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A tale of two Masters
« on: May 14, 2016, 06:14:08 PM »

Evening all. Following on from my pro bat thread (http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=38844.0) I thought Id do a proper review on the two SS Masters I received.



First up the lighter of the two, and the one still in the state it arrived. The stickers are rather busy, to say the least

https://youtu.be/L41rWrlOKg8

This definitely isnt a looker, with all of 5 grains and a fairly blemished face. There is also a darker mark on the right handers inside edge.
This bat weighs 2lb9 and 1/4 in its current state (all stickers left on, factory fitted ripple grip and a badly applied toe guard!)

Peak edge: 38mm
Edge at shoulder: 15mm
Edge at toe: 20mm
Thickest point of toe: 23mm

The pickup on this in an interesting one. For such a light bat it feels surprisingly heavy! Because the weight is low down in the profile it has a bit of a bottom heavy feel, but this isnt a bad thing for a bat weighing just over 2lb9.

The response out of the packet seems to be rather good. The bottom 40mm of the bat is dead (but who honestly expects the toe to ping) with the mallet coming off nicely up to about 280mm from the toe, or just below the master sticker. By my calculations thats about a 240mm sweet spot. This doesnt make it one of those legendary bats where the whole blade pings, but the ping is enough to make it feel like a punchy bat. If I had to try and market the shape Id probably say something along the lines of perfect for slow English pitches or playing on the drive.

My only real issue with the bat would be the poor finish. But for the price I hardly feel it would be fair to complain about something so trivial.













Next up the real pleasant surprise I received in the box.

https://youtu.be/Rm1_g69RpmQ

It isnt the best looker in the world, but its hardly a munter (and is a super model compared to the other one!)

This bat boasts 12 or 13 grains depending where you count (one is on the edge and disappears about halfway up) and a lovely strip of heartwood on the right handers inside edge. This one is a bit heavier at 2lb11 & 5/8, with the back and edge stickers removed, with a white ripple grip and half a scale grip applied. There is also a bluey mark on the back and one of the edges, which I believe is down to iron in the soil.

Peak edge: 42mm
Spine height: 66mm
Edge at shoulder: 12mm
Edge at toe: 21mm
Thickest point of toe: 26mm

The pickup on this bat is quite good. You know youve got a fairly heavy bit of willow in your hand, but it doesnt feel bottom heavy to the same extent the other one. Its towards the top end of the weights I normally use, but it feels usable. Once Ive applied a scuff sheet I expect it to be around 2lb12 dead.

The response out the packet feels reasonable, if not remarkable. The dead spot on the toe seems to be longer on this bat, with the mallet not starting to respond until 55mm up the blade. The sweet spot does extend to 290 mm up the blade, or to the base of the Master sticker. The middle is slightly higher on this one, Id say more Mid than Mid-Low like the other one, but a good bat for the price. Once Ive knocked it in it will definitely get used as at least a net bat.

My only little moan about this one is again the finishing, but in particular a strip of willow thats missing from the top of the outside edge. This was actually on display when the bat arrived, running parallel to one of the edge stickers. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, and for the price its not really justifiable to complain about.

For the price youll probably struggle to find something equal to this bat, but as the above shows its a total gamble and you could end with a nearly attractive gem or an absolute munter.














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Re: A tale of two Masters
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 09:05:12 PM »

Have they stop stamping the edges?
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Re: A tale of two Masters
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2016, 09:26:16 PM »

Have they stop stamping the edges?

I don't think so.

If you look at the pictures they were both covered in stickers like the top one when they arrived. I removed the edge stickers and some off the back so it looked cleaner (and like a Pro bat...)
It wouldn't make sense to stamp the edges if they're only going to cover them anyway, but these really are bottom end bats so they're probably manufactured a bit different to their "normal range"!
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