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I measured from the topsheet for the 50d reading. I imagine if I remove it from my blade and measure from the sponge it'll be harder. Loki Rxton 1 Plus was slightly harder when measured from the sponge.

I don't the booster (baby oil in this case) will change the hardness by 5 degrees. For comparison, I heavily boosted a Mercury 2 with baby oil. A non-boosted sheet of M2 is 53d (topsheet) and 50d (sponge). My heavily boosted M2 with about 40 hours of playtime came in at 51d (topsheet) and 47.5d (sponge).
Is that Mercury 2 Hard or Medium?
 
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This is Mercury 2 medium. I haven't seen M2 hard on sale on any Aliexpress or any of my local retailers.
Do you have measurements of rubbers that specified their hardnesses either in Shore A or Shore O? Seems like your measurements are all a few degrees higher than nominal Shore O hardnesses. Because I think Mercury 2 medium should be 36~37 Shore A, which is about 45~48 Shore O.
 
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Do you have measurements of rubbers that specified their hardnesses either in Shore A or Shore O? Seems like your measurements are all a few degrees higher than nominal Shore O hardnesses. Because I think Mercury 2 medium should be 36~37 Shore A, which is about 45~48 Shore O.
Mercury 2 is supposed to be 36-38 on Yinhe's scale which should track with Shore A somehwat. At least according to conversion charts I've seen, 37.5 A is 50 O. My new M2 medium is exactly 50d. Here's a chart:

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I have Mercury 2 soft, and that is 47.5d from topsheet and 45d from the sponge. I think we can just ignore the manufacturer ratings. I don't think my durometer is giving off readings a few degrees higher either. I measured Fastarc C-1 and it comes in at 45d on the sponge like it should. Fastarc S-1 came in at 40d, which also tracks with some durometer readings I've seen of it online.
 
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All the blades are new blades I have not tried before. I have liked all three so far. All the rubbers are reboosted and when I said, they are beaten up, they are really beaten up. But they all play great. I have been testing out these blades for the past week. No complaint whatsoever.

Blades are Donic Persson Powerplay (with black DHS FH, red EL-S BH), Gambler Fire Dragon Hinoki (with black DHS FH, red Razka 7 soft BH), and finally Gambler Blackout (with red DHS FH, black Stiga Genesis M BH).
 
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what rubbers are you planning to put on?
The one I hit with and like had Dignics 05 on both sides. But I could do Golde Tango as well on one side. But more likely i will just get the Dignics 05. Or maybe even T05 Hard for forehand and T05 backhand.
 
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Got some bits n bobs today. Codexx EF54, Nexxus Superselect 45, Hybrid K1 Euro. Tried the K1E first and was immediately disappointed, it felt mushy and vague, need more time with this one- it might go better on the backhand. Out of the pack the Nexxus hit me with that sharply sweet booster smell which gave me a good idea of how it'd play, visually it looks extremely similar to Hexer Grip (which also has that booster smell, comes in green, and has a large pored sponge), initial impressions are that it has a stronger bounce and a bit less spin/bite than Hexer Grip. I'm not a fan of strongly factory boosted rubbers like this, I feel like they lose their juice way too fast, but I splurged for the Nexxus because I tried it on a friends bat and it felt pretty decent even though it's been put through the wringer. I was most excited for the Codexx EF54 because I really like the EL52 version, it's just a bit too soft for my needs, and I've been trying out the Golden Tango but the topsheet is not as sticky and the sponge is a bit too hard and unforgiving as I'm only playing 1-2 times a week at the moment. The Codexx EF and Golden Tango are basically visually identical, and I'll need some more testing to see if they're actually any different- out of the pack the EF seems to have a slightly stickier softer topsheet as my topspin seemed to have a bit more arc, but this could just be since the EF is new and the GT is almost 2 months old.
 
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Got some bits n bobs today. Codexx EF54, Nexxus Superselect 45, Hybrid K1 Euro. Tried the K1E first and was immediately disappointed, it felt mushy and vague, need more time with this one- it might go better on the backhand. Out of the pack the Nexxus hit me with that sharply sweet booster smell which gave me a good idea of how it'd play, visually it looks extremely similar to Hexer Grip (which also has that booster smell, comes in green, and has a large pored sponge), initial impressions are that it has a stronger bounce and a bit less spin/bite than Hexer Grip. I'm not a fan of strongly factory boosted rubbers like this, I feel like they lose their juice way too fast, but I splurged for the Nexxus because I tried it on a friends bat and it felt pretty decent even though it's been put through the wringer. I was most excited for the Codexx EF54 because I really like the EL52 version, it's just a bit too soft for my needs, and I've been trying out the Golden Tango but the topsheet is not as sticky and the sponge is a bit too hard and unforgiving as I'm only playing 1-2 times a week at the moment. The Codexx EF and Golden Tango are basically visually identical, and I'll need some more testing to see if they're actually any different- out of the pack the EF seems to have a slightly stickier softer topsheet as my topspin seemed to have a bit more arc, but this could just be since the EF is new and the GT is almost 2 months old.
I have a red K1 Euro on the forehand side of a Tibhar Samsonov Pro Black. It is not bad. I have not played with that blade too much lately. But I can see what you mean by mushy and vauge.

