The Leather plectra is tailored cowhide £17.44 per 10 pieces
Ref L x B Tol. D1 / D2
3358 14 x 2.1 -/+ 0.3 4 / 2
1137 14 x 2.5 -/+ 0.3 4 / 2
3359 14 x 3.0 -/+ 0.3 4 / 2
Traditionally Cowhide was easy to get, but as it was quite soft people used it mainly for the “peau de bouffle” - a gentle register which imitates the finger tips of the lute player.
Leather plectra have got a smooth side which should be on top while inserting. After it is inserted and cut on length, the bottom has to be cut as thin until a pleasant tone arises. Instruments from 1900 to 1980 with leather plectra have got quills which are treated with linseed oil to make the leather harder and to hold it elastic. The cut leather plectra are available in three different width, have to be fit in by yourself (Ref :3358, 1137 and 3359).Leather plectra ages as it is played and becomes weaker over time as it wears, if just replacing 1 leather plectra in an older instrument you may need to voice it down extensively to match the other notes. Many instruments will have been converted to delrin plectra instead as this has a longer life span and more even quill like tone.