I like the blue chips. I’ve played with high end picks for some time now and to tell you the truth I have now switched over to BlueChip.
My friend ordered me the TAD 40 and TAD 55. I was already accustomed to playing the larger pick, so that transition was easy enough.
I thought I’d like the TAD 55 but that is not the case. I have really settled into the TAD 40 as there is a bit of flex to it. I can feel it, but it is by no means like roasting a hot dog on a sapling over the camp fire. I personally think it suits my playing perfectly. Where the TAD 55 feels like a 2x4 made from Oak…it’s stiff.
I think the two picks that were sent to me (even had name engraved) probably were close to $100.
Oh, I was sent the picks due to stopping by unannounced while I was in Ohio and playing a small venue with a few pickers that I had not seen in 4-5 years. They ended up getting enough donations from the folks that we each were entitled to $100 or so. I turned it down. He had been trying for some time through emails and such to get me to switch, so he took what he considered my share of the money and sent me the picks.
When it comes to tone, I think they are on par with about anything I have ever used on the high end. I honestly have zero complaints and the TAD 40 (1.0 mm) probably has at least 4 months of wear so far (I probably play a minimum of 20 hours a week and during winter probably more like 50 hours a week. Also note that the 1.0 does not feel as “floppy” as those cheap picks of the same thickness one can pick up for $1.00 each).
I chose to settle into the TAD 40 because shifting from flat picking a break right into rhythm is an easy transition and sounds good going either way. The TAD 55 I found myself having to adjust the pick prior to the transition into either. I don’t mind flat picking with the TAD 55 but I don’t enjoy banging out those fast bluegrass rhythms with it. I never lose it, but it seems I am doing a lot of in-flight adjustments with it.
The beveled edges are great. Both of mine have the “speed bevel”. These to me are the best feeling picks for sliding like butter across a string.
Here is a picture I took of them on my guitar for your reference. I am a blue chip pick guy now and since you’ve reminded me I will will probably order 2 new ones once I finish this post. Because we all know how horrible it is to lose your favorite pick and not have an identical back up. I typically can keep track of a pick for a year or so, but you never know.
EDIT TO ADD
Fellas I messed up. The TAD 55 I was referencing above is actually the CT 55. Please note it, my bad. Next time I need to actually look. This pick is the one that Chris Thile uses and was designed for him (No wonder my buddy chose it, he’s also a mandolin player).