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This blade is definitively in the top 5 of the most complex requests I have gotten so far. Combi blades are hard, that's a given, but this time the owner presented a full professional project for the blade and handle design! I had to scratch my head a few times to make this one happen, but in the end it turned out great Smile

Composition: Hinoki / Spruce / IC / Ayous / Ayous / Maple
Weight: 83.6g
Thickness: 5.4mm
Freq.: 1162 Hz
Balance: 2.4cm (Low)












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Wow! The spalted maple in the handle looks amazing. My late father enjoyed the challenge of working with this type of wood on the lathe. Sometimes pieces would fly apart at the very edge of completion. What was the owner’s goal of the complex asymmetrical layering?
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Originally posted by SoCalJL SoCalJL wrote:

Wow! The spalted maple in the handle looks amazing. My late father enjoyed the challenge of working with this type of wood on the lathe. Sometimes pieces would fly apart at the very edge of completion. What was the owner’s goal of the complex asymmetrical layering?

It's a challenge working with this type of wood, there is also no way of knowing how the final piece is going to look like because the spalting is so erratic. 

I take no credit for the handle design, I just executed his idea, but the composition was my suggestion. He's a pushblocker, basically he wanted a relatively light blade, similar in speed or slower than his Allround Evolution on the BH, but faster on the Fh and without the hollow feeling.
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Hipnotic, that no-good Der_Echte at TTD is talking crazy noise that you should be brought before court for making your blades. What is up with that joker?
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Originally posted by BH-Man BH-Man wrote:

Hipnotic, that no-good Der_Echte at TTD is talking crazy noise that you should be brought before court for making your blades. What is up with that joker?

Yeah, let him sue me, I can count on you as my witness.
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There aren't many inner fiber blades with Kiri core out in the market and I really don't know why... They can be very good blades!

Composition: Hinoki / Ayous / Super A-C / Kiri / Super A-C / Ayous / Hinoki
Weight: 82g
Thickness: 5.95mm
Freq.: 1485 Hz
Balance: 1.8cm (very low)






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How would you compare ZLC vs super A-C in terms of hardness,feeling and ability to apply spin.
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S A-C is a denser version of A-C so it' faster and provides a bigger sweetspot, but it's also harder and heavier. I think in terms of hardness S A-C and ZLC are similar, but the weave of ZLC is lighter so it has a bigger hardness to weight ratio. Feeling wise I think ZLC is more numb but also more reactive.
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I used to work with guitars but I never worked with violins before, let alone three! A commissioned blade with a Violin composition and a cool custom Cobra Kai logo, as well as some simple repairs on a couple of damaged Violins.

Composition: Ash / Ash / Kiri / Ash / Ash
Weight: 85.3g
Thickness: 5.35mm
Freq.: 1141 Hz
Balance: 2.8cm (Low)










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One of my personal favorites, too bad I didn't get to keep it! I must say I don't get any credit for designing this handle, it all came from the owner's mind, I just executed his idea.

Composition: Framiré / Ayous / I-C / Ayous / I-C / Ayous / Framiré
Weight: 84.6g
Thickness: 5.7mm
Freq.: 1230Hz
Balance: 2.9cm (Low)










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How did you measure frequency?
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What is headsize, 157*150?
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Originally posted by Rollko Rollko wrote:

How did you measure frequency?

"1. Download the Advanced Spectrum Analyzer PRO app in Android (by Vuche Labs, it is free)
2. Open app
3. Click on the 3 horizontal lines on the top right
4. Select "Enable Peak Hold"
5. Hit play
6. Bounce the ball on the bare blade a few times
7. Hit pause on the app. Then see frequency with peak amplitude"
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Originally posted by windysummer1 windysummer1 wrote:

What is headsize, 157*150?

Yes
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Balance: 2.9cm (Low)
How is Balance measured? 2.9cm from tip of blade or from tip of handle?
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Originally posted by hleett hleett wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

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Balance: 2.9cm (Low)
How is Balance measured? 2.9cm from tip of blade or from tip of handle?

I measure balance from the tip of the handle to the center of gravity.
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What is the ideal location?
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Originally posted by hleett hleett wrote:

What is the ideal location?

That's subjective and depends on the player's preference.

The scale I use is based on some practical examples I made. Highest point is a very heavy blade with really light handles, which is about 5cm, and lowest point is a really light blade with heavy handles, about 1.4cm. The scale is a division of that length:

1.5 - 2.2: Very Low
2.3 - 2.9: Low
3.0 - 3.6: Medium
3.7 - 4.3: High
4.4 - 5.0: Very high

For reference, a 91g Viscaria has a balance of about 2.7cm. Other blades with hollow handles usually have an higher CG, around 3.2cm or more. A lower balance will make the blade feel light in the hand, this is suitable for close to the table play because it allows quick BH/FH transitions. So you can use a heavier blade and it will still feel relatively light. Conversely, a higher balance will make the blade feel heavy. Transitions are slower, but will also create more momentum which leads to more power, so it's more suitable for mid distance play. But again, it all depends on personal preference.
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