it's fairly easy to find an old tortoise-shell lampshade and make your own picks.
Lately, I've tried a whole bunch of different pick materials. I find, to my ear, the main tonal contribution comes more from the shape of the edge than the pick material. For example, if you have a pick with a tapered edge you're gonna have a softer attack than a pick with a coin-like edge.
I've compared some different pick materials here. Click on "lyrics/story" for explanation of different materials used.

Kevin



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3/1/2006 10:28 AM

Nick Pinder (1098) wrote:

That's really interesting. The biggest difference seemed, at least to my ears, between the two quarters, which appears to bear out your idea that the shape of the contact edge has more influence than the material itself. The woods sounded very nice...

Cheers,

Nick



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3/1/2006 10:59 AM

Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:

That WAS interesting, Kevin. I enjoyed your soundclick and the idea that you even thought to do it, good job!
Craig



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3/1/2006 5:02 PM

Chantal Cordey (5016) wrote:

Interesting info Kevin .I like this thread .I've got a few pieces of tortoise shell here .I've collected them over the years from various places like markets and second hand stores .
They've been waiting for a worthwhile project ..
I'll dig them out and try and make a couple soon see how it goes . Shape and thickness is obviously the big consideration ..
I've got a nice thick piece here , should be just right for the job

C.C



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3/1/2006 6:00 PM

Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:

Chantal, I wonder if you could have made one out of the dead turtle you found in the creek, and turned into a lampshade.
Craig



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3/2/2006 6:14 AM

Chantal Cordey (5016) wrote:

Too thin Craig ..They made a better lampshade

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