ProPik fingerpicks are designed to be completely adjustable, so it is one size fits all. We also offer a Small & Medium line of picks, specifically designed for players with smaller hands.
When it comes to thumbpicks, most players will use medium or large thumbpicks, depending on the size of their hands and again, these are adjustable to you and your style. Many average size players even prefer using Large thumb picks and adjusting them down.
Nickel is the most popular choice and is close to the brightness of stainless steel, but just a hair warmer. Many people prefer nickel because they are more adjustable than steel, which by its nature is much harder to adjust.
Brass is the warmest of the 3 metal choices.
The brightest of the three metals offered (stainless steel, nickel, brass). Due to the way they are manufactured and buffed to a high sheen, there is also less drag on the string, thus producing less pick noise and accents the brightness further.
#1 blades are the most narrow and #3 blades are the widest. The #1 and #2 blades are the most popular, with the #2 being a hair more popular.
Over the years, players have made all kinds of alterations to their picks (and their technique) to make them work better. Angled blades allow you to hit the strings squarely with minimized finger movement, so you get a boost of tone, speed, volume, and reduced pick noise.
I've been a professional banjo player for over thirty years. I've been an instructor for most of that time as well. I was a touring professional for ten years and recorded on Rebel Records. The ProPik is what I've been using, since I first discovered them, about ten years ago. I use the plain brass (#1) angle picks. I love the angle and I (believe) it's the only pick available with this option/feature. Most of my students use them as well. The number one reason I recommend these picks, is because I've NEVER had a problem getting them. I loved Showcase 41's but they became difficult to get... Bob Perry picks became hard to get...ProPiks have NEVER been hard to get and I love the angle option. The Delrin thumb pick is, in my opinion, is the best thumb pick in the business. I do, however, wish they would polish the face of the blade. A brand new ProPik Delrin thumb pick has a very sharp edge all the way around it...sounds awful until the edge is worn down a bit. I believe if they would polish the blade, more players would use them. The Blue Chip is inferior in my opinion. It's too heavy and way too slippery to sound good. (Not to mention the galactic price...I mean seriously???) Still...the Delrin picks need to be polished to be desirable, right out of the box. I fear that too many players fail to recognize the very simple fix necessary to enjoy the Delrin pick and it's superiority. ProPik should fix this problem or, at least provide a message or "tip" for the player to be patient or to polish the Delrin blade for best results. I still believe ProPik is the best product of its kind in the business.