The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #171428   Message #4146079
Posted By: GUEST,Jack Campin
01-Jul-22 - 10:59 AM
Thread Name: Unusual Picks/plectrum
Subject: RE: Unusual Picks/plectrum
I play Middle Eastern strings (oud, cumbus). The classic kind of plectrum for the oud was the core of an eagle pinion feather soaked in olive oil for six months. Others were made of tortoise shell or buffalo horn. You can buy various plastic imitations but I prefer to make my own by polishing short strips of the kind of heavy duty strapping they use for bundling paving slabs, timber and pipes. There are several different types, whenever I pass a building site skip I look to see what they've got. There's a picture here.

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