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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #60 on: April 30, 2019, 09:23:06 AM »

Now that is a lovely shape

And comes in at less than 2lb 7!
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #61 on: April 30, 2019, 10:32:59 AM »

Good work
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #62 on: April 30, 2019, 11:43:36 AM »

I'm sure these take a lot of time but seeing the pictures makes me very tempted to try a reno on an ebay dog. Very satisfying seeing an old bat revived.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #63 on: April 30, 2019, 03:22:13 PM »

I like the colour of the stickers too - not enough pale blue around IMHO
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #64 on: April 30, 2019, 07:48:07 PM »

excellent refurb and excellent use of Duplo as a bat holder!!!
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #65 on: May 01, 2019, 08:21:32 AM »

@LukeFramBurton - how old is the Catalyst? when was this model around?
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #66 on: May 01, 2019, 08:57:59 AM »

@LukeFramBurton - how old is the Catalyst? when was this model around?

I have one of Alex Gidmans sponsored bats. GM said it was a Catalyst shape from 2009.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #67 on: May 01, 2019, 09:08:50 AM »

I'm sure these take a lot of time but seeing the pictures makes me very tempted to try a reno on an ebay dog. Very satisfying seeing an old bat revived.

Actually they don't take that long to do. Most of the time is waiting for the glue to set (more exciting than `waiting for paint to dry' as you are never quite sure how well it will turn out. But nearly always the end result is far better than you might have expected from the starting condition). The actual sanding and glueing don't take long - a few mins really, but careful clamping is important (when I don't clamp carefully I have occaionally made marks on the timber from the vice jaws or the clamp). Takes longer I guess if you get involved with drilling dowells in to mend large breakages, or replacing handles, but I don't get involved in that...
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #68 on: May 01, 2019, 11:48:32 AM »

In At best moderately handy, but returning and repairing bats is one of the more therapeutic things ive Ever found to do. The level of satisfaction after words is tremendous.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #69 on: May 01, 2019, 01:31:33 PM »

@LukeFramBurton - how old is the Catalyst? when was this model around?

Im not actually sure - so @Kulli will be much more on the money than me.

I'm sure these take a lot of time but seeing the pictures makes me very tempted to try a reno on an ebay dog. Very satisfying seeing an old bat revived.
A simple refurb can be done in 15/20 minutes - maybe even less - if youve got everything to hand. This one challenged me a bit as I didnt want to remove the stickers - masking them all off before sanding was probably the most time consuming part. One that I finished last week, that needed a couple of goes at filling did feel quite time consuming though.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #70 on: May 01, 2019, 02:30:34 PM »

@LukeFramBurton - how old is the Catalyst? when was this model around?
Catalyst and Purist were at the same time, around 12 years ago and I think SA captain Smith used to play with Purist
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #71 on: May 01, 2019, 03:01:46 PM »

@LukeFramBurton - how old is the Catalyst? when was this model around?

2008 ish, Vaughans last model i believe same era as the purist 2

@Edward Lowy could you confirm?
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #72 on: May 01, 2019, 03:14:13 PM »

2008 ish, Vaughans last model i believe same era as the purist 2

@Edward Lowy could you confirm?

Catalyst first shipped in December 2006 and stopped around September 2009

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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #73 on: May 12, 2019, 08:44:31 AM »

I have an Aldred Gold Sovereign which I quite like, so when I saw this come up on eBay cheap I jumped on it.
It had a bit of toe damage and some cracking on the edges plus heaps of dents and dings which had to be steamed out. I wanted to apply the original stickers but Paul Aldred wasn't prepared to sell me any, so I had to use my spare Symonds Super Tusker stickers.
I suspect that this is one of Paul's early bats because it doesn't have a number in the shoulder, it had sanding swirls in the back of it, different handle and binding, and a super wonky spine.
It's got 34mm edges and a 62mm spine, total weight is 2 8 and it feels about that since the middle is very low on this bat. I've added some medical tape to the handle to so that it's a bit thicker which has helped the pickup, now just waiting for Salix grips to arrive from the UK. I didn't like the round shape on the bottom, so I made a template off the Gold Sovereign and cut it to match.
I've started buffing the back of the bats with cutting compound that you'd use on a car, it actually gets a shine on the willow which is amazing and it doesn't alter the colour of the wood.







So I had initially thought that I'd move this on to a team mate because it didn't really do it for me and the increasing number of comments from my better half about the quantity of cricket bats that are needed for mediocre players.
But I used it today in a net session and it goes like a train, so I suppose I'll keep it. The only problem is I've got two more on the way!
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #74 on: May 12, 2019, 09:21:07 AM »

So I guess you should be keeping the one that goes like plane(aeroplane).
I've used Symomd Tuscone bat and yes that was very impressive bat.
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