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Originally posted by rusttt rusttt wrote:

Okay ChrisUK, I had to post mine since it's like the evil twin of yours.  

Composition is ipe, white ash, white ash, kiri, white ash, white ash, ipe.  Handle is ebony, blue maple outer stripes and a canxan negra burl center stripe where you have sapphire dyed maple.  I jokingly called it Violince since it's pretty much a supercharged Violin.

It came out a little heavy at 98g and I put about 100g worth of Tibhar 1Q/XD on there so it's not for the feint of heart (or arm). I thought it would be a pretty novelty and I was curious if fatt was on to something with the super hard wood/hard sponge theory, but I honestly didn't expect to use it that much.  Fact is, I haven't picked up any of the other blades in over a month now because I love this combo so much!  Not only that, I haven't bought any more blades or rubbers after averaging 3-4 blades a month since January with rubbers to match.  I figure Ross has already saved me about $400! 

It has great power when asked, which I expected, but the big surprise to me was how good it is for touch shots, and flicks.  I thought the ipe on the top layer would lead to low dwell time and low spin, but I can get stunning amounts of spin on a full swing. I also feel more in control and I am hitting sharper angles than with other blades.  My regular opponents have commented on the serve returns and placement improvements in my game and I really enjoy the stunned looks they get when their "winner" comes back with force and accuracy off of a block.  The only shot that's really suffered is my occasional backspin vs. backspin shot which tends to float long with this setup.  I'm trying to switch to hitting/lifting those now but it's not quite there yet.

Thanks to fatt for the inspiration and to Ross for saving me money and for what is so far my favorite blade.
 
Thanks for the feedback on the blade - I'm glad it's working out well.  Please consider me again in the future when you'd like to save more money.  Wink
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Originally posted by rusttt rusttt wrote:

Okay ChrisUK, I had to post mine since it's like the evil twin of yours.  

Composition is ipe, white ash, white ash, kiri, white ash, white ash, ipe.  Handle is ebony, blue maple outer stripes and a canxan negra burl center stripe where you have sapphire dyed maple.  I jokingly called it Violince since it's pretty much a supercharged Violin.

It came out a little heavy at 98g and I put about 100g worth of Tibhar 1Q/XD on there so it's not for the feint of heart (or arm). I thought it would be a pretty novelty and I was curious if fatt was on to something with the super hard wood/hard sponge theory, but I honestly didn't expect to use it that much.  Fact is, I haven't picked up any of the other blades in over a month now because I love this combo so much!  Not only that, I haven't bought any more blades or rubbers after averaging 3-4 blades a month since January with rubbers to match.  I figure Ross has already saved me about $400! 

It has great power when asked, which I expected, but the big surprise to me was how good it is for touch shots, and flicks.  I thought the ipe on the top layer would lead to low dwell time and low spin, but I can get stunning amounts of spin on a full swing. I also feel more in control and I am hitting sharper angles than with other blades.  My regular opponents have commented on the serve returns and placement improvements in my game and I really enjoy the stunned looks they get when their "winner" comes back with force and accuracy off of a block.  The only shot that's really suffered is my occasional backspin vs. backspin shot which tends to float long with this setup.  I'm trying to switch to hitting/lifting those now but it's not quite there yet.

Thanks to fatt for the inspiration and to Ross for saving me money and for what is so far my favorite blade.



What a beautiful blade!  Well done Ross!
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Originally posted by ChrisUK ChrisUK wrote:

Is there nothing he can't do?

This is actually something I would like to find out.

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Here's a little video of the blade in action verses the experimental blade :)

Direct link here - http://youtu.be/mPMYrhmlzf4




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Here are some completed photos of my blade. Many thanks to Ross for making such a stunning blade! Is there nothing he can't do?









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No by Ross. The blade is sealed and he is building up the poly lacquer on the handle.


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Originally posted by ChrisUK ChrisUK wrote:

Here's another shot after an application of lacquer

 
Lacquer by you or by Ross? I thought that he already sealed the blade.
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Rusttt - Actually I have already seen your wonderful blade as Ross sent me a photo when we were trying to decide on handle stripe ideas.

It's great to hear that you're having so much success with your blade and I'm not surprised. The quality and finish of Ross' blades are second to none. 

I should hopefully be able to post some final photos of my blade within the next 24 hours as Ross advised me today that it has been finished. So I'm eager to share this wonderful piece of art with you all!
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The ipe wood looks so black when we look at it as an inner ply but it presents such a beautiful brown as an outer.

I was surprised to learn that it is inexpensive to the point it is used as hardwood for decks. It will go all grey though with the weather's action. We almost chose it before opting for trex last month; grey trex. I am sure you care very much. The color of my deck; wow!

That blade is so gorgeous I want to melt Cry.

I bet it would be the absolute preferred for a LP player using falco boosted Hurricane on the FH.

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Okay ChrisUK, I had to post mine since it's like the evil twin of yours.  

Composition is ipe, white ash, white ash, kiri, white ash, white ash, ipe.  Handle is ebony, blue maple outer stripes and a canxan negra burl center stripe where you have sapphire dyed maple.  I jokingly called it Violince since it's pretty much a supercharged Violin.

It came out a little heavy at 98g and I put about 100g worth of Tibhar 1Q/XD on there so it's not for the feint of heart (or arm). I thought it would be a pretty novelty and I was curious if fatt was on to something with the super hard wood/hard sponge theory, but I honestly didn't expect to use it that much.  Fact is, I haven't picked up any of the other blades in over a month now because I love this combo so much!  Not only that, I haven't bought any more blades or rubbers after averaging 3-4 blades a month since January with rubbers to match.  I figure Ross has already saved me about $400! 

