One of my favorite topicks ! … It’s always fun to try different picks. Not only is there an endless variety of picks, there’s different bevels, different grip, different size and thicknesses. With all of this comes different tone. It’s also a lot cheaper to buy different picks than to buy different instruments.
I agree with Mike on cheap picks with one difference. I don’t like the large triangle version of the Ultex 1.14. I like the teardrop style and I swear they have a different tone to my ears even though they are the same thickness and material. Maybe it’s just in my head. I prefer smaller picks is another reason I like the teardrop better.
My favorite is an STP 45 Blue Chip WITHOUT a speed bevel I had Matt custom make a couple years ago. It’s a small version of the TP. I only have one pick with a speed bevel that I like, and that’s the Wegen bluegrass 1.4 that Mike sent me. (not just being nice either Mike, I really do like this pick and would highly recommend it). I also like the Heavy Red Bear small triangle pick (without the speed bevel of course). Keep in mind though, I’m one of the very few that doesn’t like speed bevels, most players prefer them and pull really good tone out of them. I get better tone without the bevels and the smaller picks are more comfortable to me.
Sometimes on Mandolin Café, guys will post batches of picks they’re selling after cleaning out their desks and a lot of times, there are some expensive picks mixed in with cheaper ones. You’re likely to find a couple keepers. It’s a good way to try a big assortment all at once. Then you can post the ones you don’t like and get some of your money back.
Hopefully you’ll never find the perfect pick. That would take the fun out of it, so try to found a favorite or two and not one that’s perfect. Your mood will constantly change how you hear your instrument.