Basalt Wars: A New Hope

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  1. J011yroger

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    After years of faithful service, and countless battles Jollikin Skywalker plots his betrayal. Unfulfilled promises of the false prophet Basalt Gods have lead him to dire peril.
    Supply lines have become stretched too thin to sustain, and the empire's continued shipments of substandard weaponry have made the battle tested mercenary unable to wage large scale battle.

    The embers of betrayal are being fanned to flame as Darth Jolly begins to survey blueprints of rebel weaponry. He sends an encoded transmission to the famed smuggler Tom Solo, and confides in his most loyal allies; Joel Joel Binks, Denni Wan Kenobi, Pickle 3PO, VS Babafett, and AliD2.

    A tale of love, loss, and Karophite.

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  2. mmk

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    So are you Michael Arndt?
     
  3. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    I'm Rick James @$#$!

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    wow you are really back
     
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    Welcome to the Innegra side, Jollikin.
     
  6. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    I find your lack of faith disturbing...

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    Are you still playing a lot? Does this mean the clubs are being retired?
     
  8. J011yroger

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    As honorary chairman of the welcoming committee, it's my privilege to present a laurel and hearty handshake to our new... Innegra.

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  9. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    Yea, playing the same as ever. All my k90s broke, and I got 3 new ones. The blxps cave in almost instantly, so I've got to switch to something else.

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  10. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    let your anger make you strong, yes!

    Dunlops? or the Prestiges are as good as ever...
     
  11. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    The Dunlops which I have tried felt really flimsy to me, and I need something with an 18x20 pattern, so the 100 is out.

    I REALLY liked the IG Prestige (and gave it a glowing review) so my plan is to get one of them in the next week or so and start tinkering with strings and tensions and weights (oh my!).

    I am open to other things, but it has to be a small(ish) head, somewhat stiff (stiffer the better), and 18x20 pattern.

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  12. sargeinaz

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    Head IG prestige or yonex vcore 89 would be my suggestions. Good luck.
     
  13. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I would give the regular bio 200 a hit, just so you get a fair example of a good dunlop (there are other models I don't like at all), but I do think the IG prestige will be fine.
     
  14. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    Hmmm... Never considered the Yonex.

    Just looking at the thing it seems like it would be lame to serve with.

    Maybe I am just making things up?

    I'll have to give it a ride if given the opportunity.

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  15. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    The last Dunlop I actually liked was the Mfil 200.

    I thought it did everything OK, but wasn't outstanding in any area. But I could have easily played with it, the N90 was just a little better at everything so I chose the Wilson. I did consider the Dunlop on the merits of lower cost though.

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    It's a 16M though. I just started hitting again with its grandfather, the RD Ti70 with a fairly ordinary syn gut. Still a classic and it's 18x20.
     
  17. power level 800

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    So you're giving up on Wilson? :(
    ..but the Wilson BLX six.one 18x20 sounds exactly what you're looking for. closed string pattern, good enough plow-thru and perfect stiffness at 65. one last chance? [​IMG]
     
  18. J011yroger

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    Might be worth a demo, but I am really turned off by Wilson now, and have heard tell of the oval beam frames caving too.

    I mean, I went through 17 N90s, and 23 K90s. And they all lasted YEARS, and these new ones are caving in under a month of mostly playing doubles?

    Really?

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    Yea, I need something current though, because once spring rolls around I will need at minimum 6 frames.

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  20. rdis10093

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    from abuse or just lots of string jobs?
     
  21. power level 800

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    ouch.. fair enough. what about a Prokennex frame? They have the same shape grip as a Wilson!
     
  22. robby c

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    25th Annv.Prestige has great colors for any Jedi Pirate.
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  23. J011yroger

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    My K90s were fine for years, until I switched to Kevlar mains/ALU crosses, and then they started to cave in.

    So I assumed that it was the Kevlar mains which instead of stretching like a normal string transmitted all of the shock to the frame, and caused them to pack it in.

    It seems as though the new ones are just garbage. One started to cave after the very first Kevlar stringjob, so I switched to BBO/ALU and they start to give it up after just a few stringjobs, even stringing at 50lbs.

    It isn't just my frames either, I've seen multiple others.

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  24. J011yroger

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    Sexy as hell, but only midplus.

