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    Posted: 05/19/2012 at 7:46pm
I bought a 2010 Xiom Stradivarius to compare it to a Viscaria (which I have used for at least six years).  I put T05 on the forehand and T25FX on the backhand of the Stradivarius.

The Stradivarius is significantly lighter (mine is just under 84 g compared to 91 g and 90 g for my two current Viscarias). Based on how rubbers fit, the head shape is similar to Viscaria.  This would not have been true with original Strad that came out around 2008, which had a more egg-shaped head that some people did not like.  Handles are similar in size, but dimensions are a bit different.  When the blade is sitting face down on my table, the Strad handle (flared) is a little wider but is not as tall as Viscaria, so overall circumference is about the same.  I would have preferred a bit bigger.  The Stradivarius has a somewhat harder or crisper feel when you play -- I would say the feel is closer to medium compared to soft for Viscaria -- but in general it plays much the same way as Viscaria.  It might be just a slight touch faster -- at least this one is, which is interesting given its weight.  Both blades have a very similar lack of vibration.  Stradivarius, like Viscaria, is a stiff blade, but it had just a little bit more flex away from the table, perhaps a reflection of its lower weight.  Feeling of high dwell time is great with both blades.  (I don't know if that is really what is happening, but that is what it feels like).  After an hour playing with the Strad, my level was exactly the same as with the Viscaria.   

As with every Xiom blade I have ever seen, fit and finish is flawless and the blade looks good.

It is a very good blade.  If you are looking for a lighter version of a Viscaria, TBS, TB-ALC, or Zhang Jike for about $100 (instead of the much higher prices Bttfly gets for their stuff), this blade is for you.  It also comes with a ST handle if you want.  It pairs very well indeed with Tenergy rubbers. 
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Nice to know Baal...

I bougth my Stradivarius  one week ago. AM waiting for the two rubber  to use it. FH: Xiom Omega 4 Pro. BH : XIOM Vega Pro.


FH :Rakza 7
BH : Donic Barracuda
Blade : Avalox P700

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I got totally different impressions from Stradivarius. May be because it much heavier ... my Stradivarius 90g. it feel softer than Viscaria and slower. It has more control and more forgiving than Viscaria. Played both blades with same rubbers.
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