Diary of a Racketaholic

TimePlease

Rookie
My super low SW 2015 blade 18/20 made a miraculous comeback after I completely rebalanced it by moving lead around. It’s incredible now. This is what I had always wanted a blade to be.
I have one of them so am interested in how you've set yours up to make it sing.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I tried to tell you it’s awesome. Lol. But you got there in the end.
Yeah, yeah....you were right. Again.

Ahh, okay. As I look closer now I can see it's not a mecha at all, I can see the dude's head. Hah!

I never got into Warhammer, but when I was younger I did like these DnD miniatures that Wizards of the Coast sold. Mostly just liked collecting them though.
40k is incredibly interesting. I've only been reading it for a few months but it's definitely in my SciFi/Fantasy wheelhouse.

I still have my VC95s. I may let this battle go for a bit just to make sure I am fully on the creamsicle train. I am pretty sure I am though, but it's nice to revisit things now and then.
The death nail for the VC95 was hitting it last night with Lynx Tour. Where I once found the VC95 to feel direct and responsive, it felt boardy and brutish. There wasn't even the faintest trace of a pocketing response on impact and I couldn't even bring myself to finish a set with it. It still absolutely bombs the serves though. The feel of the Dreamsicle just can't be matched and the fact that it's paired with modern power makes it a perfect combination.

But yeah, my partner last night said the difference was noticeable between the two and that he would have rather I played with the VC95. He said the shots off the Dreamsicle were heavier and more troublesome where when I was playing with the VC95, shots were hit harder but were predictable and easier to anticipate. And to top it off, the Dreamsicle is doing all that at a lower weight. I added about 7 grams but I'm going to take some of that off today to have just a total of five grams added but it's still about 10 grams lighter than the VC95.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
I too play golf as does my son. Unfortunately got into it so much that I actually assembled clubs (heads and shafts and grips etc etc). Rabbit hole it is. Just cut down to 1 set of clubs recently. Still change my own grips and futz with other golf stuff. Much more expensive ‘holism than tennis overall. Now if you you want to talk ‘holism we could discuss guitars, mountain bikes, or motocross which are another level of $$ altogether.
Speaking of guitars, the same son is a better guitarist than golfer. I pretty much still own him in tennis. Can hang with him in golf. Can't touch him on guitar. But that's the difference between starting at 8 vs. 41, but I try hard, haha.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
I'm curious though, is it a gundam or some other mecha like from Armored Core?

Also fun times for me lately. Playing like **** again. I'm just not sure if the blame is more on me or if the strings need to go. Normally when my matches go this way its time to cut out polys for me. This Diadem Solstice Black was nice for a few matches, but having a rough go lately. Namely like I forgot how to serve again...

On another note...I am thinking that I want to try the new TF40s when those come out. Maybe a demo session with the new Blades. I love my 2015 reissue that I have, but I haven't been able to score another one yet and I'm at the point where I want to have two of the same sticks again so that I can experiment. I'm not really a string breaker so I can usually get away with one stick for a while when I go gut/poly. Maintains playability a lot longer for me.
I have a 2015 Blade that I'd like to unload. Bought it for my younger son, but he immediately claimed my Gravity Tour and hardly ever hit the Blade. It's an L3. If you or anyone is interested, PM me.
 

ryushen21

Legend
synths and samplers are the cool instruments now - you are back in the game my man.
It's crazy to see guys in the guitar community arguing about amps vs. modelers. I've played through some modelers and they are getting really good. But maybe I'm just old enough to be stuck in that mindset of plugging straight in (well, as much as you can) to an all-tube head coaxing the tone out of it, and then just letting it rip.

Got a chance to do that with a new Aristides headless 7 string and Orange Rockerverb the other day. Really made me wish I owned both.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
It's crazy to see guys in the guitar community arguing about amps vs. modelers. I've played through some modelers and they are getting really good. But maybe I'm just old enough to be stuck in that mindset of plugging straight in (well, as much as you can) to an all-tube head coaxing the tone out of it, and then just letting it rip.

Got a chance to do that with a new Aristides headless 7 string and Orange Rockerverb the other day. Really made me wish I owned both.
My son just got a new Katana Artist, so I inherited his Katana 50. I also have a Peavey VK II mini that I play through, but I have no pedals for it, which is tantamount to playing a classic head pro stock with no mods in a 4.0 league match.
 

topspn

Legend
Goodness the orangesickle even claimed the resident Yonex guy. The prototype has certainly been playing well for me. Even in very old ultra cable, still played a full 2hrs with it yesterday including a practice set and it played well. A fresh BK will do it a lot of good.
 

