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Postby Kopfschmerzen » March 9th, 2010, 1:53 am

Hi everyone!

I have a long heavy brass slide with inner diameter of 21 mm and it fits my ring finger well. In addition I want to buy a shorter glass slide and wear it on the first two phalanges of the ring or middle finger. It has to fit firmly so it should have smaller inner size. I cannot check it right now at a musical store, so could you please advise me on what size to choose if 21 mm suits well for the whole finger?

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Postby Ricochet » March 9th, 2010, 11:51 am

If by the first two phalanges you mean the more distal ones (away from the palm of the hand), I'd go slightly smaller than what fits snugly over the most proximal phalanx. Maybe 18mm? In practice, though, I find that being a little loose is no handicap as I can crook my finger slightly inside it.
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Postby Crow » March 9th, 2010, 12:09 pm

If there is a Sears store near you, go to the hardware section, find the metric sockets and start inserting digits. You can get a precise measurement that way. (The sockets themselves make great slides BTW.)
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Postby Kopfschmerzen » July 9th, 2010, 12:53 am

I've got a new slide, Dunlop Tempered Glass Heavy Wall, medium short - inner diameter 20 mm. It suits me well, 18 mm would be too small I believe. The slide is fantastic, very lightweight (which is good for my electric with a low action set up), produces bright clean sound (my brass slide makes much more buzz). Now I can finally start learning some slide technique 8) Thanks everyone!
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