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Equipment => Bats => Topic started by: cesare_in on February 11, 2018, 03:13:54 PM

Title: What to buy?
Post by: cesare_in on February 11, 2018, 03:13:54 PM
Honestly tired of owning 5-6 bats now. They have all turned out to be average performers  :(

All of them have fairly small sweetspots. I have heard so much about fairly big (& forgiving) middles that I envy you folks.

Feel like selling all of these and buy one that I would really enjoy using.

Budget: ~200 GBP
Weight: 2.10 - 2.11
Edge: don't care
# of Grains: don't care
Concaving: don't care

Just need 1 that performs.. and I understand what performance means. Had one before these, which was magnificent alas broke.

Suggestions? Should I buy one that would weigh more, to gain on performance?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on February 11, 2018, 03:17:48 PM
Buy a custom from @Neon Cricket and you'll get a decent stick
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: jamesisapayne on February 11, 2018, 03:21:45 PM
Blank Bats every day for me - really well priced, classy stickers, shaped and pressed by the best in the business.

Red Ink are top notch too and Johnwill probably be able to make almost anything you want within your budget. A proper custom experience for 200 - not many places offering that sort of value.

Have also seen some of Adam at Neon's bats at a net last year and they were great too - big bats with lovely shapes.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: InternalTraining on February 11, 2018, 03:53:29 PM
Honestly tired of owning 5-6 bats now. They have all turned out to be average performers  :(

All of them have fairly small sweetspots. I have heard so much about fairly big (& forgiving) middles that I envy you folks.

Feel like selling all of these and buy one that I would really enjoy using.

Budget: ~200 GBP
Weight: 2.10 - 2.11
Edge: don't care
# of Grains: don't care
Concaving: don't care

Just need 1 that performs.. and I understand what performance means. Had one before these, which was magnificent alas broke.

Suggestions? Should I buy one that would weigh more, to gain on performance?

@cesare_in, this a great question and I wish I had had asked that before I bought so many bats and wasted so much money.

The lesson that I learned is that instead of buying so many average bats, you save your money and buy top of the line bats made by the master bat maker(s). If I were giving my younger self advice, I'd tell him to save up and buy bats made by Stuart Kranzbuhler of GN-AUS. I have a few of his bats (2-10 and up) they are all trampolines! I have net with a XXX-11 at 2-8 weight and it had an unbelievable ping! Talk to Bob Mueleman at Mueleman's cricket in Australia and he will set you in the right direction. See if you can land an XP-80 2000 from him. You will find a lot of great options in 2-10/2-11 weight range.

Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Gurujames on February 11, 2018, 03:54:49 PM
Red Ink or Jedi for me. H4L aren't too shabby either
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: JK Lewis on February 11, 2018, 03:58:41 PM
With the fantastic discount offer to forum members, a Kippax is suddenly very close to your budget. Test match players are happy with them, might be exactly what you're looking for.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Northern monkey on February 11, 2018, 03:59:10 PM
Best Iíve seen for a while is the Aussie gn,s,,, the sk made ones
Ridiculous performance for the size and weight
Nothing Iíve seen comes close, pay whatever they cost, thereís no way you will be disappointed
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: cesare_in on February 11, 2018, 04:05:13 PM
@cesare_in, this a great question and I wish I had had asked that before I bought so many bats and wasted so much money.

The lesson that I learned is that instead of buying so many average bats, you save your money and buy top of the line bats made by the master bat maker(s). If I were giving my younger self advice, I'd tell him to save up and buy bats made by Stuart Kranzbuhler of GN-AUS. I have a few of his bats (2-10 and up) they are all trampolines! I have net with a XXX-11 at 2-8 weight and it had an unbelievable ping! Talk to Bob Mueleman at Mueleman's cricket in Australia and he will set you in the right direction. See if you can land an XP-80 2000 from him. You will find a lot of great options in 2-10/2-11 weight range.

Thank you @InternalTraining! How do I go about contacting GN-Aus?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: cesare_in on February 11, 2018, 04:06:15 PM
With the fantastic discount offer to forum members, a Kippax is suddenly very close to your budget. Test match players are happy with them, might be exactly what you're looking for.

Considering this as well.. but not many reviews here on the forum..
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Umi on February 11, 2018, 04:15:26 PM
I agree with @InternalTraining SK made bats are possibly the safest option, unbelievable pick up and performance right away
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Gurujames on February 11, 2018, 04:19:39 PM
What bats have you tried so far?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: JK Lewis on February 11, 2018, 04:20:14 PM
I agree with @InternalTraining SK made bats are possibly the safest option, unbelievable pick up and performance right away

But unlikely on a £200 budget I think?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: InternalTraining on February 11, 2018, 04:21:29 PM
Thank you @InternalTraining! How do I go about contacting GN-Aus?