I have officially ditched Tibhar Stratus Power Wood and switched to a composite blade. Forehand back to H3 neo. Backhand, on that blade, happens to be Rakza 7 soft. I like it actually. I thought Rakza 7 soft would be too "soft" but it fits the composite blade and my backhand very well right now.
 
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I have a red K1 Euro on the forehand side of a Tibhar Samsonov Pro Black. It is not bad. I have not played with that blade too much lately. But I can see what you mean by mushy and vauge.

I have officially ditched Tibhar Stratus Power Wood and switched to a composite blade. Forehand back to H3 neo. Backhand, on that blade, happens to be Rakza 7 soft. I like it actually. I thought Rakza 7 soft would be too "soft" but it fits the composite blade and my backhand very well right now.
I don't think I will switch from SPW any time soon, I just exclusively use ST handles and I feel like finding good ST handles that my hands truly agree with is fairly difficult. I recently nabbed a Primo Carbon and a Goiabao5, both have nicely shaped handles, but as in a Goldilocks situation the PC is a bit too chunky and the G5 is too slim. The SPW just has the best ST handle for me out of all the blades I've tried, and that's why I decided to own multiple of them, I think it will be hard to replace for me
 
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I don't think I will switch from SPW any time soon, I just exclusively use ST handles and I feel like finding good ST handles that my hands truly agree with is fairly difficult. I recently nabbed a Primo Carbon and a Goiabao5, both have nicely shaped handles, but as in a Goldilocks situation the PC is a bit too chunky and the G5 is too slim. The SPW just has the best ST handle for me out of all the blades I've tried, and that's why I decided to own multiple of them, I think it will be hard to replace for me
I still like SPW. I own 8 of them after all. I use flare so not sure about how the straight handle feels.

I really do think that you can add a faster or slower rubber on SPW and it will do anything for you. Honestly I have one SPW with tenergy 05fx on the FH and 64 fx on the BH. The set-up is still too fast for me. I have resisted any temptation to rip those rubbers off. It is a reminder for me to get better and eventually I can tame the beast that is called Tenergy. But even then, sorry, due to cost, I will still play with other rubber! lol! :)
 
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Don't give up on this too quickly, it will take some time to tame.
indeed it always does.
I had my first few shots today on my new little hammer. It rates 1600Hz, very similar
to a Viscaria. I glued Rxton5 on both sides but can not actually feel much of a difference. The setup gives a very satisfying high PING sound whenever i hit the ball
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Don't give up on this too quickly, it will take some time to tame.
I just had a 1 hr hit, this is like the most amazing setup ever. It's even faster and penetrating compared to my 09c days. Sooo much easier to loop underspin too and the ball stays on the racket forever! Just loving it so much now.

Some of the ppl at the club said that it's like a 30% increase in speed/spin compared to my Hurricane days...
 
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I just had a 1 hr hit, this is like the most amazing setup ever. It's even faster and penetrating compared to my 09c days. Sooo much easier to loop underspin too and the ball stays on the racket forever! Just loving it so much now.
I had played with a Viscaria for like a best of seven games where I borrowed it from a friend. This was like half a year ago. Until today that amazing feeling is still etched into my memory.

That blade was using Donic Bluefire M1 for FH but I have forgotten what was the BH rubber.

That is why I had said before, many people diss Butterfly for being too expensive, that is, until one actually tries it.
 
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I just had a 1 hr hit, this is like the most amazing setup ever. It's even faster and penetrating compared to my 09c days. Sooo much easier to loop underspin too and the ball stays on the racket forever! Just loving it so much now.

Some of the ppl at the club said that it's like a 30% increase in speed/spin compared to my Hurricane days...
Viscaria is an amazing blade - I have two (one is 2011) but have semi retired them for inner blades as they were just a touch too hard for me to control in matches.

I hope to get back to them in the future!
 
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