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Using a Hooks Thimble for the first time in a recording.

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Comment by Tom Taggart on February 12, 2017 at 11:57pm

That does seem to increase the volume and crispness of the notes.  I can see a run on the Hooks thimbles coming on.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on February 13, 2017 at 8:53am

There already has been. I'm just late coming to the party.

Comment by Scott Danneker on March 2, 2017 at 3:39pm

Where can I buy one?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 2, 2017 at 6:33pm

The one and only source of kick ass banjo thimbles;


Comment by Tom Taggart on March 2, 2017 at 6:42pm

I just ordered a set, 1 brass, 1 aluminum, from Joel for $20. Looking forward to them arriving in the mail.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 3, 2017 at 9:41am

That is cool Tom, and please keep us all posted on your results. Do you use one now?

Comment by Tom Taggart on March 4, 2017 at 12:26am

Once in a while I have tried to get by with a modern banjo finger pic turned backward. The volume is louder but the pick seems to slide around a bit and if I crimp it tight enough to keep it in place it cuts off the circulation in my finger tip. The shape of the ones Joel sells looks like they will stay in place better and will definately look more authentic when I am doing Civil War living history events.

Comment by Tom Taggart on March 6, 2017 at 6:51pm

My thimbles came in the mail today.  Really nice quality work, very smooth finish and easily fitted to my finger.  Thanks Joel!  The thimble doesn't seem to want to slide off the end of my finger and is very comfortable to wear as opposed to the modern banjo pick I was using.  There is a nice increase in volume as well compared to no thimble.  Now I just need to practice up a bit to get used to wearing thimbles and get a video posted.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 7, 2017 at 8:55am

I got some also yesterday, including an aluminum one. Strong clear sound. These are great. I still struggle with getting them to stay on, but I am finding that squeezing it small prior to putting it on is better than trying to put it on and then squeeze it tight. Then I can sort of push and tap a bit more on a bracket on the inside of the banjo.

Comment by Chris Prieto on March 12, 2017 at 2:55am
Joel made me a smaller one and it's been fun and much easier for me use. Used it busking last night and earlier today, it does change the quality of tone a bit but I realized I don't need to strike strings as hard with thimble. More like pecking at the strings. Very plucky.

I actually wrapped mine in thin leather and clamped it down with some pliers to make it more round around my finger. I also leave it a tad loose so my finger doesn't turn purple.

Over all very happy with my mini thimble.


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