Thru Mueleman. Great service if you are overseas. Ask for Bob. As I stated earlier, you'd have to save up for a Stuart Kranzbuhler bat, they are not cheap. :)

South Perth Store
134 Canning Hwy, South Perth WA 6151

(08) 9367 6216 / (08) 9367 4545

Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: LEACHY48 on February 11, 2018, 04:25:59 PM
For me I'd say there are three or four main options and I'll list the pros and cons of each in my eyes.

Tim Keeley made bats - there are several brands that exist and if you'd like a list of a few then PM me. Pro's: world renowned bat maker, bats all pressed really well and all have good forgiving middles. Cons: flat gave means the shoulders crack for fun and most have skinny handles.

Stuart Kranzbhuler made bats : any GN aus made bats. Pros: heard nothing but positive reviews, all big and most are light, a world renowned brand that a plethora of pros use, they can't all be wrong. Cons: so bloody expensive!!!

Hunts County made bats - pros: down to earth brand that produce consistent sticks. Price is usually really good. Cons, your less likely to get a. Super low density, stunningly grainy cleft due to a slightly lower volume of wood passing through their hands compared to the other two.

Chase cricket - fantastic brand, control every part of the process including growing and felling of trees great value for money, forgiving profiles and a great price. Cons: most have Mid-low middles and so if you want anything higher there is a 30 pound charge for a bespoke. Option, however you can go to the factory and have it made in front of you with your choice of cleft. Worth it IMO.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Chalkie on February 11, 2018, 04:28:57 PM
@cesare_in, this a great question and I wish I had had asked that before I bought so many bats and wasted so much money.

The lesson that I learned is that instead of buying so many average bats, you save your money and buy top of the line bats made by the master bat maker(s). If I were giving my younger self advice, I'd tell him to save up and buy bats made by Stuart Kranzbuhler of GN-AUS. I have a few of his bats (2-10 and up) they are all trampolines! I have net with a XXX-11 at 2-8 weight and it had an unbelievable ping! Talk to Bob Mueleman at Mueleman's cricket in Australia and he will set you in the right direction. See if you can land an XP-80 2000 from him. You will find a lot of great options in 2-10/2-11 weight range.

No need to contact Bob in Australia, I have a very nice unused XP80 2000 in the sale section, it is above the OPs stated budget, but at a price much lower than it would cost to buy and import your own to the U.K.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on February 11, 2018, 04:31:43 PM
Are you sure that it's an SK made one, Chalkie?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Mel Jessop on February 11, 2018, 04:50:54 PM
I have a G2 Hellfire from H4L around 2.10, bought last winter, not used last season but for a few nets (injured all season), has a two very small cracks one on face one on edge, both are very minor and had a little glue/clean up and edge/scuff applied, £175 PayPal fees paid by you if it's of interest.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: richyreed on February 11, 2018, 05:23:42 PM
No need to contact Bob in Australia, I have a very nice unused XP80 2000 in the sale section, it is above the OPs stated budget, but at a price much lower than it would cost to buy and import your own to the U.K.

I can't find the for sale section, is it only open to certain members?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Mel Jessop on February 11, 2018, 05:35:43 PM
You need 200 posts I think.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Yorkershire on February 11, 2018, 06:05:09 PM
Tricky one... I think for myself JEDi are best value for money bats and being local...

I don't want a million bats so just have 2 for the coming season, a JEDI custom (used for a season and looking forward to seeing how it goes this season) and an AM Monarch.

However saying that I'd love to use single bat for at least a season from:
- GM
- GN
- BAS

...but as my bats are in good nick I cant justify buying a new one... hit the big 40 last year so not sure how long  I will continue to play... will I get my chance or will I not... just one of them things
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: Chalkie on February 11, 2018, 06:05:31 PM
Are you sure that it's an SK made one, Chalkie?

Thatís not something I can guarantee. It is the top grade of XP80 though and a lovely piece of willow.
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: InternalTraining on February 11, 2018, 06:43:35 PM
Are you sure that it's an SK made one, Chalkie?

Mine is!

Bought straight from Bob Mueleman of Mueleman Cricket in Perth Australia and it was handpicked by Bob!
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: jamesisapayne on February 11, 2018, 07:20:10 PM
Not trying to stir the hornets nest here, but are people seriously suggesting getting a SK custom made bat for a budget of £200?
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: InternalTraining on February 11, 2018, 07:23:09 PM
Not trying to stir the hornets nest here, but are people seriously suggesting getting a SK custom made bat for a budget of £200?

No. Did you read my whole post? :)
Title: Re: What to buy?
Post by: FattusCattus on February 11, 2018, 07:37:48 PM
Probably not - theyíre very silly.