The "Torti" Pick
These thumbpicks are great, I'm really hooked on them. Banjo player and inventor Bill Stokes has designed a thumbpick that closely replicates the tortoise shell tone. (tortoise shell picks are illegal) Years ago, picks were made from real tortoise shell but that practice has been against the law for many years so entrepreneurs and designers have been trying their best to come up with a suitable replacement. The trick has been to come up with a thumbpick that provides the tone of the old tortoise shell picks and keep the costs down too. This is the best one I've seen by far. I highly recommend them. If you want to try one without the worry that they might not be what you expected the picks are money back guaranteed. I'm confident you'll really like them. I think a good thumbpick is worth the extra money. Remember the pick is where the tone starts, why cut corners there, but seriously if you do buy one and for some reason your not satisfied, please don't hesitate to return it, I'll refund the money, no questions asked.
Bill Stokes just agreed to make left handed tortoise shell replica thumbpicks too, available below, only at BanjoTeacher.com.
Ross Nickerson, I just ordered & received my "Torti" Tortoise Replica Thumbpick Friday & love it. I am still in the learning stage & I practiced today for 80 minutes & played the best I have ever had. I played with my Goldtone 250 plus OB 5-string banjo which is also a fantastic banjo.
thanks again, Randal Rief
Hey Ross, Just received the Tortoise Shell Replica Thumbpick along with my Nick Picks and usual Thumbpick. I must say the "Torti" creates a much brighter tone. Switching between the two picks the "Torti" actually made the other thumbpick sound DULL!! Dennis Lottman
Cobalt coated special designed custom picks designed for solid tone, comfort, and speed. Available only at BanjoTeacher.com, Bob Perry custom made these picks for me by my specifications. They fit back further on your finger like I requested for more comfort and power. The no hole design avoids those finger through the hole sores and more importantly gives the pick more mass for a thicker, fatter tone. These picks sound great, they're comfortable and the cobalt coating does what it says it does. The coating cuts string noise to nil and the picks glide over the strings. Bob also roughens up the inside of the pick so it grips better. I've been playing a long time, these picks are a break through.
Note: The cobalt coating does wear off eventually depending on the amount of use. Nick Picks can be recoated for 4.00 by sending them to Bob Perry, the manufacturer. His contact information is on the pick box. The Picks still sound and play good even if the coating has worn off too.The picks have money back satisfaction guarantee too. If you don't like just send them back for a full refund. No questions asked. ...... I really like the way they set further back on the finger. I take lessons on Friday and after my instructor heard me play with the new "Nick Picks",,, he told me to throw my old picks ( Dunlop ) away. ha