Why do some Natonal finger picks sell for over $25.00 each here on BHO?
Are they pre war issued? It's unclear to me what sets them apart from the cheaper new ones sold online.
The old ones that actually sound nice are getting harder to find.
Newer ones aren't all that great imo
Magic fairy dust is expensive.
The older nationals, especially the “pre usa stamp” picks are much higher quality than the new nationals and are getting harder to find.
Personally I also find that they sound, feel, and respond better than any of the newer picks. Some people don’t believe this is true, but judging from my own personal experience and hearing the experience of many other pros, I feel that they are better.
That being said, there are several fantastic new picks being made today.
My dad has a few of the really old National picks. I hate them. I only use Earnie Ball picky picks.
I may have a collection of such old National picks for sale. Only $999.99 a pick. Lol. Not serious here. There not for sale.
Free shipping. Lol.
Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 08/15/2022 14:05:50
There's a small supply and a large demand.
All that AND players named Osborne, Vestal, Earl, Reno, Adcock, Tony, Eldridge, Don used them and THEY, are really special!
If someone is selling the older picks for 25.00 a pop, well...they are missing the mark by about 100.00 a pick.
That being said, there are many variations of National Picks. Some very desirable, some not so.
Over the years I pretty much picked up one set of each, and for some reason, I do like the older ones better. Would I pay 200.00 a set? Heck No!
Why they sell for so much? Well the older ones are not so common, and the obvious case of the aforementioned “Fairy Dust” drives up the pricing.
I sold a pair of early Nationals years ago here on the hangout for $200, I think. Perceived value. The Pinedene jazz Den down in the sandhills area had a fishbowl full of them one time and I bought a handful. I hate that I din't buy more. I us GE stainless exclusively now.
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