Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving . . .

"But music was his life, it was not his livelihood, and it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good. And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang; it just made him whole."
-Harry Chapin - chorus of "Mr. Tanner."

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Today is day to count all our blessings.  I hope doing so takes you at least several days!

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Rick ><>

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dunlop Primetone Picks

It apparantly ain't over until it's over . . .

Imagine my delight when a reader of this blog (didn't really know I had that many) suggested I spend a few more $$$ and pick up some Dunlop Primetone picks in .73mm.   Pleased that someone would respond back to me . . . I went and got some.

My area Guitar Center had them in stock ($7.99 for 3 picks???) and two of the salesmen told me they had been "flying off the shelves."   

Now, just how does that work . . . does the package sprout wings and just fly around the showroom until someone opens the front door?  Do they scream "I'm free!" when they fly into the sky?

I'd have locked them into a cabinet . . . .$7.99 for 3 picks????   Good God Almighty!   That's $2.66 a piece.

Bet I will look hard if I should drop one.

Anyway  . . . the edges are beveled to feel as if they had been played a while.  Not sure if that is worth $2.66 a pick.

I used one of the picks to strum and flatpick on my Martin D-18, which I had recently put medium Martin SP's back on.

Not bad.

I also used one to play my Martin J-40, which has a brand new set of medium Martin SP's.

Not bad again.  They feel good.  the guitars souinded good.  Perhaps not as bright as the Dunlop Nylon's, but the sound is sweet.

These picks feel very secure in my hand, maybe better than the Dunlop Nylon's, which surprised me.  These are Ultex picks, I think.  And the .73 is a hair stiffer, to me, than the .73 Nylon's.  But, it is not as stiff as an .88 Nylon.  I think for acoustic playing (not plugged in) this pick may possibly be what I have been looking for.  When plugged in??  Well, I will have to play some more first to figure that out.  I've played with the Nylon's for several years now, and I am comfortable with them when plugged into a amp or PA.

I've got room in my pick pouch for Nylon's and Primetones.   I will have to play with them quite a while before I can decide if I want to use picks on a regular basis that cost this much.  Perhaps they will come down in price after their "newness" has worn off.

We will see!

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>