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Thread #6668 Message #1074668
Posted By: Mark Clark
17-Dec-03 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: Guitar Picks - What's your favourite?
Subject: RE: Guitar Picks - What's your favourite?
My all-time favorite flatpicks are natural tortoise shell. Of course they are no longer sold in the US so they're much like mooman's favorite—down inside the couch. Natural tortoise shell picks were inconsistant even in the same shape and grade so even in a large city like Chicago you had to spend one day a month or so just combing the city's music stores examining each pick and, with luck, ending the day with two or three new picks. I had a good collection of these that I kept in an old Sucrets box in my guitar case. They were stolen one day while our band was on stage as part of a big country/bluegrass show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. I was too pissed off and disheartened to start collecting again and eventually just learned to live with Fender heavy picks. About that same time, the 1973 Endangered Species Act made it unlawful to sell items made in whole or part out of “genuine” hawksbill tortoise shells. I really do want to help protect endangered species but I figure several large marine gastropods died for my D-41 and I sure do miss those tortoise shell picks.