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    Posted: 03/27/2017 at 5:10pm
It has taken me awhile to get to this review because I'm having so much FUN playing with this blade. When I learned that this series includes a 5ply blade made of all spruce I really wanted to try it. I have an Andro Ligna off that I really like but sometimes I found it hard a bit hard to control sometimes. It has spruce in the outer ply and it really helps touch and has lots of power reserves
I also own a Darker 7P-2A.7t which is 7ply all Hinoki. That blade is thick, stiff, Off+, with good touch for a fast blade but was not right for me...lacked feeling.
I got an S-5 st from tt11. They show the blade,on their web-site to weigh 87gm and I asked for a 88 or 89. The closest they had was 85. I wanted the blade to be solid and there is no problem there.It is very solid with a bit of vibration but very muted. The touch is the best I have ever had on any blade for the short game. The blade is at its best blocking, looping, and counterdriving.  I feel like I can do anything with this blade. It's ability take underspin and loop is scary. Yet in blocking I can block soft and negate power or punch sharply and put a point away with accuracy. It is a solid off speed and can finish a point easily.   By the way I play Vega Europe max on my forehand and gambler 4 Kings on the backhand for control in the short game and for blocks. Even with the 4 Kings on backhand, which is medium speed, I can get good pace on sharply hit backhands. The blade has several speeds but never surprises me. 
For a game built on control,loops, smashes, and blocks I can't imagine a better blade. Worth checking out.
If someone gets the 7 ply version I would love to read your experiences. I think 7ply will be very fast but still have good touch and control because of the spruce.  Selvin has already reviewed the version with carbon in it.
One last question???Has there ever been a 5 or 7 ply blade of all spruce...I have not heard of it.
At around 70.00 to your door in the states it is great buy when you consider you are almost getting a Resond (6.3mm and 5 ply where this is 6.0mm and 5ply)  but without the violin case and an extra 2000.00 on your VISA bill.
The Resond for Everyman!!!    Great blade.Wink

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Great review!
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Thanks, that's just a starter but I do really like the playing characteristics of this blade....The results have been wonderful too.  I am playing at a 1700-1750 level right now. The best player in our club is about a 2000 level Chinese penholder. He has a relentless attack mode he stays in. The first time I played him with this blade I lost, as usual, but not 3-1 or 3-0 but 3-2, 11-9 in the fifth.  Anytime I get a game from him it feels like a victory. That is the closest I have ever gotten. He told me "Your blocking was much better today."  Nothing like results!
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I´m really interested in this blade as I´m looking for a upgrade of my Nittaku Acoustic (Large Handle). What is the balance and the handle like? I prefer rather neutral blades, using rubbers like the Andro Hexer. I´m still not sure whether the S5 or S7 will be better for me, could you please compare the S5 with a standard Off blade in terms of stiffness and speed?

Many thanks in advance.


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Joe B.  could you name a well known blade that the S-5 is close to in terms of speed?
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Tom the S-5 is about the same as a standard Acoustic which is solid Off in my book. I own this blade so I am very familiar with it. S-5 is clearly faster than OSP Virtuoso. Keep in mind however that this all-spruce blade has a very smooth power to it. To me it is like a good automatic transmission in a car. Press on the gas slow or fast for speed but it is never jerky.  As you increase your arm speed there is more power available..but very smooth.   IT IS A GREAT BLADE TO SPIN THE BALL - THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED.
The more I play it the more I like it.Wink
PS A little faster than Korbel...higher top end.
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Thrice, I have an Acoustic St in regular handle. My S-5 St is clearly more balanced to slightly light headed. I find my Acoustic (90gm) head heavy.  Keep in mind my S-5 is 85 gm. but the all spruce make-up is very solid yet soft feeling.
I would strongly suggest you go with the 5. Here's why. It is listed at 87gm and 6mil on the tt11 site.  The S-7 is listed at 6.3 and 90gm average.   Also the 7ply has Ayous listed as one of the woods (core most likely). I think that that will not have the combination of control, power, and touch that an all-spruce blade seems to have. 
The st on s-5 is larger than on a standard Acoustic st but not by a whole lot. It is made of wild cherry a very solid wood. The st on s-5 is just like on an Andro Ligna st  (Soulspin size)   Hope this helps.
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Does anyone know of another ALL-SPRUCE blade?  The S-5 is the only one I have ever heard of. It is a very special blade to me.
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Thanks JoeB.  I have played with Acoustic Carbon and Violin so I could approximate the speed of your ref = Acoustic
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I have a young Japanese boy (middle school age) that I coach weekly. He hit with my new S-5 and wanted one too. His family was taking a trip to Japan to see family so I thought he would get one there. They said they could not find it there. So when he got back he ordered one from tt11. His weighed only 81gm. mine was 85.  But his feels just like mine and he really likes it.

By the way the S-5 and the S-7 are on sale at tt11 this week for one week only.    Great buy.
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SALE  The S-5 and the S-7 are on sale at tt11 for only 4 more days.   Very good buy.
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I wish there was a review of the S-7.

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I am hoping that someone who bought that blade will post a review also😜
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Thanks for the review: I couldn't resist and bought one, as it was on special offer at tt11...
I wanted to test one of the all-wood Nittaku blades made in Germany (in collaboration with Soulspin, or is this just for the Meister series?), and the S-5 is not only the most affordable, it also appears to be the most versatile.
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Argo, after you have had a little time to live with your S5 post us a short review please thank you
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