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Calzehbhoy

A crush.....
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:00:57 PM »

We all have to kiss a few frogs to find our prince! Mine has been an incredibly winding journey taking me through pretty much every manufacturer out there.... I think I might have finally found my prince...

It all started with a for sale thread from @Jaffa  last year and the gorgeous Atomic he was moving on, had it not been so close to a family holiday I would have taken it off him there and then! The shape reminds me of a modern day GM Purist which is one of the greatest bats ever made!

Fast forward a few months, reading a couple of reviews on here, seeing @Six Sixes Cricket  uk Edition Atomic post as well as talking to @simonmay5  & @Number4 about their Oz made examples I decided that the new Atomic might just be the bat for me.

I set out on a search for a UK made one and was lucky enough (as there wasnt many made in the U.K.) to find one in a Cricket store in Manchester that had one left in stock. A few emails later and a UK made 2lb 8oz was on its way to me. While waiting for delivery @Chad  posted his review which made me slightly nervous that these were a bit of a dud... My wait was short and  the day after his review mine arrived. Swinging the bat around the office it just felt right! Perfect size handle, light effortless pickup and mid middle profile... could this be the one and the end of my endless bat buying...

Apparently not!!......


A week or so later Rob was in touch about a 2lb 11oz UK made he has in stock with dead straight grains and a clean face that is different to the rest of the batch he had... A very short exchange of photos later and my wallet was poorer but my Cricket bag was richer! Rob really is a pleasure to deal with hes always got time to respond to messages and has even helped me out providing pictures of info for kit hed already mentioned he couldnt source.

The bat itself is a bit of a beast!

42mm edges, 23mm toe and GN being a little naughty at 109mm wide.





Surely now I would be content?

Darn you GCCC & your sales!!

The 1200s were down to only 170 each! Which others will confirm for an Ozzie made GN is almost daylight robbery... Sale was live for around 10minutes and my order was placed... 2 x 1200s Ozzie made only or give me a refund.... Awake to an email apologising telling me theyve held their last Ozzie made 1200 and did I want a refund for the difference or for just 200aud more they have a lovely Black Edition & a 1000 at their Albion store.... A couple of emails back and forth about customs and charge avoidance (Thanks Simon) 3 bats were leaving Oz from for a new life in Blighty.

The bats themselves feel completely different to the UK made editions, they are almost a class above what is made here. They have a feel of solid, dependableness about them that isnt the same in the UK editions. I completely get now what others were saying in the What makes these Oz sticks so special thread!!

They are all bang on my liked weight range 1000 Black Edition being 2lb 8.0oz and the 1200 2lb 8.7ozs , the Black Edition has a much more Oval handle to the others and more oval than I would normally use but it sits in the hands perfectly. The pick up, balance & initial tap-up of them just fills me with excitement to get to nets and give them a go.... GN Oz, you make some truly wonderful sticks!!








These of course led to me needing matching softs, to which the reviews of GN Legends on here led to me buying some 2017 gloves from @VKS  and 2017 pads from 3D Sports (If anybody has any 2017 Legend gloves going spare let me know).

In conclusion 5 of the same bat is ludicrous I fully accept that & my like of them is borderline obsessive! Having this many may well bother some people by god Im glad Ive got them! This forum has the power to make people build friendships and empty their wallets around the globe discussing our great game!

Final thoughts on the bats - Are they the modern day purist? Only time will tell but I have a sneaking suspicion they just might be!!

« Last Edit: March 05, 2018, 09:25:07 PM by Calzehbhoy »
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 09:26:40 PM »

Nice write up. You mention the difference with the Oz ones having a solid dependability - could this be down to different handle size or shape, or does it reflect the different pick up, or...?
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 10:07:06 PM »

If you ever need to sell one of the Aus Atomics I'd love to take one off your hands @Calzehbhoy
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 10:25:31 PM »

Lovely right up and your spot on Rob @Six Sixes Cricket is great and easy to deal with. My UK atomic is a fantastic bat and its going to be really tough to decide what bat to use come April at the moment my Atomic is going head to head with a Ghost pro but the feel and size of the Atomic is just amazing 40mm edges mate minimal concaving and at 2.7.
Personally I have stripped the back stickers as think it looks much better without the transformers type stickers but loving your collection mate
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 10:28:54 PM »

These things are like buses...  . Great write up. Not Jealous at all, nope not one bit.  ;)

Do they all have tape under the grip? Is it wrong to think the oval handle bats are SK made?
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2018, 06:41:17 AM »

Nice write up. You mention the difference with the Oz ones having a solid dependability - could this be down to different handle size or shape, or does it reflect the different pick up, or...?

Its hard to put your finger on and describe what the actual difference is. The Oz editions have a bit less concaving than the UKs so I wonder if that potentially has something to do it. They just feel slightly more complete and solid in the hands.
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2018, 06:45:43 AM »

Lovely right up and your spot on Rob @Six Sixes Cricket is great and easy to deal with. My UK atomic is a fantastic bat and its going to be really tough to decide what bat to use come April at the moment my Atomic is going head to head with a Ghost pro but the feel and size of the Atomic is just amazing 40mm edges mate minimal concaving and at 2.7.
Personally I have stripped the back stickers as think it looks much better without the transformers type stickers but loving your collection mate

Its surprising given how they were priced by GN. The 300s here were really something of a bargain at sub 150! They are a similar but slightly different profile to the Oz editions but like you I think they punch above their weight in terms of performance!
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2018, 06:49:40 AM »

These things are like buses...  . Great write up. Not Jealous at all, nope not one bit.  ;)

Do they all have tape under the grip? Is it wrong to think the oval handle bats are SK made?

Yeah all 3 are tape under the handles, the UKs are twins.

I believe the Black may be SK made from a comment by a resident GN connoisseur. If that is then I believe one other is too from what hes told me are the tell tale signs.
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 04:20:55 AM »

Nothing wrong with having 5 Atomics  :D i still have 3x GN50+ .. the recent sale on GCCC is good specially on these aussie made Atomics. I think Atomic is the new favorite among aussie GN bats.
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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2018, 11:53:40 AM »

In the process of getting these oiled and ready for the season and.... who doesn't appreciate a good grain shot...



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Re: A crush.....
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2018, 12:25:09 PM »

Very nice indeed mate enjoy
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