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Stefan - Posted - 09/18/2008:  00:24:26


I got my Red Bear - Tortis pick last week. It´s a classic shape, medium (1,15 - 1,25 mm) with a speed bevel. I really like the tone I get when I hit the strings right. If I don´t angle the pick the right way it sounds muted. I used to play heavy tandard plastic picks before. Then I discovered the Wegen Bluegrass picks (1.0 mm) and I thought they were great. I thought the search was over. But I had to try the Red Bears since I´ve heard so much about them. I prefer the tone of the R.B´s over the Wegens but I just can´t get used to them 100%. It feels so much better when I play with the (thinner) Wegens but the tone sounds a bit too hard. I really wish I would prefer the Wegens since they are so much cheaper! I get four of them for the price of one R.B! Maybe a heavier Wegen, maybe 1.2 mm would do it for me? Any input on this? Should I just shut up and pick and start worrying more about my playing instead? ;-)

doley50 - Posted - 09/18/2008:  09:51:43


Hey Stefan,

I never used one one the Wegan, but I held one and did not like it. That being said I do use the RB the C type (I think it's the triangle one) the first few weeks it
was tough to get use to. I was using Fender heavy's or X-heavy's prior. Now I can not play with out it. I have a cheep o Sigma guitar and it just sounds great with this
pick. It has nothing to do with my playing LOL. How long have you been playing with the Red Bear? Id give it some time and see how it works out for ya. If you like the
tone your getting it maybe worth getting use too.

John

Wish List : Huss & Dalton TDR- Brazilian with Adirondack Top.

Ohio HD - Posted - 09/18/2008:  14:28:55


I play the wegen pick. It's fair but I'd like the bigger triangle better. The Red Bears I have not heard of . Where do you get them? I did have at least four or five wegens tear drop style but ended up losing them somehow> I figure maybe they via the washing machine. ( good Grief!)

Frank
We make a lot of money playing bluegrass but we don't have any fun!

fpeay - Posted - 09/18/2008:  19:27:50


You can buy Red Bear picks here - redbeartrading.com/ or at stringsandbeyond.com. Bryan Kimsey also sells them and will custom file them for you.

Frank

Ohio HD - Posted - 09/19/2008:  04:08:33


They look agood bit like pro plecs which I also use mostly on stage. The only reason is I can hold onto them . I'm not a real flashy picker anyway and don't think a real expensive pick is going to help me at this late stage anyway.

Frank
We make a lot of money playing bluegrass but we don't have any fun!

Bird Dog - Posted - 09/19/2008:  08:49:20


quote:
Originally posted by Ohio HD

I play the wegen pick. It's fair but I'd like the bigger triangle better. The Red Bears I have not heard of . Where do you get them? I did have at least four or five wegens tear drop style but ended up losing them somehow> I figure maybe they via the washing machine. ( good Grief!)

Frank



If they ever return from Lost Wash Limbo ask them if they've seen any of my socks...

Robin

Blue Moon - Posted - 09/21/2008:  12:58:14


I've been using the Red Bears for a few years and I really prefer the RB's over the Wegens. The RB's have a better feel and tone that I like. I have only broken one RB since I've been using them and I was playing mando at this time with a pretty hard chop to drown out those banjers(lol). When the RB pick broke it shattered like glass into a dozen pieces, but it has never happened again and I play pretty hard.

Blue Moon

Bird Dog - Posted - 10/02/2008:  08:15:40


quote:
Originally posted by Bird Dog

quote:
Originally posted by Ohio HD

I play the wegen pick. It's fair but I'd like the bigger triangle better. The Red Bears I have not heard of . Where do you get them? I did have at least four or five wegens tear drop style but ended up losing them somehow> I figure maybe they via the washing machine. ( good Grief!)

Frank



If they ever return from Lost Wash Limbo ask them if they've seen any of my socks...

Robin


Never mind. I found 'em!

Robin

bluegrassgirl - Posted - 10/02/2008:  17:00:25


I played a red bear with my mando...liked it. Have not with my guitar yet......nice guy though...very helpful

Mr. Bill - Posted - 10/14/2008:  00:02:01


I have both a Wegen and a couple of Red Bears. The first ones were medium gauge and I found them a bit much to handle. My favorite is a standard shape thin tortoise so the thicker Wegens and Red Bears didn't work so well. It's Just a touch thing, I think. Then I got a thinner Red Bear and that turned out nicely. I like the RBs because they feel like tortoise shell and I can hang on to them better. I still find Wegens twisting in my fingers. I can get that muted tone from both types. The angle of attack is really important. They can also sound "clacky" strumming thru the strings. I, too, wish the RBs were less costly. For me the Steve Kaufman green works out pretty well, too. I'm no speed demon but when I use a flatpick I want to hang on to it without the death grip and not suddenly cast it out into the audience or loose it in the sound hole. Again.

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