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Hi all, 

A couple of players I met who I met at a local university asked me for a recommendation for some some equipment. They are just getting started  and are looking for something in the $30-40 range. The rubber should European-like, relatively light with blade with a shakehand grip. I've been away from equipment purchasing for a while so any recommendation would be appreciated. Thanks! 


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getting started but want "Euro styled" LOL... just talk to the man already...

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Thanks. 

Colestt looks to be very low in inventory right now due to tariff complications. 

I used Euro-like to differentiate from hard Chinese rubber. I would never recommend the trampoline ESN rubbers to someone just starting out. Just looking for a decent rubber with decent characteristics. 
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if you have a SPIN nearby, you can maybe pick up a couple...i think they're priced the same from the Stiga store.



then there is Paddle palace and megaspin...but you should talk to Coles....


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Ok, I'll give Coles a call and see what his situation looks like. Thanks.
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is 30 - 40 dollars just for the blade or is that total including rubbers? 
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Yes, blade and rubber.

There is no email address or phone on Colestt website. Anyone have contact info?
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try buying slightly used rubbers to keep the cost down
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https://www.zeropong.com/gambler-combos-c-118/gambler-special-combo-instinct-2-all-wood-p-492?zenid=evupcv46gv88pienedce9jgm54

$36 assembled plus a bat cover and a free shirt.  five-ply wood ALL+ rated.  I tried the Mech-tek predator on another person's bat and thought it was a really good, playable intro rubber.  But you can choose any of their rubbers with this deal.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Charlie Brown Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/05/2019 at 12:34pm
Originally posted by richrf richrf wrote:

Yes, blade and rubber.

There is no email address or phone on Colestt website. Anyone have contact info?

he's a member in here...

PM:    cole_ely


that zeropong suggestion is also a good option.


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Thanks everyone! 

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Originally posted by richrf richrf wrote:

Thanks. 

Colestt looks to be very low in inventory right now due to tariff complications. 

I used Euro-like to differentiate from hard Chinese rubber. I would never recommend the trampoline ESN rubbers to someone just starting out. Just looking for a decent rubber with decent characteristics. 

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TableTennisStore.US - Paddle

20 bucks with both sides friendship 729
rating solid 1000
moving up to 1001
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Originally posted by Purett Purett wrote:

TableTennisStore.US - Paddle

20 bucks with both sides friendship 729

This or Gambler may work fine for them. Thanks!
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Originally posted by richrf richrf wrote:

Originally posted by Purett Purett wrote:

TableTennisStore.US - Paddle

20 bucks with both sides friendship 729

This or Gambler may work fine for them. Thanks!
yup
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To spend $40 for 2x euro rubbers + blade sounds like mission impossible to me. But Chinese makers to the rescue!

With some luck you may get decent used ALL/ALL+ blade and put new Palio CJ8000 rubbers (go for hardest version, which will still end up being very soft) Palio rubbers are cheap Chinese clones of Euro rubbers. Here, by "cheap" I only mean price, the quality is pretty good for $10 product.

Examples: 

Blade: You cannot go wrong if you find blade with this structure: limba+limba+ayous+limba+limba. I started with that structure purely by luck. I had no clue what I was getting. It was pre-made Donic racket (more than for $40). Only later I learned that this magic wood combination is used by all big brands - Stiga, Bty and etc. Funny thing that these blades use simple, easily available wood but priced like a gold. So price is set for brand not for super secret wood! Meaning you can find it for your budget. Chinese make perfect clones using same material for the fraction of the cost. For example: Yinhe (Galaxy) brand.

Based on my personal experience, I would not recommend putting "fancy" wood as top ply, for example - wenge, rosewood, ayous, koto, ebony, anegre. Most of them play perfectly but could be tricky for beginner. RE: ayous, it is soft wood, pairing it with soft rubbers will be crazy choice. Limba is optimal - not too stiff, not too soft.

For example: 

Most important factor for racket which will have great effect on the game is WEIGHT. Do not underestimate weight :)

In general, anything outside this range is not usable: 180g - 196g. 

So 185-188g for beginner is good.





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Originally posted by fmarek fmarek wrote:

To spend $40 for 2x euro rubbers + blade sounds like mission impossible to me. But Chinese makers to the rescue!

With some luck you may get decent used ALL/ALL+ blade and put new Palio CJ8000 rubbers (go for hardest version, which will still end up being very soft) Palio rubbers are cheap Chinese clones of Euro rubbers. Here, by "cheap" I only mean price, the quality is pretty good for $10 product.

Examples: 

Blade: You cannot go wrong if you find blade with this structure: limba+limba+ayous+limba+limba. I started with that structure purely by luck. I had no clue what I was getting. It was pre-made Donic racket (more than for $40). Only later I learned that this magic wood combination is used by all big brands - Stiga, Bty and etc. Funny thing that these blades use simple, easily available wood but priced like a gold. So price is set for brand not for super secret wood! Meaning you can find it for your budget. Chinese make perfect clones using same material for the fraction of the cost. For example: Yinhe (Galaxy) brand.

Based on my personal experience, I would not recommend putting "fancy" wood as top ply, for example - wenge, rosewood, ayous, koto, ebony, anegre. Most of them play perfectly but could be tricky for beginner. RE: ayous, it is soft wood, pairing it with soft rubbers will be crazy choice. Limba is optimal - not too stiff, not too soft.

For example: 

Most important factor for racket which will have great effect on the game is WEIGHT. Do not underestimate weight :)

In general, anything outside this range is not usable: 180g - 196g. 

So 185-188g for beginner is good.






Thanks much for your advice. Very much appreciated!
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I think the best budget blade and rubbers combo is the yinhe 896 with yinhe Mars II at 24 USD at Aliexpress, link below

https://pt.aliexpress.com/item/2026655330.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.11e75b45q8VlZM&algo_pvid=e2c3b950-031a-43e5-97ba-4e4a104d19a3&algo_expid=e2c3b950-031a-43e5-97ba-4e4a104d19a3-0&btsid=06432b8f-f07e-4efa-a717-ca0105123d75&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_52

The blade have decent speed/control and the rubber is at grip side (not tacky) with good spin/speed ratio.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cole_ely Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/08/2019 at 7:27pm
the only issue I have with some of the recommendations is, if you want a light blade for beginners, Mars is pretty heavy and only available in 2.2. Price-wise though you can't argue with that price
W1 St with Illumina 1.9r, defender1.7b

Please let me know if I can be of assistance.
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My feedback : http://www.mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=58844&PN=1#726094
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