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Pro banjo picks

Posted by crankshaft on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I have used Dunlop #018 metal picks for 40 years and I like them but only for the lack of finding anything better.  Their OK but still after about 4 hours you are glad to get them off.    I recently heard about a banjo pick called PRO - PICKS and I hear if you ever use them you will throw away all your other picks.  I cant seem to find a retailer near Atlanta, Ga. that carries them and I understand they come in various shapes, weights and sizes and that makes ordering on-line not the thing to do.  Anyone out there know of any where you can actually ( kick the tires) on them and buy while your there?

10 comments on “Pro banjo picks”

Guy Says:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @11:23:59 AM

Pro-Picks are great, very comfortable and stay on fingers really well. The only snag is they come in a bewildering array of shapes sizes and materials. They have a couple of ranges that are slightly skewed but I'd just go for the straight ones.
I'd try they're almost certain to carry stuff like that.

crankshaft Says:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @11:48:54 AM

Thanks Guy , I will give that a whirl """

Guy Says:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @12:22:07 PM

You're Welcome :-)

Railo Says:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @5:28:18 AM

I Use the Sammy Shelor picks. they are very comfortable. expensive but worth the money. You can test drive a set at

crankshaft Says:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @6:51:18 AM

Thanks Mike , think I will go a little further and just drive to their Merrietta location one day and just try them all out, maybe pick a little on some new banjos while I'm there.

Guy Says:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @9:16:27 AM

I use Sammy Shelor picks as well. Because they are so expensive I've only got one set. I have a couple of sets of Pro-Picks as a backup and despite using the shelor picks almost exclusively, on the odd occassion when I have had to use my spare set, I have gotten used to the Pro-picks straight away. I'm not certain that I would go out of my way to replace the Shelor's if I lost them.
Leon Hunt, who is a hugely regarded full time professional banjo picker in the UK insists on Dunlops. He buys them by the tube. His rationale is that he can walk into a music shop virtually anywhere in the world and get another set if his get lost.
It's all food for thought. There have been a number of times over the years when I have become wedded to a particular make or type of pick, most notably, tortoisehell guitar picks and been in turmoil for want of a replacement.

crankshaft Says:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @9:52:17 AM

Good info thanks ,,, I have some new thumb picks that a bought several of after I tried them , I will have to look later and post what they are, but they are the absolute best there is ,, light weight, crisp sound and will not rotate no matter how hard you play. Keep a watch out for my next blog...

banjohurricane Says:
Friday, July 20, 2012 @9:44:22 PM

I use the Showcace 1941 Pre War Style German Nickle Flat Strikers. I tried the Colbalt coated which are a little more expensive but all you really need to do is keep you finger picks buffed and polished to keep a good tone and lower the squeak sound but my money goes into the thumb pick. I use the JD Crow "Blue Chip" thumb pick. I prefere the Reso pick because it is a little more thicker than the banjo pick and it give you a deeper richer sound and the good part you never need to polish it and it never wears down at least mine hasn't and I have been using it for two years and I gig all the time, at least 3 to 4 times a week.

Westvon Says:
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @9:27:07 AM

Have you tried in Marietta, GA? They had them in stock the last time I was at the shop (one month ago).

crankshaft Says:
Monday, July 23, 2012 @5:41:22 AM

Havent yet , but thats on my to-do list in the near future . Thanks,..

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