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Picks: Blue Chip JD Resonator Thumbpick

Submitted by TheOtherMarshal on 5/8/2017

Where Purchased: http://www.bluechippick.net/thumb-picks/

Overall Comments

Howdy all,

For almost exactly 1 year now I have been playing exclusively with the BlueChip thumb pick... the specific model I use is the J.D. Crowe model 'BCT-RESO-JDL'. This is a pick designed for dobro/resonators and I like the hardness of the pick.

This pick has held up remarkably well under a great deal of use and still looking nearly new. The pick comes off the string cleanly with no resistance as I experienced with all the cheap thumb picks I have used for years. Design is very comfortable and I have found sizing to be consistent with the types of picks I used before. (I use the large size, but the metal band can be shaped a little to fit as needed.)

Although they are more expensive than the picks I always used before, they truly have helped improve my consistency in play. My first BlueChip pick was for guitar and I loved it so much I pulled the trigger on this pick for banjo and have not looked back. In fact, I intend to throw coin at getting a few more to have in case I lose this one.

Great pick and in my opinion, it is worth the money. I have no problem recommending others to try it out. BTW, at the same time I purchased this thumb pick I also order the Sammy Shelor fingerpicks (from the same site) and they make a great team of picks.

Pick on!

T.O.M.

Overall Rating: 10

Picks: Sammy Shelor Stainless Steel

Submitted by TheOtherMarshal on 5/8/2017

Where Purchased: http://shop.bluechippick.net/finger-picks/

Overall Comments

Howdy all,

For almost exactly 1 year now I have been playing exclusively with the Sammy Shelor stainless steel fingerpicks which I purchased from bluechippick.net.

These picks are fantastic and beat the tar out of my cheap metal picks I have used for years. I was a little nervous about the price as I have always only purchased a handful of the cheap metal picks from the counter bucket as I check out at the local music store. For me, this was a pretty big risk, but it paid back multifold.

The design is great, fit is able to be customized with a little manipulation and the performance is wonderful. These picks glide off the string with no resistance or 'grit' which I've always experienced with the cheaper picks. Sounds funny, but one of the picks has the insignia stamped into it which makes it a lot easier for me to ensure I have the correct pick for each finger. I purchased a BlueChip JD Crowe resonator thumb pick at the same time & can not imagine using anything else now... I'm spoiled.

I have no hesitation recommending these picks to other players.

Pick on!
T.O.M.

Overall Rating: 10

Tuners: The Mighty D-Tuner (MDT)

Submitted by TheOtherMarshal on 4/27/2017

Where Purchased: http://www.themightyd-tuner.com/

Overall Comments

Howdy all,

I have been researching for some time for quality D-Tuners for my Huber. When I ordered the banjo from Steve I decided not to have tuners put on the rig until I found exactly what I wanted. As I researched it seemed the most common choice in tuners lacked ease of use, requiring some fidgeting to re-tune. Then I discovered The Mighty D-Tuner by Ron Wedekind.

I contacted Ron via his website and asked him about his MDT set-up. Within a short time I received an email from him and he answered each of my questions. Satisfied it was the tuner set-up I had been looking for, I placed an order & awaited my package.

Upon receipt of the package I was immediately impressed with the quality of the tuner. Packaging was well thought out and included thorough installation instructions. Everything necessary for installation was included (as well as an extra piece of 3M VHB double-sided tape) and in a very short period of time I had my new tuner installed and my banjo tuned.

I've been playing with it now for about a week and am increasingly impressed with this set-up. The MDT has a small 'footprint' with only two small brass tubes coming around the peghead so as not to impair the appearance of my rig. The tuners have a smooth and consistent 'throw' and once the intial set & tune is complete, they simply have not required re-tuning.

I am very pleased with The Mighty D-Tuner and with Ron's service & support.

Check out The Mighty D-Tuner for yourself:
http://www.themightyd-tuner.com/

Overall Rating: 10

Banjo mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by TheOtherMarshal on 2/7/2017

Where Purchased: http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments

Howdy all,

Following much exploration & conversation with other pickers, I decided to drop coin on Mike's Banjo Mute. After playing with the mute for a couple weeks I can say I am thrilled. Mike's Banjo Mute performs exactly as advertised, is simple to use and incredibly quiet.

Without question, one of the best banjo accessories I have ever purchased... well worth the price.

Thanks Mike!
TheOtherMarshal

Overall Rating: 10

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