In my continuing search for truth, justice, and the Gypsy way, I have two more questions:
1) I've graduated from medium to now a heavy (Fender, Dunlop, etc.) pick. Constant use shaves/nicks the pick to a sharp point causing a scratchy attack which can be fun but unpredictable. Does technique-building demand a fresh, smooth pick at all times?
2) I can't imagine using one of those heavy Wegen-type picks you manouche guys wield. Those things look like rocks to me. But okay, suppose I took the leap and invested in such a pick (Are they worth the exorbitant price?). Which would you recommend? I play straight-ahead/bebop/latin, have a few electrics besides the Gitane DG-255, and need to continue gigging in those styles for awhile.