Rhythm Patch Enameled Brass Spring Colors Dome-Top Thimbles
For washboard musicians and folks who sew—in 9 sizes and spring fresh colors!
Excellent for vintage washboards. Baked enameled brass thimbles offer medium weight, a lower tone than hard steel, extend life of rub surface, and resist corrosion.
What is an Enameled Thimble?
First and foremost, the Spring Colors design makes these intriguing thimbles delightful to look at and fun to play. The hard baked-on enamel finish provides a smoother surface texture than plain metal. So the thimble glides more gently across a soft tin vintage washboard rub surface than a plain metal thimble. Because the thimbles have yet to be field tested, we do not know how long the enamel will hold up. And we don't know how well the enameled coating will protect a soft metal rub surface. Still, if you want intriguing premium quality thimbles with a fresh-looking design, then maybe Spring Colors are for you.
Our limited tests reveal no discernable difference in tone between plain metal and enameled thimbles.
Which Should You Get?
Enameled Brass or Enameled Steel?
Brass is a softer metal than steel. For that reason, if you want thimbles that are kinder to a vintage washboard with a soft metal rub surface, then choose brass. If you want thimbles that last longer than brass, then choose steel.Enameled or Plain Metal?
Choose enameled if you want intriguing thimbles with a refreshing Spring Colors design. The enameled coating will inevitably wear away with use. How soon we do not know. So if the enamel wearing away will disappoint you, then choose plain metal thimbles.
Why Choose Brass Thimbles?
If you want thimbles that generate a lower tone than steel; won't gouge ruts as fast as hard steel will into a vintage brass, zinc, or tin rubbing surface; resist corrosion and do not rust, then choose brass.
Brass thimbles are best for these washboards:
How Many Thimbles do you Need?
The number of thimbles you need for each hand is a personal preference. Most players use 3 thimbles (index, middle, and ring fingers). Others add a 4th thimble to their pinky. Many prefer just 2 thimbles (index and middle fingers). Some players use just one thimble (typically index or middle finger). However, many players use 4 thimbles on their fingers, plus a large 5th thimble (typically 18 mm to 20 mm) on their thumb for a "full-house" of 5 thimbles. You can achieve greater musical color with more thimbles than less. But the optimum number of thimbles depends on the musical genre, type of thimble (wood, plastic, metal, horn), your personal playing style, and ultimately—what works best for you.
What is Your Thimble Size?
Download FREE Paper Thimble Gauge
In a Rush? Find Thimble Size Instantly.
1. Measure finger circumference
2. Find thimble size
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If your finger measures 50 mm, then thimble size is 16 mm (50/16).