Rhythm Patch Heavy Golden Brass Dome-Top Thimbles
For washboard musicians...and folks who sew—in 9 sizes
Excellent for vintage washboards...heavy golden brass thimbles offer a slight power boost, generate a lower tone than hard steel, extend life of rub surface, and resist corrosion.
Like fine silver, these thimbles are starting to show some tarnish. As you can expect though, they play just fine.
Heavy Weight Boosts Power
Just a touch lighter in weight than our classy quality Perlac brass thimbles, Rhythm Patch Heavy Golden Brass Thimbles are 1-1/2 times heavier than Rhythm Patch brass or steel thimbles, and 3-1/2 times heavier than Rhythm Patch aluminum thimbles. They're excellent when you need a slight power boost—and they look and feel like a million bucks.
What Exactly, are Golden Brass Thimbles?
To begin with, Rhythm Patch Heavy Golden Brass Thimbles are made from thicker gauge metal that is one-and-one-half times heavier than standard brass thimbles. What's more, in addition to the heavier gauge metal, they feature not one, but two electroplate coatings. The first is a protective nickel coating. The second is an opulent golden alloy called, zamak.
Zamak is a family of alloys with a base metal of zinc and alloying elements of aluminium, magnesium, and copper. Zamak alloys are part of the zinc aluminium alloy family; they are distinguished from the other ZA alloys because of their constant 5% aluminium composition. The name zamak is an acronym of the German names for the metals of which the alloys are composed: Zink (zinc), Aluminium, Magnesium and Kupfer (copper). The New Jersey Zinc Company developed zamak alloys in 1929. (Wikipedia)
Why Choose Heavy Golden Brass Thimbles?
If you want swanky thimbles that give a slight power boost; 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; do not rust—and look and feel like a million bucks, then these thimbles are for you.
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).