If you don't
plan on doing any sanding or shaping to the pick then
I would recommend the Wegen. But if you are like me and you intend
further alterations, then start with the Mandolin.com Mandolin
Mandolin Pick is a perfect blank to begin your shaping. With the
Wegen I still need to do some work to make it just right for
me. I soften the bevel a bit further and do some magic shaping to
the flat surface for better ergonomics. With the Mandolin.com
Mandolin Pick I do the same shaping and end up
with a great pick for a little less money. Once I've done
my shaping I actually prefer the Mandolin.com Mandolin
Pick. They might have a little nicer sound then the Wegen. But remember
right out of the bag the Wegen pick sounds much better. So you
have to decide.
The Wegen has
the fine detailed bevel, the texture and a basic shape that makes
them seem like they're worth $5 each, plus tax. You'll have to
find one of the 50 dealers world wide that sell Wegens (check
the Wegen website for dealers). Or buy them from the Netherlands
through their website.
Mandolin Pick has very little detail. They are smooth. The basic
shape is more similar to a Dawg pick, more rounded then the Wegen.
Are they worth $3.73 each, plus $2 shipping for a bag of four.
I'd say yes. Once you put a nice bevel on the edge you've got
one of the two best picks in the world. Get them at Mandolinbridge.com.
Alan M. Bond