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six pack

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Do you guys roll your Gems?
on: June 16, 2017, 07:40:02 AM
I just scored on a ball that was one of my all time favorites from back in the day. I didn't expect to see one in such good shape and wasn't looking for one or it's reaction but bought it anyway. Now the question in my mind comes up,should I even use it in league?
Last Edit: June 16, 2017, 07:41:54 AM by six pack
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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #16 on: June 16, 2017, 10:13:23 PM
A light bulb core in a mild cover should not cost the same as the latest and greatest hook monster with all the marketing hype and R&D.  The problem is the light oil stuff doesn't make money cause every fudge knuckler wants the hook monsters
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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #17 on: June 17, 2017, 06:40:08 AM
Make a product you make $50 per unit or one you make $20 and will sell less units?  It's not a tough business decision.

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #18 on: June 17, 2017, 06:56:58 AM
 
The gem I found was a very nice looking thunderflash

 If it's the one from e-bay, just be glad I didn't decide to bid on it. ;)
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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #19 on: June 17, 2017, 09:38:01 AM
The gem I found was a very nice looking thunderflash

 If it's the one from e-bay, just be glad I didn't decide to bid on it. ;)

Yeah,I did the first bid and wasn't gonna do another. I was surprised to see one so I threw the bid out there not expecting to win it. I guess no body remembers the T flash anymore.
The sad thing is I don't even need it as I'm loving my venus so much for broken down conditions but I'll probably polish up the T and enjoy it.
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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #20 on: June 17, 2017, 01:31:49 PM
It's not hard to make a light oil ball, the problem is people relate hook potential to price and think a light oil ball should cost less, yet it costs the same to make.

Mildly guilty of that as I ended up buying the Lane #1 Stealth Bomber which was a bit cheaper than the Dart which would probably be more useful for me.  Still $180 for a light oil ball only is a heavy lift.  For that price it absolutely has to be able to handle THS as well which short of 360 grit it probably can't (whereas the Bomber with polish can and was like $50 cheaper at the time).  Blue Hammer and my old BVP Rampage polished up do just fine on the dry. Have nothing but good things to say about the PowerKoil 18 coverstock pieces.  Surprisingly good even on the entry/mid level stuff.  Yesterday's THS monster can often be tomorrow's light oil ball.
Last Edit: June 17, 2017, 03:29:19 PM by HackJandy

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #21 on: June 17, 2017, 04:59:19 PM
No, I do not.

 I've bought balls in the past with the intention of drilling them, then just could not bring myself to do so.

 My prized possession, sitting in my closet, is a 14lb, NIB NITRO/R from 1993.

 Why is it prized? I have no idea.
 Why couldn't I bring myself to drill it?  I have no idea.

 So, in my closet it sits. Going on quite a few years now.

Sigh..........😔

Here is some older Japanese dude throwing a NITRO/R2 (newer version?).  He has videos also for my EPX T1 and bunch of other older balls.  I actually like watching a lot of the asian bowlers roll because often their style is closer to mine than some of these rev/speed monsters you see in the ball videos in the west.

Last Edit: June 17, 2017, 05:26:02 PM by HackJandy

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #22 on: June 17, 2017, 06:25:35 PM
I have quite a few gems I would LOVE to drill but have no real reason too I only bowl once a week now that I have two young kids, the new equipment is as good and cheaper, and they are worth too damn much undrilled to even think of putting holes in them. I have over 50 undrilled balls not all are gems but will be after a few years on the shelf I mainly buy to resell but they are fun to look at one day when my wife isn't home I'll pull them all out and take a pretty picture :-)

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #23 on: June 17, 2017, 10:39:53 PM
I have plenty of gems, some of which I might drill up, some I might end up selling, and some I don't mind just looking at (mainly the Clear ball collection LOL).

The problem is, I don't wanna punch a ball up, just to punch a ball up. I have a pretty rounded arsenal, so no need to pull out a NIB Original Inferno and drill it just because I have it. Now with that being said, I might drill up one of my NIB Scorcher NPT, since I loved the Midnight...but who knows.

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #24 on: June 22, 2017, 10:44:56 PM
well this one has holes and the span is close so after a little work I'm gonna roll it.
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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #25 on: June 23, 2017, 12:42:39 AM
My only real "gem".  Rolling it for the first time tomorrow and wanted to get a few photos before it cracks.  My Stealth Bomber may be a gem someday but not yet.  The panthers I want on the other hand.

Last Edit: June 23, 2017, 01:09:11 AM by HackJandy

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #26 on: June 23, 2017, 12:01:08 PM
I don't like the pin being so close to the finger holes, much larger chance of cracking, especially with that ball.  --  JohnP

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #27 on: June 23, 2017, 06:05:24 PM
Doh told driller to drill it in a way to reduce cracking too.  Should have realized I guess, oh well.  Rolled it for a game today and it was fine with good carry but man it sucks up oil off the lane in a hurry.  Hard to use it with the same line for even one full game.  I see using it in warm ups more than games to create miss room.  Also thanks for pointing that out even if can't do much about it now.
Last Edit: June 23, 2017, 06:26:32 PM by HackJandy

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #28 on: June 23, 2017, 07:45:41 PM
Doh told driller to drill it in a way to reduce cracking too.  Should have realized I guess, oh well.  Rolled it for a game today and it was fine with good carry but man it sucks up oil off the lane in a hurry.  Hard to use it with the same line for even one full game. I see using it in warm ups more than games to create miss room.  Also thanks for pointing that out even if can't do much about it now.

This is what I used to use my Granite Gargoyle for, except for when I hit the floods and the Granite was the only thing moving!

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #29 on: August 10, 2017, 08:30:16 AM
Dude....... it's a bowling ball not a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda.  Throw it and enjoy.  You gain nothing by hoarding it in the closet.

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Re: Do you guys roll your Gems?
Reply #30 on: August 10, 2017, 08:31:51 AM
My only real "gem".  Rolling it for the first time tomorrow and wanted to get a few photos before it cracks.  My Stealth Bomber may be a gem someday but not yet.  The panthers I want on the other hand.

Did it crack yet?  It will ..... guaranteed.