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Tim Keeley superior
Salix ajk custom made from sponsored grade finite willow.
GN legend
Newbery legacy
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I'm not going to suggest another brand such as H4L or BB, brilliant though they are, since that's not what you've asked for.
The four you've given are all fine podshavers - you won't go wrong whoever you pick.

Given that fact, and if you're throwing around that kind of money, have a chat to each of them about your requirements.
Then pick one of them based on their response to your questions.
However, if you want to go and see it being made, you may want to choose one based on location.
Or, if you're after a particular quality of willow, such as a rare low density cleft, there may only be one of them who might have that kind in stock anyway.
Whoever you choose, keep us posted. With photos!


Yes, last time I had to wait a month or two for salix to get a low density cleft in. My choice was not based on anything except who I trusted the most in to make me the best bat. Location never came to mind. As for laver and wood signature, I have never had this, but i think generally they press their bats hard (on purpose, to minimise returns and the claim that the coefficient of restitution is  more, ie it bounces more of the bat and the ball goes further on their bats... but I don't like this feel so unless I agree to void the warrantee or i have to reject this. Also I think i can get two salix finites for the same price or maybe even 3 depends what salix say. Plus I like salix and i think they are brilliant company and generally i like them. However, I still remain objective as far as possible.  I had a uzi test bat, and although it was excellent, and brilliantly shaped etc.  I felt the salix finites I had in the past were better sounding of the bat. Simple as that, I had another custom made tim keeley bat, and again, it had excellent attention to detail and made brilliantly, but it didn't ping as good as the salix all over. I still have pics of these bats. Some bats are sold now.
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I think you should go for the keeley ;-)

thanks, Any reason why?
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Get a Kranzbuhler.

thanks, any reason why? i have seen some gn legend gold etc.. video reviews on youtube and they look good, but what else can you say.
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Buy a top of the range BB and spend the rest on coaching.

Thanks, might do this as well.
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Salix are my favourite. They are pricey but the ones ive had have been ace.

thanks, which ones have you had? when did you pay them and how much did you pay for them?
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If you are buying a legend you can definitely visit robertsbridge.

Maybe next time. I just want the best bat, i think gn can make me it. But i think can get two salix for that. or even 3. My salix ajk wood wise is same as legend (engraved one).
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Laver & Wood Signature; if willing to look outside the given options and since money is not an issue

thanks, maybe one day, when i get someone else to pay for it.
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Honestly ... Salix.
The most exclusive brand of the lot.

might get two of these. love the new styles.
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Salix from those choices espically as you can visit which you cant with the others

thanks salix are in kent, im in Manchester so a bit of a journey. So i won't be going as i can just tell them via email and true them for the willow. i can buy blind thats how good their service was last time. thanks
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Could also ask BB for help with a custom or visit Aldred (?) to take care of the remaining options on the list

was seriously thinking this. but since i have a keeeley superior and that is brilliant, i would one get a bb pure edition, custom made. and that im sure will be brilliant.
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thanks, Any reason why?

Yes because it is my keeley you were keen on buying  :D
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So does this mean same person makes both Newberry and Aldred bats?

Aldred makes the legacy (top end) bats for Newbery.
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Yes because it is my keeley you were keen on buying  :D

Thats one fine bat you got. Well done!
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Thanks yes it is
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 for laver and wood signature, I have never had this, but i think generally they press their bats hard (on purpose, to minimise returns and the claim that the coefficient of restitution is  more, ie it bounces more of the bat and the ball goes further on their bats... but I don't like this feel so unless I agree to void the warrantee or i have to reject this. .

Saw on their fb that they have a new press now, and something like they do different more modern performance press now
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