RF_PRO_STAFF

Semi-Pro
To the gut/poly users here: I'm restringing one of my '18 VC95's with VS Touch 1.25 / Hawk Touch 1.20 tomorrow. My usual string setup is Hawk Touch 1.20 / Ghost Wire 1.17 at 22/21 kg (48.5/46.3 lbs).

Haven't played with gut since I was around 10-12 y/o. Either mains or crosses and used that for a few weeks but don't remember how it played at all.

How much should I up the tension for the VS Touch / Hawk Touch setup? Will be using it in colder temperatures, mostly indoor carpet and if not, at least in dry weather. I was thinking 24/23 kg or 23.5/22.5 kg but not sure? Can anyone chime in?
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
Goodness the orangesickle even claimed the resident Yonex guy. The prototype has certainly been playing well for me. Even in very old ultra cable, still played a full 2hrs with it yesterday including a practice set and it played well. A fresh BK will do it a lot of good.
Dammit, if you fall I'm going to have to demo this thing. How is it compared to your Zus frames.... power/feel/control?

The only thing holding me back from a demo as I've really worked the XL's, lots of matches now, lots of practice, and some ball machine work on backhand. I'm really really digging the 7G and Top Banana so much after all that work. And matches that count in leagues I'm 9-2 with the TB. The last loss put some doubt in my mind as they always can do, haha, but then everything came back together during the next match. Practice matches have been at least that good, maybe better as I've played more and just let it rip. TB is deadly when you are playing full confidence.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Dammit, if you fall I'm going to have to demo this thing. How is it compared to your Zus frames.... power/feel/control?

The only thing holding me back from a demo as I've really worked the XL's, lots of matches now, lots of practice, and some ball machine work on backhand. I'm really really digging the 7G and Top Banana so much after all that work. And matches that count in leagues I'm 9-2 with the TB. The last loss put some doubt in my mind as they always can do, haha, but then everything came back together during the next match. Practice matches have been at least that good, maybe better as I've played more and just let it rip. TB is deadly when you are playing full confidence.
You need to try the Dreamsicle. Do it.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
It's crazy to see guys in the guitar community arguing about amps vs. modelers. I've played through some modelers and they are getting really good. But maybe I'm just old enough to be stuck in that mindset of plugging straight in (well, as much as you can) to an all-tube head coaxing the tone out of it, and then just letting it rip.

Got a chance to do that with a new Aristides headless 7 string and Orange Rockerverb the other day. Really made me wish I owned both.
I have a lot of good friends doing huge tours (metal, active rock) and they all went digital. They also have sampled drums triggering with their kick hits and layered in the mix.

Result - super low stage noise, super clean and balanced FOH mix. Yeah, its nice to plug into a tube head, but those things need a lot of gain and that means a lot of stage volume.
 

topspn

Legend
Dammit, if you fall I'm going to have to demo this thing. How is it compared to your Zus frames.... power/feel/control?

The only thing holding me back from a demo as I've really worked the XL's, lots of matches now, lots of practice, and some ball machine work on backhand. I'm really really digging the 7G and Top Banana so much after all that work. And matches that count in leagues I'm 9-2 with the TB. The last loss put some doubt in my mind as they always can do, haha, but then everything came back together during the next match. Practice matches have been at least that good, maybe better as I've played more and just let it rip. TB is deadly when you are playing full confidence.
Don’t get carried away. Yes, it plays very well and has whip, decent power and accuracy. It’s a bit doppioesque a little less forgiving due to head size and a bit less inherent power but with a much better feel. There are trade offs but I’ll know more with fresh BK and more time. My SOZ feel is still superior but I suspect MP will feel better with Bk. Power still my SOZ a bit more. But way too early for me to make any substantive impressions
 

JGads

Legend
Dammit, if you fall I'm going to have to demo this thing. How is it compared to your Zus frames.... power/feel/control?

