Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

  1. #1
    small instrument, big fun Dan in NH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2022
    Location
    Nashua NH
    Posts
    318

    Default NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    New Pick Day!

    A while ago I bought a Blue Chip pick, a TAD-60. But lately I've been using Dunlop Primetone 1.5 Large Triangles. and I'm starting to think I like those better than my expensive Blue Chip.

    But I ordered some new picks, and they arrived today - Golden Gate X-Stiff Large Triangle Clown Confetti, or as the internet calls them Clown Barf.

    They feel really good in the hand, and glide over the strings.

    I'll post again when I've had a chance to try them with several different instruments.
    Eastman MD-514 (F body, Sitka & maple, oval hole)
    Kentucky KM-250 (A body, spruce & maple, f holes)

    And still saving my nickles & dimes & bottle caps & breakfast cereal box tops for my lifetime mandolin.

  2. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Dan in NH For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Albany NY
    Posts
    1,653

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I haven't used the clown barf but I actually have been preferring the prime tone over the BC lately, inf fact I kind of forgot about my BC and found it in my octave case at a jam the other night, I am using it again but, can't beat a prime tone sometimes.
    "Mean Old Timer, He's got grey hair, Mean Old Timer he just don't care
    Got no compassion, thinks its a sin
    All he does is sit around an play the Mandolin"

  4. #3
    Registered User John Soper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Posts
    1,319

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    If I'm going to a large jam, especially if it's outdoors, I take my extra stiff Clown Barf large triangles - much easier than a an unmentionable natural product, Blue Chip or ToneSlab to find if they drop, no biggie if they are loaned out and somebody doesn't return them, and they sound pretty good for the $$.

  5. #4

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I like the sound of Golden Gate picks but they always slip out of my fingers. I prefer Wegen for that reason, and because they're still not too expense. Maybe i should try drilling a few holes through the middle of some golden gates, Wegen style.

  6. #5
    small instrument, big fun Dan in NH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2022
    Location
    Nashua NH
    Posts
    318

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    My Blue Chip was $35, closer to $50 after engraving & shipping.

    Primetones are $9.00 for 3, or $3.00 each.

    The Clown Barf were $18.00 for 12, or $1.50 each, half the cost of the Primetones.

  7. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2023
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I'm on a similar pick comparison kick. Right now my Blue Chip CT55 feels the best, but I ordered some heavier Primatones and some Dunlop Stubbies to compare. I've already compared the Blue Chip against some of my old picks with the caveat that most are standard guitar pick shaped. The CT55 beat out the following:

    V-Pick Tradition
    Graph-Tech Tusq
    Iron Age 3mm
    Dunlop Ultex Triangle
    2022 Eastman MD515/V
    2022 Gibson F-5G

  8. #7

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I have been using the large triangle Primetone picks for several years. Prefer the smooth ones to the sculpted.

  9. #8

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I haven't tried another pick since I discovered Golden Gates, although I have a boxfull.

    Dave H
    Eastman 615 mandola
    2011 Weber Bitteroot A5
    2012 Weber Bitteroot F5
    Eastman MD 915V
    Gibson F9
    2016 Capek ' Bob ' standard scale tenor banjo
    Ibanez Artist 5 string
    2001 Paul Shippey oval hole

  10. #9
    Registered User Eric Platt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, MN
    Posts
    1,854

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I like the Golden Gate for practicing at home. Am more than slightly surprised at the difference in sound between one of those and a Fender 346 Extra Heavy.

    For performances or band practice have fallen back to using a Blue Chip 40.

  11. #10
    small instrument, big fun Dan in NH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2022
    Location
    Nashua NH
    Posts
    318

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    Man, these Clown Barfs are awesome. They just glide over the strings. No pick click at all.

    They have a nice edge to them. I mean "edge" in a "knife" sense, not a "stand up comic who's trying to hard" sense. It feels like a table knife, beveled but not sharpened if that makes sense. That really helps the picks in their clean & tonefull attack.

    Is tonefull a word? I guess it is. Now.

    My Blue Chip is supposedly "speed beveled." I don't know what that's suppose to mean. I just know that I haven't touched my Primetones or my Blue Chip since I got these Golden Gates.

    Does anyone know, the other non-clown-related Golden Gate picks, the white, black, ivoroid, pearloid, and tortoise, do they all have the same feel as the Clown Confetti?

    I'll be sticking with my Clown Barf X-Stiff Large Triangle for the foreseeable future.

    $18.00 for a bag of 12 on Amazon. Drop shipped form China, I think, so delivery takes FOR EVER (that's what 12 days feels like to a Prime subscriber). And cheaper than Primetones (although Primetones are nice, my second favorite probably, and easier to source).

    Highly recommended



    EDIT: Well, I just checked Amazon and the Golden Gate picks have SKYROCKETED in price. Now $27 for a bag of 12. That's puts them on par with Primetones, price wise.

    Well, I play with them for the tone, not the price. Oh well.
    Eastman MD-514 (F body, Sitka & maple, oval hole)
    Kentucky KM-250 (A body, spruce & maple, f holes)

    And still saving my nickles & dimes & bottle caps & breakfast cereal box tops for my lifetime mandolin.

  12. #11

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in NH View Post
    Well, I just checked Amazon and the Golden Gate picks have SKYROCKETED in price. Now $27 for a bag of 12. That's puts them on par with Primetones, price wise.

    Well, I play with them for the tone, not the price. Oh well.
    Strings by Mail has them cheaper than Amazon with reasonably fast shipping. Not the Clown Barf color though.
    https://www.stringsbymail.com/golden...ick-16087.html
    I guess I'll just stay right here, pick and sing a while...
    2022 Morris F5 #482, 1995 Flatiron 2MB

  13. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Columbia River Gorge
    Posts
    196

    Default Re: NPD - Honk Honk!!!

    I bought a few Golden Gate Stiff and X-Stiff clown barf picks a few months ago and I must say that I am pleased with them. I keep my Dawg picks nearby along with my Primetones and I switch around among them but the clown barf has been a pleasant surprise. Take my endorsement at face value: I’ve been playing mandolin a year-and-a-half, now.
    Finished my rookie year and still determined to learn!
    Ratliff F-style Country Boy
    Eastman MDO-305 Octave Mandolin
    Kentucky KM-272

    I donít know what I want to be when I grow up.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •