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Author Topic: GM bat grading, 303, 404, 606, 707, 808 etc - where do the players bats sit?  (Read 1655 times)

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Thinking of buying a new GM diamond and wanted to know where in the range the player's/best bang for the buck, bats sit?
In other words, not interested at this point in the presidential hair/26 straight grains of mid life crisis sexiness, just where in the range offers the best performance? Ping? Handle? Obviously I would like to get the best performing bat at the cheapest price, so where in the range is worth starting for performance? Asking your venerable knowledge as may end up buying unseen on the net.
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Are you able to get to a shop? If you are great. Choose your own.
If not pick a supplier you trust and speak to them and get them to recommend based on your budget. I would expect them to guide you not necessarily to the most expensive ine, but to the best performing one.
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Players edition sit at the top, with a top price to match. Best bang for your buck in my opinion is the signature. If your looking to spend aroundcthe 200+ Mark then 808 / 909 come in to play and you can get some lovely bats

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Players Editions top all of that and I believe there is a "Players" grade for a few select retailers which is around a Signature level, maybe a touch higher but around that (eg https://www.cricket-hockey.com/gm-noir-players-cricket-bat-2019).

Handles and pressing is apparently the same across all bats but there is a bit of conflicting info on that. At the end of the day having had a ton of GM's I don't think the grade does affect the handle or pressing.

The Signature is great value and the "in" thing here on the forum. Check out the ones @Six Sixes Cricket had for example.

If you want something slightly sexier then the very best balance of everything is probably an 808 with a lot of heartwood as GM will never grade it higher based on the heartwood alone and you can get some really good performers. Again, check out these gems @Six Sixes Cricket had in: https://www.instagram.com/p/Btx4_Awhz7e/


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Handles are the same quality.

Just to clear up the pressing confusion:

All adult bats are pressed the same, on two machines.

Junior/Harrow bats are all pressed the same, on two machines.

The difference between the adults/juniors, is in the number of passes that the adult and junior bats go through each press

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Handles are the same quality.

Just to clear up the pressing confusion:

All adult bats are pressed the same, on two machines.

Junior/Harrow bats are all pressed the same, on two machines.

The difference between the adults/juniors, is in the number of passes that the adult and junior bats go through each press

i have always wondered about their handles, the liste them as being different in catalogues.
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i have always wondered about their handles, the liste them as being different in catalogues.

I thought that too but on the tour there was a room full of handles and there didn't appear to be any separation of quality. We were also told handles are the same.
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i have always wondered about their handles, the liste them as being different in catalogues.
They do but All adults are exactly the same

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so without opening a can of worms...

if handles are the same and pressing is the same.....

Is the only difference 'grade' of willow  ie appearance?

I appreciate that a beautiful bat can be a plank and vice versa but it does suggest that you might be better off rolling the dice on some english willow 404/606 and buying another if its naff rather than buying a 808/909 for hundreds and running the same risk.  No?
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so without opening a can of worms...

if handles are the same and pressing is the same.....

Is the only difference 'grade' of willow  ie appearance?

I appreciate that a beautiful bat can be a plank and vice versa but it does suggest that you might be better off rolling the dice on some english willow 404/606 and buying another if its naff rather than buying a 808/909 for hundreds and running the same risk.  No?

That has always been the case, and is with every supplier.
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Mr Lowry, GM main man, said that they grade on assessment of performance - later adding that this takes into account appearance.

I shall try not to post on this thread again.
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Wasn't it the case with the pressing that 808 clefts upwards are processed separately? How different the pressing then may be, I don't know.
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Wasn't it the case with the pressing that 808 clefts upwards are processed separately? How different the pressing then may be, I don't know.

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My Diamond 909 is awesome, for what it is worth. I think the 808 is the sweetspot though!

Failing that, just get a Signature. Bargain bats, really well-priced in today's market!
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My Diamond 909 is awesome, for what it is worth. I think the 808 is the sweetspot though!

Failing that, just get a Signature. Bargain bats, really well-priced in today's market!

Yup the 808 is where its at! Love my Noir 808! However, I can see myself in future using a 808/909 match bat with matching 606/Signature as net bat and back up... but that will be next season :) Once I decide on what shape I want to settle on... ( or if I really get down to just 2 bats... dare I say it I may go for an OLE....)
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