The only thing holding me back from a demo as I've really worked the XL's, lots of matches now, lots of practice, and some ball machine work on backhand. I'm really really digging the 7G and Top Banana so much after all that work. And matches that count in leagues I'm 9-2 with the TB. The last loss put some doubt in my mind as they always can do, haha, but then everything came back together during the next match. Practice matches have been at least that good, maybe better as I've played more and just let it rip. TB is deadly when you are playing full confidence.
Can't argue with 9-2, mate. That's only two bad Tuesdays. My honest perspective, as we're carrying the flag here for the 16/20 PKs, is honestly that the Rad is tremendous and in the upper tier of frames available these days, yet still not quite up to par with what we already have in our bags. At least for me. Lil' more forgiveness, lil' more consistency for me with the PKs. Comes down to the 16/20 and shaping the ball better, and much more vicious backhand response out of the PKs for my two hander. I think you'd like the Rad but it wouldn't disrupt the hierarchy, in the end. But of course I'm biased as Mr. Sandman.
 

CountMonte

New User
Can't argue with 9-2, mate. That's only two bad Tuesdays. My honest perspective, as we're carrying the flag here for the 16/20 PKs, is honestly that the Rad is tremendous and in the upper tier of frames available these days, yet still not quite up to par with what we already have in our bags. At least for me. Lil' more forgiveness, lil' more consistency for me with the PKs. Comes down to the 16/20 and shaping the ball better, and much more vicious backhand response out of the PKs for my two hander. I think you'd like the Rad but it wouldn't disrupt the hierarchy, in the end. But of course I'm biased as Mr. Sandman.
I have to support Gads here. I have an Orange Crush Dreamsicle in my bag, along with a VCP100. But the Top Banana gets all my playing time except when friends want to demo rackets and have fun test driving. If you’re grooving with the Top, you need to remember the grass isn’t oranger on the other side.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
Can't argue with 9-2, mate. That's only two bad Tuesdays. My honest perspective, as we're carrying the flag here for the 16/20 PKs, is honestly that the Rad is tremendous and in the upper tier of frames available these days, yet still not quite up to par with what we already have in our bags. At least for me. Lil' more forgiveness, lil' more consistency for me with the PKs. Comes down to the 16/20 and shaping the ball better, and much more vicious backhand response out of the PKs for my two hander. I think you'd like the Rad but it wouldn't disrupt the hierarchy, in the end. But of course I'm biased as Mr. Sandman.
I suspect I would end up in the same place, just because I’m really dialing in with the 27.5s. Once you get there, it’s tough to go back without the same reverse commitment, even though you can play just fine. It’s the little things in matches, the approaches, the defensive backhand, the mid court overhead…. That’s the stuff that burns me when I switch lengths too quickly.

And gawd, let’s be real, the 7G and TB are goat frames. No real weaknesses, tons of super strengths. No reason at all to switch to anything else. But having a DayGlo in my bag, at least for a demo, is somehow inevitable. Lol. Gotta see what the fuss is about. I need to put some thought into what else I would want to demo to put together a little test box. That might be the hardest part as nothing really interests me.
 

JGads

Legend
I have to support Gads here. I have an Orange Crush Dreamsicle in my bag, along with a VCP100. But the Top Banana gets all my playing time except when friends want to demo rackets and have fun test driving. If you’re grooving with the Top, you need to remember the grass isn’t oranger on the other side.
Gave me a chuckle.

I suspect I would end up in the same place, just because I’m really dialing in with the 27.5s. Once you get there, it’s tough to go back without the same reverse commitment, even though you can play just fine. It’s the little things in matches, the approaches, the defensive backhand, the mid court overhead…. That’s the stuff that burns me when I switch lengths too quickly.

And gawd, let’s be real, the 7G and TB are goat frames. No real weaknesses, tons of super strengths. No reason at all to switch to anything else. But having a DayGlo in my bag, at least for a demo, is somehow inevitable. Lol. Gotta see what the fuss is about. I need to put some thought into what else I would want to demo to put together a little test box. That might be the hardest part as nothing really interests me.
I get the itch to just try it, of course. You'll have fun with it. But the TB and 7G will grin and await your return. As ever.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
Can't argue with 9-2, mate. That's only two bad Tuesdays. My honest perspective, as we're carrying the flag here for the 16/20 PKs, is honestly that the Rad is tremendous and in the upper tier of frames available these days, yet still not quite up to par with what we already have in our bags. At least for me. Lil' more forgiveness, lil' more consistency for me with the PKs. Comes down to the 16/20 and shaping the ball better, and much more vicious backhand response out of the PKs for my two hander. I think you'd like the Rad but it wouldn't disrupt the hierarchy, in the end. But of course I'm biased as Mr. Sandman.
That's where the dreamsicle fell just short for me. And I didn't notice that directly banging balls for 2-3 days prior, but when we finally moved into point play, I couldn't shape it as well as I could with some others, but that was just for me. And it seriously hurt my feelings because the racquet is incredible. I've found that I need exaggerated amounts of plushness and dwell to be happy. The UP even fell short of that criteria eventually.
 

