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Posted: 29 Aug 12, 08:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was wondering if anyone could tell me which Australian coin is closest to the coin that May used as his plectrum - i'm trying to get his sound.
I am assuming it is the 5 or 10cent piece or are none similar enough.

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Posted: 29 Aug 12, 09:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He doesn't use Australian coins because of the zinc content. He is allergic.

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Posted: 29 Aug 12, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

try getting hold of an old english silver sixpence off ebay


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Posted: 29 Aug 12, 11:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian uses the old six-pence pieces, from before Britain decimalized in 1972.

I have a few of these, but I've actually found an Austrian coin with an even more serrated edge, making the tone that much sweeter and clear.


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Posted: 30 Aug 12, 00:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've mucked around with the 5 cent piece. It's interesting, but not enough for me to want to change my habits.

The best sound I've gotten so far was with a ten million mark note from the Weimar Republic. Bit of a handful.


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Posted: 02 Sep 12, 04:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Try a greek Euro coin. They're gonna be as rare as a six-pence. ;)



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