06-29-2012, 01:11 AM #86
06-29-2012, 01:21 AM #87
aside from the crispness. i am also suspecting that the quality of the feather is worse than before.
the older high quality ones usually just fray over time and slows down by a lot. while the rib of the feather remain intact. that's kinda the signature of the Aeroplane Black.
however, a quick visual comparison i noticed that newer ones the feather tends to break apart completely, or break apart halfway. which is rather uncharacteristics of Aeroplane Black.
since i have both types in the same speed, i will attempt to use them in games next week to see if i can see a pattern.
there will also be close inspection of the feather although that is usually hard to do.
so far not looking very bright for the new batch.
06-29-2012, 09:55 AM #88
07-01-2012, 01:05 PM #89
Oh my, this could explain why my Aeroplane blacks suck recently! The only reason why I was willing to buy them was because I thought they would last long! I go through a few birds every game now. I havent used any other brand other than Aeroplane black for many years, but recently bought a tube of zelm as its way cheaper and lasts about as long as the new aero blacks. Why pay premium price when it's going to deform just as fast!
Last edited by Optiblue; 07-01-2012 at 01:19 PM.
07-03-2012, 08:10 AM #90
I have recently bought aeroplane black shuttles in Australia. I have noticed that the feathers break out easily and sometimes it's hard to use them for one game. I compared them with a batch of Aeroplane green shuttles i had and found actually those were better and durable than the black one i received.
I was playing with Aeroplane green shuttles for a while and moved to black ones co'z i've seen many ppl saying they are durable than the green ones. Heavily dissapointed.
I've cut and check the cork and it is natural so no problem with that.
07-03-2012, 12:41 PM #91
07-03-2012, 02:11 PM #92
07-03-2012, 02:41 PM #93
Just for fun i cut one of the LN A300+ from last practise.. seems to be a two piece construction? but it seems to be pure cork anyway :-).. And they dont deform.
07-03-2012, 04:04 PM #94
I just bought some fresh-manufactured aeroplanes black that, according the the importer, just arrived freshly made from the Aeorplane factory, and I cut them in half after playin' a bit with them.
Let me try to upload the pic:
this looks like semi-synthetic.
Let me ask the importer for comments
07-03-2012, 05:54 PM #95
I was talking to others about this thread and some were very disappointed and couldn't believe that a company that was known for quality has decided that the bottom line was more important. I think we could all agree that we would have been less let down had these actually been fakes or if there was at least an announcement so we can consider our options. Finding the fact after user led investigations makes us all feel a little cheated. Being the only company with the 3rd cork SURFACE layer almost seems like a scam because definately hides the changes. At least the other companies with 2 layer synthetic you can clearly see it! We've played badminton for 15 years and not once have any of us thought about cutting the shuttles in half to analyze. I'm glad to have this community around because although I felt something was wrong with my new batch, I probably wouldn't have figured it out
Last edited by Optiblue; 07-03-2012 at 06:06 PM.
07-03-2012, 07:23 PM #96
07-03-2012, 09:47 PM #97
i think my school club got ~100 tubes of aeroplane blacks from shuttlecock101...kinda doubt its the good batch.
but we're almost done with em
07-03-2012, 10:05 PM #98
07-03-2012, 10:14 PM #99
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07-03-2012, 11:13 PM #100
07-05-2012, 10:08 AM #101
My coach mentioned that he could get Yonex AS50s for $24/tube on a bulk buy from Taiwan. Is that a good price?
I'm wondering if I should take up his offer. Cuz I'm currently paying those prices trying out different shuttles anyways. I was hoping to find something suitable and maybe pay around $15-20 per tube on a bulk buy. It's nice to play with A+++ shuttles once in a while (even if I'm not that good)
07-05-2012, 11:16 AM #102
not sure if this idea was covered and if it was, sorry for the repost, but is there anyway we can recycled the cork? i see a lot of people reuse used birdies for practice/warmup purposes, but i also see a lot of people just toss the birdies to the trash after they are done. if there's a way to recycled or reuse natural cork maybe it will help with the shortage, and better for the environment?
on a more negative note, the price of the shuttles might still be higher if there is a cork recycling system. the reason for this hypothesis is that i see paper being more expensive when it's recycled paper, the higher the % of paper being made from recycled material, the higher the price. what do you guys think???
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