ryushen21

Legend
That's where the dreamsicle fell just short for me. And I didn't notice that directly banging balls for 2-3 days prior, but when we finally moved into point play, I couldn't shape it as well as I could with some others, but that was just for me. And it seriously hurt my feelings because the racquet is incredible. I've found that I need exaggerated amounts of plushness and dwell to be happy. The UP even fell short of that criteria eventually.
That is just outright off. I get tons of shape on the ball. In fact, throwing out that high, heavily spun forehand is one of the shots the Dreamsicle does best for me.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
That is just outright off. I get tons of shape on the ball. In fact, throwing out that high, heavily spun forehand is one of the shots the Dreamsicle does best for me.
I could hit plenty of spin. So yes on that type of shape. But I struggled a bit with carving the ball wide. Like I implied, that could have been on me. I didn't have the luxury of choosing a string or dialing in my mods perfectly. For me, it played more point and shoot in point play. That's all I'm saying.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I could hit plenty of spin. So yes on that type of shape. But I struggled a bit with carving the ball wide. Like I implied, that could have been on me. I didn't have the luxury of choosing a string or dialing in my mods perfectly. For me, it played more point and shoot in point play. That's all I'm saying.
Makes sense. I hate not having string choice on a frame. It's why I just buy frames to playtest them like so many others here. String and tension are such a huge part of how a frame performs.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
Makes sense. I hate not having string choice on a frame. It's why I just buy frames to playtest them like so many others here. String and tension are such a huge part of how a frame performs.
I'm not a strong advocate for the one-week demo. I'm with you. I usually know initially if it's doable, but then some quality time is necessary.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I have one of them so am interested in how you've set yours up to make it sing.
I put lead on both sides of the Y of the throat, from 4-5, from 7-8, and a half a gram at 12. Leather grip and og with no additional weight in the handle. Comes to ~11.9 oz with a ~320SW depending on strings.
What did you do? My 2015 Blade also has a rather low SW.
what I did probably won’t work for you because I like my sticks traditionally balanced with a low 320 SW whereas you seem to prefer polarized sticks with ~330 SW.
 

Addxyz

Professional
To the gut/poly users here: I'm restringing one of my '18 VC95's with VS Touch 1.25 / Hawk Touch 1.20 tomorrow. My usual string setup is Hawk Touch 1.20 / Ghost Wire 1.17 at 22/21 kg (48.5/46.3 lbs).

Haven't played with gut since I was around 10-12 y/o. Either mains or crosses and used that for a few weeks but don't remember how it played at all.

How much should I up the tension for the VS Touch / Hawk Touch setup? Will be using it in colder temperatures, mostly indoor carpet and if not, at least in dry weather. I was thinking 24/23 kg or 23.5/22.5 kg but not sure? Can anyone chime in?
Currently using Lux1.25/PTF1.20 at 52/49. It was maybe a little too powerful for warmer temperatures, but this is probably perfect now in the 60-70F range.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I suspect I would end up in the same place, just because I’m really dialing in with the 27.5s. Once you get there, it’s tough to go back without the same reverse commitment, even though you can play just fine. It’s the little things in matches, the approaches, the defensive backhand, the mid court overhead…. That’s the stuff that burns me when I switch lengths too quickly.

And gawd, let’s be real, the 7G and TB are goat frames. No real weaknesses, tons of super strengths. No reason at all to switch to anything else. But having a DayGlo in my bag, at least for a demo, is somehow inevitable. Lol. Gotta see what the fuss is about. I need to put some thought into what else I would want to demo to put together a little test box. That might be the hardest part as nothing really interests me.
I am going to bring the TopB back to the fold with the same strings and see how it goes.

I can tell you the ball shape of the Radical MP is nasty for me. It's actually a standout feature. Its so easy to shape the ball with this frame, that it's insane. Perfect example is that it has that whip to it even with the higher SW. While people are hunting down lighter and lower SW top Bs, the Radical is probably a frame you will add a little lead too if it comes in lighter. I also think the feel is better, and I like the feel of the new PKs a lot.