It has great power when asked, which I expected, but the big surprise to me was how good it is for touch shots, and flicks.  I thought the ipe on the top layer would lead to low dwell time and low spin, but I can get stunning amounts of spin on a full swing. I also feel more in control and I am hitting sharper angles than with other blades.  My regular opponents have commented on the serve returns and placement improvements in my game and I really enjoy the stunned looks they get when their "winner" comes back with force and accuracy off of a block.  The only shot that's really suffered is my occasional backspin vs. backspin shot which tends to float long with this setup.  I'm trying to switch to hitting/lifting those now but it's not quite there yet.

Thanks to fatt for the inspiration and to Ross for saving me money and for what is so far my favorite blade.


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All of blade that you made, look very nice!! Clap Clap Clap
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Here's another shot after an application of lacquer

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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

After watching the world cup - Maybe German or Argentinian person can commission Ross Leidy blade with a flag handle...

They may need to wait until Sunday
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After watching the world cup - Maybe German or Argentinian person can commission Ross Leidy blade with a flag handle...
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Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:


Blue sapphire? What is that?
 
The center stripe was my last bit of some dyed sapphire blue Big Leaf Maple.  It's really something under a gloss finish.
 
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Originally posted by ChrisUK ChrisUK wrote:

The handle is American Holly outers, two blue maple with inclusions stripes and a centre stripe of blue sapphire

Blue sapphire? What is that?

BTW, looking good. Yes for more photos, please.
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Here's a sneak peak of my latest blade that Ross is currently building me. I might be a little bias but I think it's an absolute masterpiece



The handle is American Holly outers, two blue maple with inclusions stripes and a centre stripe of blue sapphire. I think it already looks good and he handle has only been sanded. The finished handle will be gloss because it looks great but it'll also prevent the white holly from picking up dirt.

More photos to follow as it progresses.

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reinecke you would love to play a LT-7; the sotto voce too; I would say the LT-7 is to the Mizutani what the Sotto Voce with with koto outer would be to the TB ALC; for costs reason you might want a Sotto Voce with limba outer; it would be a no nonsense can do it all blade with a wonderful feel and no vibrations at all thanks to the ipe medial plies giving structural super strength. 
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It looks like a shadow of a man in the handle, hence "Shadow Man Blade".
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So it is my turn to get one!

I play the Butterfly Mizutani Jun, and after reading through this thread it seems I could get some help from others that have gone for similar composition.

CALLING FATT AND SPEEDY!!!

Any suggestions for my blade?

The first review of Ross' blades similar to MJ are on pg 2 and 7 for those reading.

My favorite thing about the MJ is it's feel, and lack of vibration. You reviewed your blade on page 2 (white limba-dyed red koto-black limba-kiri-black limba-dyed red koto-white lima) and said you loved it but there was vibration on harder swings. You also said it was a little slower. I can deal with a small change in speed but would like less vibration.

You also mentioned trying something harder than koto to make the blade faster.

Other suggestions for blades similar to MJ are Sotto Vocce with mahogany outer.

I would appreciate anyone's suggestions for a composition to reduce vibration or increase speed, while maintaining the looping qualities.

 
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Thanks Ross, I might compensate with heavy rubbers and handle :) I'll definitely report once I get it done!
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:


"Glue it up, try it out, and let us know!"

that could very well be be the nicest slogan a table tennis custom blade builder ever said or wrote.


 
Aww, shucks.


"Aww, shucks."

that could very well be the most disappointed review a table tennis custom blade new owner ever said or wrote.

am I in a teasing mood this morning or what? Wink

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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:


"Glue it up, try it out, and let us know!"

that could very well be be the nicest slogan a table tennis custom blade builder ever said or wrote.


 
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by ChickenJesus ChickenJesus wrote:

Ross, I am interested in making a blade for myself and am rather new to the woodworking scene. Would White ash--Spruce--Kiri--Spruce--White ash be a viable combination (blade thickness will be around 6.4 mm total)? I generally perceive myself as a power looper. Any feedback on the strengths/weaknesses of this setup would be great :)
 
That's definitely a viable composition.  With the spruce and kiri, it's going to be pretty lightweight, so it may take more muscle when playing off-table.  However, for a spin-oriented game the resilient ash and soft inner plies should make a good pairing.   Glue it up, try it out, and let us know!


"Glue it up, try it out, and let us know!"

that could very well be be the nicest slogan a table tennis custom blade builder ever said or wrote.


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Originally posted by ChickenJesus ChickenJesus wrote:

Ross, I am interested in making a blade for myself and am rather new to the woodworking scene. Would White ash--Spruce--Kiri--Spruce--White ash be a viable combination (blade thickness will be around 6.4 mm total)? I generally perceive myself as a power looper. Any feedback on the strengths/weaknesses of this setup would be great :)
 
That's definitely a viable composition.  With the spruce and kiri, it's going to be pretty lightweight, so it may take more muscle when playing off-table.  However, for a spin-oriented game the resilient ash and soft inner plies should make a good pairing.   Glue it up, try it out, and let us know!
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Puzzling, you mean more like Maddening!!

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Ross, I am interested in making a blade for myself and am rather new to the woodworking scene. Would White ash--Spruce--Kiri--Spruce--White ash be a viable combination (blade thickness will be around 6.4 mm total)? I generally perceive myself as a power looper. Any feedback on the strengths/weaknesses of this setup would be great :)
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