What is "SP"?

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  1. Kamen

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    I bought a genuine Amortec 700 yesterday. I am puzzled that the genuine is much longer than my previous fake. Moreover, it has the word SP on the shaft. Is the longer shaft has something to do with the word SP?

    Sorry for my ignorance. Please advise....TIA!
     
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    All genuine AT-700 is long shaft!!! SP on shaft means that it's South Pacific!!! It's only a region code, really doesn't mean anything. Glad that you bought a genuine one~;)
     
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    please do a search, this has been covered before
     
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    Feng_MP-100, thanks mate! :)

    yonexfanatic, tried but no luck.
     
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    well SP is a distrabution code i think... itz been well discussed here at badmintonforums .... the SP stands for the country that the racket was distrubited from.... and SP stands for singapore just so you know.... (if u search for country codes or distrabution codes, you will find a wealth of information about this.)

    *have a nice day*:D
     
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    Didn't try hard enough. Look in the equipment FAQs section of the forum.

    This topic has been covered ad nauseum.
     
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    I always wonder is it a must at this forum that we must strictly adhere to searching for a topic and once we are 100% sure that it has not been covered, then only we are allowed to post.

    At the end of the day, we are all badminton frens.

    I would not mind and will be glad to help by answering with a short simple sentence if i come accross similar post like this.

    100% law enforcement is not a beauty of internet forum. This is just my opinion and i might open a can of worms.....
     
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    we don't enforce it 100%. we let quite a few repeated questions go by, actually, esp the ones who are not very frequent. either we think it is ok to get brought up again, or we just don't remember it.

    this case is different, the "SP" issue has been brought up at least 50 times before. it is the MOST frequently repeated question. every time it appears, 90% of the forum will go, "not again!!" we are not gonna give much leeway on this one.
     
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    Ok, understood.
     
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    The thing is, if you guys actually did perform a search, you'll find that some replies refers SP as Singapore and some as South Pacific. Heck, even in this thread alone, we have Feng_MP-100 saying it's South Pacific whereas hybridragon is saying it's Singapore. If a newbie actually did the search, he/she would have to read through all 50 threads and would still be confused. I hope you guys had that in mind before you say "ya, just do a search".

    Anyways, Kamen, according to the FAQ, it's stands for Singapore:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7724
     
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    just to clarify there are two different occurances of the "SP" on the shaft/cone of a badminton racket.

    • Painted
    • Engraved

    To lay this matter to bed, both above posters are correct.

    The etched one after the serial number indicates where the racket is destined to sell, serial 000000SP => to be sold in the Singaporean market area(s) and only guarenteed in the Singapore defined area.

    The painted SP on on the shaft indicates a wider distribution area of Southern Pacific, these rackets many types of serial etched in them since the SP does not relate to the specific country of origin but a wider geographical area.

    I think this clears up the matter (hopefully).
     
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    But some old people said that SP stands for "Special" as in Carbonex 20 Special. :confused:
     
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    Those "old people" are not correct, please refer to the latest information.
     
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    I bought my racquet from Hong Kong and the serial number ends with SP but there is no SP painted on the shaft, it has another number instead.
     
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    I think SP needs a little clarification. SP appears on the shaft and less frequently also on the cone following the serial number. The SP on the shaft is the parent code for all Yonex racquets manufactured for their authorised distributor, Sunrise, based in Singapore, who is also the authorised distributor of Yonex products in many Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, etc., etc. The SP appearing on the cone means it is to be distributed in Singapore; it also must have the SP on the shaft. If an HK appears on the cone, it also must have an SP on the shaft, otherwise it is a fake, because Hong Kong (hk) is under the parent SP (Sunrise) franchise. Therefore it is not surprising for you to find Yonex racquets with SP on the shaft and different country codes on the cone. The one on the shaft is the parent code and the one on the cone is the code for the son or daughter. You will also find the PBSI endorsement on all Yonex racquets with SP on the shaft. But this is another story. :) :D
     
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    So does having No "SP" on the shaft mean its fake?
     
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    if what taneepak said is true, then for Sunrise distribution countries code, yes.

    this might also explain the CH shaft code then.

    this is enlightening.

    so the shaft "SP" is the distributor code, while the cone code is destination distribution code.

    does that sound right?

    btw, taneepak, where did you get this info from?
     
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    I remember getting this information from the Sunrise boss in Sigapore sometime ago. I again checked further today with Seth & Co., a Sunrise company in Hong Kong distributing Yonex products, and they confirmed it.
     
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    Yes, this is correct.

    For example, we have:
    SP-SP (both shaft and cone are SP)
    SP-HK (Shaft is SP, but the destination on the cone is HK, which is Hong Kong)
    SP-IP (Shaft is SP, but the destination on the cone is IP, which is Indonesia)
     
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    NO SP on Shaft, but SP on cone. but people tell me its not a fake one... maybe if I showed u guys a picture u could tell.

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    SP on Cone

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    SP not on shaft
     

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