It will be a really fun comp because these two frames are playing in a very similar space.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
I am going to bring the TopB back to the fold with the same strings and see how it goes.

I can tell you the ball shape of the Radical MP is nasty for me. It's actually a standout feature. Its so easy to shape the ball with this frame, that it's insane. Perfect example is that it has that whip to it even with the higher SW. While people are hunting down lighter and lower SW top Bs, the Radical is probably a frame you will add a little lead too if it comes in lighter. I also think the feel is better, and I like the feel of the new PKs a lot.

It will be a really fun comp because these two frames are playing in a very similar space.
Yeah, my latest foray and commitment to XL’s has made me realize I don’t quite have a frame in standard length that is *everything* like the G and TB are in XL. The Doppio is very close. But it lacks a little on serve for me and feel isn’t addictive around the net. Still, an absolute gem of a frame and I still love it. But I would like to have something TBish in a 27. Something that is goat worthy. Or maybe I’m just a 27.5 guy and that’s it.

I would demo that Z(e)us frame topspn is using if the darn thing wasn’t 400 bucks a click.
 

Chuonfood

Semi-Pro
Hey everyone,
I'm looking for easier swinging control/power frame. Was looking at Pure Aero VS. How does this play when compared to new VCore 95? Big or small difference?
Does anyone know someone selling their PA VS?
 

topspn

Legend
Yeah, my latest foray and commitment to XL’s has made me realize I don’t quite have a frame in standard length that is *everything* like the G and TB are in XL. The Doppio is very close. But it lacks a little on serve for me and feel isn’t addictive around the net. Still, an absolute gem of a frame and I still love it. But I would like to have something TBish in a 27. Something that is goat worthy. Or maybe I’m just a 27.5 guy and that’s it.

I would demo that Z(e)us frame topspn is using if the darn thing wasn’t 400 bucks a click.
So far, I regret my expensive experiment to try the 62RA. I much prefer the 70RA which feels so connected for me and i am simply playing without over thinking. I am more confident on the ball for sure. It is also the more superior frame for me on volleys as well.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I have a lot of good friends doing huge tours (metal, active rock) and they all went digital. They also have sampled drums triggering with their kick hits and layered in the mix.

Result - super low stage noise, super clean and balanced FOH mix. Yeah, its nice to plug into a tube head, but those things need a lot of gain and that means a lot of stage volume.
Yeah, it's crazy how much stage rigs have changed and evolved.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Yeah, my latest foray and commitment to XL’s has made me realize I don’t quite have a frame in standard length that is *everything* like the G and TB are in XL. The Doppio is very close. But it lacks a little on serve for me and feel isn’t addictive around the net. Still, an absolute gem of a frame and I still love it. But I would like to have something TBish in a 27. Something that is goat worthy. Or maybe I’m just a 27.5 guy and that’s it.

I would demo that Z(e)us frame topspn is using if the darn thing wasn’t 400 bucks a click.
The biggest issue with XLs is that they are XLs. Somedays its great and other days, no thanks. So in that regard, the MP and TB are quite complimentary.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I took a gram off the hoop and a gram from the butt of the Dreamsicle. All qualities just as good as before and a little added quickness.

My wanted ad continues with no replies. If I don’t find one on the bay, I might just buy 2 brand new ones.
 

CiscoPC600

Professional
Hi everyone,

My name is Cisco, and I'm a racketholic. In the last couple years I've dabbled with:
  • Yonex VCORE 95 (2018)
  • Wilson Blade 98 18x20 (2015)
  • Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL
  • Head Speed MP (2019?)
  • Technifibre TFight 315
  • Babolat Pure Aero Plus
  • Wilson Pro Staff 85 (Chicago)
  • Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Stretch

My game is a mess as a result. I've promised friends and family I would quit, but I keep falling off the wagon. My favorites are probably the Yonex VCORE 95 and the Pure Aero Plus despite being on opposite sides of the spectrum. The VCORE for singles and the Pure Aero Plus for dubs. I've sold all my VCOREs. So now I'm primarily playing with the Blade. I keep telling myself I need to quit switching frames, strings, tensions, gauge, etc. But I don't. Help.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Hi everyone,

