I looked at all the Dunlop brass slides and all the glass and ceramic I could find. I chose this one because I prefer the feel and sound of heavy brass to the others. Kirk uses these himself. Just listen to him and decide. The story is these are made especially for drop D tuning (ie the shorter length for 2 or 3 strings at a time) but I've been playing in open G all day and am loving it.
You can get these babys here.
for $14.95 plus $3.95 (USD) for shipping all the way from Australia. Mine arrived in Ohio, USA in exactly ten days.
One other thing. Kirk spit-polishes these puppies by hand himself and he needs the exercise.
Price: $14.95 (new)
Where Obtained: http://planetalk.thatllteachyou.com/slides.html
Heavy plus extra weight on the fingertip end makes for less tension I have to apply. Can be used for all slide playing applications. This baby has incredible sustain. I wish he had several lengths to chosse from so I could have them all but the shorter length, apprx 1-7/8", gives me greater control. I would like to see a model with a rounded or tapered end at the fingertip so I could do some stuff with the end of it but I could modify one myself if I had to.
This thing is about 3/16"-1/4" thick brass. I don't think it's gonna break like those chincy glass slides always do. You might wanna keep it in your pocket because one of your buddies is gonna steal it if you don't. I don't know the manufacturer. Kirk has them made but appears to be precise and well balanced. These are almost twice the price of the Jim Dunlop models but quite a bit more brass, as well. The hand polishing alone is worth the extra cash.