Ruby Baby

Posts: 7,515 Member Since:04/02/2011

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Apr 16 17 8:58 AM

There was a company called Red Bear Trading Co. which had some sort of protein that was very similar to sea turtle carapace (it was NOT exact, but "in the ballpark"). I think they grew the stuff in a petri dish or something.

It made for pretty good picks. They were about $25 a pop. You'd have to sand them sometimes and it smelled really bad. I used to use them, but then their wait list got SO long (months) due to each one being made by hand. They should've just charged more.

I finally went back to celluloid Fender mediums out of frustration because it just wasn't worth the hassle. I sound like me no matter what, and it just was not a reliable/sustainable solution for me, given how if I lost one it would take months to get another. The string company I endorse sells celluloid picks that are much like Fender mediums, and I just have them send me boxes of those, and I just get on with it.

But I would love a real, antique turtle shell pick one day.

They used to make combs and hair barrettes out of sea turtle shell because it has a unique property-- it's anti-static. It WILL not build up static electricity. Maybe if someone found a stash of old hair accessories, there would be enough material to make picks out of...

brad allen williams

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Gold Finger

Posts: 465 Member Since:26/01/2011

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Jun 26 17 3:21 PM

back on topic.
the biggest reason i stopped using nylon tipped drumsticks (back when i was in high school) was that the tips would regularly break off and that would be it for the drumstick.
can't believe no one mentioned that yet.


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