    :(

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  25. J011yroger

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    Haven't heard much good about the black 93.

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  26. KFwinds

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    BLX Blade Tour? 93 head, 18x20, etc...
     
  27. J011yroger

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    Still bitter over the KBT, possibly the worst "players" frame ever to be held in my hands.

    I believe my summary was "Gutless tinker-toy"

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  28. power level 800

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    yes, just a tad to light and too flexy.
     
  29. J011yroger

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    Well... Light I can fix, but flexy is to the bone.

    :)

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  30. KFwinds

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    The BLX version is a completely different animal. Also, I just hit with the new Blade 93 coming out this month and I can tell you that it is anything but a "gutless tinker-toy". Worth a demo.
     
  31. J011yroger

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    Ok, I will snag one!

    It is still 18x20 right?

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  32. NLBwell

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    That would be an Ncoded transmission.
     
  33. NLBwell

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    Just buy out all the ProStaff 6.0 85's. I played with kevlar in my one racket (a SV) for over 20 years until it broke. With the small head the string pattern is dense enough.

    No real pirate would be caught dead with a sissy large-head racket like a K90.
     
  34. J011yroger

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    Ha! Excellent!

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  35. J011yroger

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    I thought of buying one of the new ones to try, the price is certainly right, but the pattern is about as open as the 90s and I can't keep string in them.

    I don't think the new 85s have the same fortitude as the ones of old, and doubt that they will hold up as well as even the K90s to Kevlar.

    I have a bumperless SV, and a Chicago in near mint condition, but they are relics of a bygone era, not fit for combat duty.

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    Grab a Pacific X-Feel Pro 90 Vacuum and report back.
     
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  38. KFwinds

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    Yep! Still 18x20... :)
     
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    It's too bad the Yonex RDiS mid wasn't around anymore. That thing would be right up your alley spec wise!

    I'm glad to see you back Jolly!

    -Fuji
     
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    I'd love to hit one for the heck of it, but looks to flexy to take a chance on buying unless bargain price used one.

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    Never hit with a Yonex in my life.

    They just aren't popular on the East coast so I've not had the opportunity.

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    "You are unwise to lower your defenses!"

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  43. roundiesee

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    So... after all these years, you are ditching Wilson for Head?? Say it an't so....... :(
     
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    I'm afraid that I have deemed them unworthy of my continued patronage.

    I'd love to still play with them, all the racquets were awesome up until now.

    But I can't keep string in them, and they keep breaking. I can't play with frames that are compromised after 3 stringjobs, and unusable after 6+, and then send them back, wait for replacements, pay to have the replacements re-customized. Only to go through the process again and again.

    If they said "Look, something went wrong with the molds, and we are trying to fix it." I would hold down the fort and hope the 2013 line was better (If any of you remember how there were early and late model Ncodes where the first run had a silver spec label, and the second run had the black label). But the Wilson rep has said flat out "Yea, they all break, but it is cheaper to just replace the ones that break by warranty than to figure out what is wrong, and make the frames good." Why should I stand by a company like that?

    And then to read about all this research on spin effect, and their dog and pony show that gets trotted around the country to show how great their research is? Give me a break. Make the racquets you have good. Even to look at the new ones and the POS bumper sets they have. How much more could the good bumper sets cost? Hell, everything gets more expensive as the years roll on, charge $5 more for the frame, and don't cheap out on the bumpers.

    In my opinion.

    Head. I>LM>MG trending down. MG<YT<IG Trending up.

    Wilson. T90<N90<K90 Trending up. K90>B90>P90 Trending down.

    The BLXPS is the worst of all the tour 90s. The IG Prestige is the best of all the post year 2000 Prestiges.

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    i'm going to upgrade my yt prestige pro....by replacing the grommets with the ig ones.

    the clear grommets have the appeal of a shiny new toy on christmas morning.
     
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    Wow Jolly, so sorry to hear this sad story. Anyway, good luck to you and hope you find the new sticks to your liking! :) Please keep us posted of your exploits with the new rackets! :)
     
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    On a side note, I'd love to see you hit with the new 16x15 Steam. I doubt that string bed would last you 30 minutes! :lol:

    -Fuji
     
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    Upgrading the shields on your battle cruiser to better withstand imperial torpedo hits!

    Genius!

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