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    I’ve seen a couple “teaser” posts on FB about these but maybe they are close to actual production. I’ll have to wait for some comparison videos, myself, but the color options are different at least!

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    That blue and green one is really cool but $45/pick is too much for me

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    They really need to tell us more about what they are actually made of. I'm interested because Frank says they're good, but $45 good? I hope they are.
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    Is that not the going rate for pretty much all the boutique TS alternative picks? Is 45 any different than 40 for an Apollo or the other picks in that category?

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    I received my ToneSlab pick yesterday. Triangle shaped 1.4mm, light blue color. I like it quite a lot so far. Compared to my blue chip CT-55 it has similar playability but a little brighter tone.

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    My first should be arriving in the post any minute. Tweener (smaller triangle), 1 round corner, 1.5mm, yellow. Looking forward to comparing it with my usuals.

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    Curious if anyone here have give em a try and would post a review on how they compare to others picks.

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    I received a TS Tri (big triangle) 1.4mm about two weeks ago. So far I have really liked the pick. It is slightly larger in size than my Bluechip CT 55. Tone seems to be brighter than Bluechip or the Apollo/casein picks. Playability/fit/feel is as good as any pick I have tried, not quite as grippy as BC but still very easy to hold on to. Can’t speak to durability yet, but seems to be holding up very well with no signs of warping/wear after several weeks of heavy play. It is quickly becoming my go to pick!

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    I'm working on a pick review of the Tone Slabs and a new pick from Italy called Techpicks. It'd run by a couple PhD materials scientists who want to build a better flatpick. The TS picks are certainly a bit brighter than BCs and the material is very quick off the string, very low friction. More to follow in the December issue of Bluegrass Unlimited

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    Slightly related - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have a new CD that's available for pre-release, and they have a pre-release package for $55 that includes the CD (signed, maybe) and one of the picks. Such a deal! (Compass Records is the label/site. NFI - just a FS&DK fan.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mills View Post
    I received a TS Tri (big triangle) 1.4mm about two weeks ago. So far I have really liked the pick. It is slightly larger in size than my Bluechip CT 55. Tone seems to be brighter than Bluechip or the Apollo/casein picks. Playability/fit/feel is as good as any pick I have tried, not quite as grippy as BC but still very easy to hold on to. Can’t speak to durability yet, but seems to be holding up very well with no signs of warping/wear after several weeks of heavy play. It is quickly becoming my go to pick!
    I just picked up a 1.4 Tweener. Gobsmacked! I actually think it’s every bit as grippy as a Blue Chip. Tone is indeed a bit brighter. My new favorite pick.

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    I have a BC on its way. I’ve been using a heavy guitar pick now. I wonder what the difference will be.
    It’s a TAD50-1R. I hope I made a good decision. I can always exchange it later on.

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    45 dollars for a tiny piece of plastic ? pull the other one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWilliam View Post
    That blue and green one is really cool but $45/pick is too much for me
    Many members here seem to have unlimited funds for accessory items and binge-purchase the latest as soon as they hit the market...then discard the unwanted items in the classified ads here. I have purchased two Tone Slab picks (amongst other items) sold as "used" for less than the "new" price. I like the tone, lack of friction in string contact and the gription with my fingers.
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    Tone Slab is having a small sale now, about 1/3rd off. So I ordered one for guitar and one for mando. I report back what my thoughts on them are.

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    Just got my Tone Slab picks yesterday. A 1.5 mm (my preferred thickness these days) TS tear drop for guitar and a 1.5 mm TS Tri for mandolin. Both have right hand bevel, which is also my preference.

    Compared to my other picks (Wegen, Prime Tone, Gravity Gold, Gravity acrylic, Blue Chip, Apollo PEEK and others). These are my 2nd least preferred. The blue chips are the overall least preferred.

    Like the blue chips I find the Tone Slabs to be dull and muted sounding, on guitar and mandolin family instruments. This holds for flatpicking single notes or strumming/chopping chords. The TS are slightly brighter than the BC, but both brands sound worse to me than the others.

    The PEEK Gravity Gold (not the confusingly named colored Gold picks) still have the best overall tone to my ears.

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    The one I have (1.2 or 1.4 a have to measure) was a full triangle with fairly pointy tips and was too bright, but when I rounded them off it quickly approached too dark for where I wanted to be. Haven’t gone back but I suspect the sound is in there somewhere.

    Kind of like my Apollo (PEEK IIRC) picks, and maybe all of boutique plastics, the sound depends a *great* deal on thickness and shape. And for me, what I’ve been using or playing lately can greatly change how I feel about a pick on any given day. My last couple months noodling around in classical stuff has me back with 1.4 Primetone “grip” all polished up for a brighter sound, so I probably should have just left the TS alone :|

    In the end, I realized I *need* the collection of picks I’ve amassed. Probably “need” some more

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