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    gummetal is called 'gomu-metaru' in japanese, which actually means 'rubber-metal'. Just for your lil information. >_>

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    Thanks alot guys. i got it now. I got a at900p ,and i love it. What you guys think my next racket should be ? i like its head heavy like the at900p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhirata View Post
    gummetal is called 'gomu-metaru' in japanese, which actually means 'rubber-metal'. Just for your lil information. >_>
    Is that the Kanji/Romaji of it?
    Last edited by Matt; 11-05-2007 at 11:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph_leung View Post
    This was painstakingly chosen from a bunch on the rack in the Shinjuku store. Your bro looked at all the details: paint, graphics, grommets, finishing, and the cone alignment to find the best one. I think the employees were looking at us a bit because so many rackets were off the rack. When the racket was chosen, the person ringing it through handled it as if it were precious jewelery... bag in a bag, carefully closed and handed over.
    I can tell this was the brighest of the bunch! I can hardly find any paint flaws unlike my other racquets! It's a precious gem that doubles as a weapon of mass destruction!

    wow, I didn't even notice that "Gunmetal" wording difference. "Rubber-metal" aka ELASTICTi like on my other ones I'm assuming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Is that the Kanji/Romaji of it?
    I dont quite understand what you mean but err
    Gum-metal = ゴム ( rubber = elastic ) -メタル (metal [titanium] - from English)
    Bleh Gummetal and Elastic-Ti are the same thing >___>

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhirata View Post
    I dont quite understand what you mean but err
    Gum-metal = ゴム ( rubber = elastic ) -メタル (metal [titanium] - from English)
    Bleh Gummetal and Elastic-Ti are the same thing >___>
    I mean, that is the written Japanese -> English pronunciation? I believe it's called Kanji/Romaji or something.

    Ie. like in those fan subs in a song, where you see the English translation on the bottom and on the top you see the Japanese-English pronunciation. Similar to what you had in your initial response.

    From what I know is that the word GUMMETAL cannot be used outside of Japan. It is something to do with a patent that applies outside if I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I mean, that is the written Japanese -> English pronunciation? I believe it's called Kanji/Romaji or something.

    Ie. like in those fan subs in a song, where you see the English translation on the bottom and on the top you see the Japanese-English pronunciation. Similar to what you had in your initial response.
    Hmm.. in that case, it would be 'gom-metal'. That just doesnt sound right in English, so I guess that they changed it to Gum-metal instead. Oh but hey wait, the JP coded ones are mostly used by Japanese residents, so anything written in English doesnt really matter to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optiblue View Post
    I can tell this was the brighest of the bunch! I can hardly find any paint flaws unlike my other racquets! It's a precious gem that doubles as a weapon of mass destruction!

    wow, I didn't even notice that "Gunmetal" wording difference. "Rubber-metal" aka ELASTICTi like on my other ones I'm assuming
    It's good method to easily detemine a fake NS9K JPs because those are missing the word.

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    Whoa! nice one!

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    Gun metal would be better , lol.

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    Concerning the word "GUNMETAL". As far as I know the word has a Copyright print, which meants it is protected worldwide and could be used also outside Japan. Therefore i do not know why it isn't print on non-japan-coded rackets.
    :-(. Maybe to underline the privelegs to own a "genuine" Japan racket that has been bought in JAPAN.

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    True, there is a copyright however, there is a patent outside of Japan which is essentially the same thing, therefore it cannot be used.
    Last edited by Matt; 11-07-2007 at 10:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhirata View Post
    I dont quite understand what you mean but err
    Gum-metal = ゴム ( rubber = elastic ) -メタル (metal [titanium] - from English)
    Bleh Gummetal and Elastic-Ti are the same thing >___>
    Great to hear that then!
    Elastic-Ti=Gummetal!Probably JP uses the word Gummetal just because the pronounciation is similar to the japanese,so that the japanese knows what it means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Most likely it's been done on the crank machine. From what I have seen, badminton rackets are not done on the electronics unless it was requested. It's faster to be done on the crank anyways.
    Gary did this one himself with the electronic Prince machine.



    As for Optiblue's AT900P from Japan, as ph_leung mentioned, we picked it out at the Windsor Racket shop in Shinjuku as seen here:








    We also checked out Wembley's in Ikebukuro here:






    And we also visited the Windsor Racket store in Ikebukuro as well:



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    woah~ talk about selection! I think it would take me a few hours before coming out of of any of those stores!

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    hmmmm..delicious!What a stock of rackets!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2-YOTA View Post
    Gary did this one himself with the electronic Prince machine.
    Nice high quality pictures!!

    It probably was not a busy day when Gary did it on the electronics. If you come on weekends when it's like busy, most/all badminton rackets are on the crank and all tennis rackets are on the electronics.

    I am not quite fond of electronic machines so I'll stick with the Prince Neo 1000 (crank).

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