My name is Cisco, and I'm a racketholic. In the last couple years I've dabbled with:
  • Yonex VCORE 95 (2018)
  • Wilson Blade 98 18x20 (2015)
  • Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL
  • Head Speed MP (2019?)
  • Technifibre TFight 315
  • Babolat Pure Aero Plus
  • Wilson Pro Staff 85 (Chicago)
  • Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Stretch

My game is a mess as a result. I've promised friends and family I would quit, but I keep falling off the wagon. My favorites are probably the Yonex VCORE 95 and the Pure Aero Plus despite being on opposite sides of the spectrum. The VCORE for singles and the Pure Aero Plus for dubs. I've sold all my VCOREs. So now I'm primarily playing with the Blade. I keep telling myself I need to quit switching frames, strings, tensions, gauge, etc. But I don't. Help.
Help? Yeah, you’re in the wrong place for help. The only thing we can help with is supporting the habit. :)
 

topspn

Legend
Hi everyone,

My name is Cisco, and I'm a racketholic. In the last couple years I've dabbled with:
  • Yonex VCORE 95 (2018)
  • Wilson Blade 98 18x20 (2015)
  • Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL
  • Head Speed MP (2019?)
  • Technifibre TFight 315
  • Babolat Pure Aero Plus
  • Wilson Pro Staff 85 (Chicago)
  • Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Stretch

My game is a mess as a result. I've promised friends and family I would quit, but I keep falling off the wagon. My favorites are probably the Yonex VCORE 95 and the Pure Aero Plus despite being on opposite sides of the spectrum. The VCORE for singles and the Pure Aero Plus for dubs. I've sold all my VCOREs. So now I'm primarily playing with the Blade. I keep telling myself I need to quit switching frames, strings, tensions, gauge, etc. But I don't. Help.
Just a warning, this isn't a group therapy thread. If anything, we're gonna encourage your racquetholism
 

ryushen21

Legend
Hi everyone,

My name is Cisco, and I'm a racketholic. In the last couple years I've dabbled with:
  • Yonex VCORE 95 (2018)
  • Wilson Blade 98 18x20 (2015)
  • Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL
  • Head Speed MP (2019?)
  • Technifibre TFight 315
  • Babolat Pure Aero Plus
  • Wilson Pro Staff 85 (Chicago)
  • Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Stretch

My game is a mess as a result. I've promised friends and family I would quit, but I keep falling off the wagon. My favorites are probably the Yonex VCORE 95 and the Pure Aero Plus despite being on opposite sides of the spectrum. The VCORE for singles and the Pure Aero Plus for dubs. I've sold all my VCOREs. So now I'm primarily playing with the Blade. I keep telling myself I need to quit switching frames, strings, tensions, gauge, etc. But I don't. Help.
There is no way but to embrace the chaos and give in to. More frames, more strings, and a stringing machine. Your list up there didn't even include the Graphene 360+ Speed or Radical. What about a VCore 100?

One cannot fight the river, but must instead surrender to its current.
 

skeeter

Professional
I have to support Gads here. I have an Orange Crush Dreamsicle in my bag, along with a VCP100. But the Top Banana gets all my playing time except when friends want to demo rackets and have fun test driving. If you’re grooving with the Top, you need to remember the grass isn’t oranger on the other side.
How you liking the VCP100? Just demo'd it and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it; may give my VCP97 a good run if I get one. Doppios still in the bag as well.
 

faded_lines

Rookie
I just recently picked up two VC95 and have been gelling with it thus far. Feels great on serves and love the direct feeling from VC95.

But all this hype around the dreamsicle.. I must experience it for myself. :laughing: Just bought one.. How much lead are y’all adding to it?
 

nvr2old

Hall of Fame
It's crazy to see guys in the guitar community arguing about amps vs. modelers. I've played through some modelers and they are getting really good. But maybe I'm just old enough to be stuck in that mindset of plugging straight in (well, as much as you can) to an all-tube head coaxing the tone out of it, and then just letting it rip.

Got a chance to do that with a new Aristides headless 7 string and Orange Rockerverb the other day. Really made me wish I owned both.
Tried multiple modelers (Line 6, Katana Mk I and II, Headrush, and other modeling amps) but keep coming back to plug and play tube amps. If I played out might feel differently for reliability sake and ease of use and in the mix quality but I’m just an in home hobbyist with little or no real talent (kind of like tennis).
 
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