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Jan 14, 2022 - 8:19:01 PM
78 posts since 12/6/2021

I don't have a big stash of banjo picks. But, if I take my picks off and just lay them somewhere, I will most likely lose them. So, I have an emergency supply of four finger picks and four thumb picks in a small plastic bag hidden in a drawer and I only go there if I lose one of my current regular picks (or break a plastic thumb pick as sometimes happens). In my banjo case, I have a little black leather coin purse that used to belong to my mother where I keep the picks that I play with regularly; i.e., four stainless steel finger picks and four plastic thumb picks. If I switch banjos when going to a jam, I have to make sure that the leather coin purse is in that particular case. I have known players who have tin boxes full of finger and thumb picks, but I just don't see a need for that. Just curious as to how other players keep track of or store picks?

Jan 14, 2022 - 8:55:25 PM
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1123 posts since 1/26/2011

I use an earbud case for the ones I use every day. They go with me in my pocket. I like the earbud case because it’s thin and won’t crush in my pocket which protects the picks.

I’ve got backups in my Calton case that goes with me no matter which banjo I’m carrying outside the house.

Jan 15, 2022 - 3:38:29 AM
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15035 posts since 8/30/2006

I put the first finger pick into the 2nd finger pick and loop them with the thumbpick, they stay together in my pocket, I have about three of these ready to go, I keep them close, no boxes or pouches.

Jan 15, 2022 - 3:55:40 AM
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7393 posts since 9/5/2006

old 35 mm film can,,, works fine and has for many years.

Jan 15, 2022 - 4:45:15 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)


26690 posts since 8/3/2003

I use a small pill bottle to keep my picks in where I can quickly find them. I also have a spare pair of fingerpicks and several thumb picks and they are kept in a box in a drawer near where my banjo is.

Jan 15, 2022 - 5:26:27 AM
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9999 posts since 7/1/2006

Originally posted by 1935tb-11

old 35 mm film can,,, works fine and has for many years.

Same here. I use the 35mm plastic film cans Kodak used, they seem to last forever. I've been using one for probably 25 years now at least.

Jan 15, 2022 - 6:26:24 AM



10071 posts since 6/5/2011

I have relatively few picks... 2 sets [ACRI thumb and Saddlebrand finger] that I use and look after, and assorted others that didn't make the grade and that I don't worry about. 

My KISS approach: if I'm in the house they're either on my fingers/thumb or in the pick tray I built into each of the banjo stands. IF I'm out of the house they're either on my fingers/thumb or lying loose in the headstock (?) compartment of the case.... or on the picnic table.... or in my pocket.

Having said ^^, one time one did get pulled off my finger while I was stirring the campfire coals with a jack handle and landed in the fire. Found it and got it out.... polished it up when I got home.... can't distinguish it from those whose lives have been less uneventful.   [Fwiw, I'm just shooting the breeze, not advocating/recommending it as a method of tending campfires.]

Jan 15, 2022 - 7:19:39 AM
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3001 posts since 11/29/2007

I have two banjos and two 'pick pouches,' that are attached to the j-hooks of both banjos. One closes with a snap-button and the other with velcro. They are just large enough to hold a thumb pick and two finger picks. Since they are always on my banjo and my picks in them, my picks are the first thing I take out to play and the first thing I put away when I am finished. Have never lost picks from either of them. The picks I own but don't play regularly are kept in plastic medicine bottles in my banjo stash drawer of a night table. For the record, I don't recall ever losing a pick but may have and just don't remember it.


P.S. My tuner is a Snark and is attached to the banjo by one of those brackets made for and sold for them as well. When I take my banjo out of its case, I have everything I need to begin playing the banjo and don't have to go looking for something that I need. Highly recommended if your personality type is an ISTJ as mine is.

Edited by - BobbyE on 01/15/2022 07:21:14

Jan 15, 2022 - 9:27:13 PM



925 posts since 9/14/2008

I use dipping tobacco cans.
(Like Kodiak or Grizzly)
Small, plastic cases that hold a couple of thumb picks, a set of finger picks, a few guitar picks and doesn't take up much room in my pocket.

I used to load trucks when I was in college. Kept my picks completely safe.

Jan 15, 2022 - 9:49:32 PM

Paul R


15383 posts since 1/28/2010

My main picks (and capos) are on the table where I always play. Otherwise, I bundle them like Larry does, and put them in a Sucrets tin. I have a few tins ready so that I can just grab a guitar or banjo case and head off. Each tin, when ready, has fingerpicks and flat picks and a Shubb capo, maybe a slide, too. The tuner (Snark Hertz) stays loose in the case's accessories compartment.

Jan 16, 2022 - 5:47:12 AM



11868 posts since 2/7/2008

Originally posted by 1935tb-11

old 35 mm film can,,, works fine and has for many years.

Agreed, my favourite but are getting harder to find.

Jan 16, 2022 - 6:30:11 AM

206 posts since 11/28/2006

I use one of these

Holds picks, Mike’s Mute, etc and fits in the case. I use a slightly larger one for dobro that also holds my Charlie’s Capo and a couple of bars. I throw a few extra flat picks in both in case I need to grab a mandolin or guitar.

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