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Using a Hooks Thimble for the first time in a recording.
That does seem to increase the volume and crispness of the notes. I can see a run on the Hooks thimbles coming on.
There already has been. I'm just late coming to the party.
Where can I buy one?
The one and only source of kick ass banjo thimbles;
I just ordered a set, 1 brass, 1 aluminum, from Joel for $20. Looking forward to them arriving in the mail.
That is cool Tom, and please keep us all posted on your results. Do you use one now?
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.
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.
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.
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