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Eraser Banshee
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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WAIL ON 'EM! It is known in folklore legend that a Banshee™ comes to your door wailing and screaming its warning that a death of a family member is at hand… in this case, it’s the erasing of ten family members! The all new Eraser Banshee™ has a menacing Inverted Multi-Density with Power Mass™ technology core and then cloaks it with legendary MONSOON™ coverstock that goes long and has a screaming backend.

ERASER BANSHEE™ Technical Specifications

Coverstock MONSOON™ Pearl Reactive
Weight Block Modified Inverted 2-piece
Ball Color Scarlet/Flame
Ball Finish 1500-grit Polish
Radius of Gyration 2.526 (Med-Low)
Differential .040 (Med)
Durometer 73 - 75 Rex D-scale
Flare Potential 4 - 5 (Med)
Fragrance Pina Colada
Weights 10 - 16 lbs.
SKU# TBN



 

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2004, 01:41:37 PM »
Drilled a Banshee last week and like it so far. The ball gets great length and strong backend with pretty good carry. Obviously, this ball is best suited for fresh backends which would allow it to really charge hard to the pocket and maximize its hitting power. Once you experience carrydown you can put this away and get something stronger to put into play. On any carrydown whatsoever, the Banshee will not make the hill and hit pretty weak. So basically use this ball on the fresh shot and put it away when the lanes carrydown.

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2004, 10:08:27 AM »
Great all around ball!!!  Strong backend read.  Check out the full review at mybowler.com:
http://www.mybowler.com/JW's+Junction/914.aspx

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2005, 03:06:18 PM »
This ball is great for the price.  It has a very strong backend reaction.  The monsoon pearl cover gets through the heads with ease.  The banshee makes the turn with only on thing on its mind, destroy the pocket.  It has good carry,  may leave a 8 or a 9 sometimes.  About 3 series of bowling,  I only left 4 ten pins.  If you want strong backend for a cheap price buy the Banshee, you won't be disappointed.  It also smells great Pina Colada
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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2005, 09:41:16 AM »
This is my first review so here goes.  First off I am a high track player, med-high speed and med-high revs. Drilled my Banshee pin of the ring finger with the cg kicked a tad to the right and the rad ends up about 1 1/2 inches to the right of the thumb. Playing the 12 board out to 7.  

I have only bowled two series with this ball and so far I am impressed.  Ball goes long and makes a strong smooth move to the pocket. The banshee if very controllable. I have bowled a 660 and a 720 with a 298 (choke). However ball does get a little weaker with carry down. Ball just does not over react.  It gives me a ton of area to play outside. If you miss wide have no fear it is coming back and will hit all the harder. It has on occasion left some solid 9 pins. The xfactor original is my favorite ball thus far and the Banshee is making a strong case to take that spot. To date this may very well be the best storm ball I have used.

02/01-05
Just to update.  I have bowled two more series with this ball, both of which were 700 series (727 & 746).  I must reiterate that this ball has been very predictable and forgiving. Extremely good carry.  May buy another one just to have around when this one dies.  I am throwing this ball 15 out to 5 and it just crushes the pins.
Pain is just weakness leaving the body.  So just grip it and rip it!!!

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005, 12:03:39 AM »
I'm  a low rev, high track player and the this moves quite a bit on a light to dry lane condition, hits really hard. On a light to medium oil shot, hooks at the backend pretty hard. Ball rolls very nicely. haven't used it on a heavy oil shot yet, for me don't think it would move as much, still in all a great ball.

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2007, 07:23:35 PM »
I just bought this ball and let me tell you,it hits hard REAL HARD! I threw 3 practice games with it and got a 233,236, and 245 (714).

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2007, 10:44:03 PM »
late review. purchased this ball 2 1/2 years ago.
First set 236,198,300 my first 300 sanctioned went on to roll several high sets and games threw out the time i had this ball. threw it for several years and it never tamed down unlike alot of newer balls have a tendency to do. one of the best balls i ever threw if you find one buy it you wont be sorry.

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2019, 03:36:44 AM »
PLAYER STATS
Style = Stroker/mild tweener, right-handed
Speed = ~14-16 mph
PAP = 5" over & 7/8" up (high track)
Axis tilt = ~20°
Revs = ~275-325 RPM at release



WHY THIS BALL?
Actually an experiment. I still own and use a 2003 black Pure Hammer with the pin above the bridge, a very reliable piece for the rather light to medium conditions I frequently encounter in league. My lower ball speed and the high track make balls roll rather early, and most (modern) reactive balls are just too strong for my game, resulting in a fight with the equipment's lack of length or carry, or both.

This ball did not have a real plan: I accidently came across this undrilled, pin-out Eraser Banshee in an internet sale. The pictures of it looked good, and despite unknown specs except for a 3” pin I purchased it – at EUR 50,- a tempting offer, and technically (with a mid-RG and mid-differential core as well as its Monsoon coverstock) I expected the piece to be suitable for my game on medium to light conditions. Furthermore, I am a big fan of vintage stuff and like to give older balls a try, out of curiosity.

So I took the ball to my trusted ball driller (who was very surprised by the old ball) and asked him to have the Banshee drilled as closely as possible to the Pure Hammer, since I wanted to see how much of the Pure Hammer’s versatility in my hands could be attributed to the layout? I expected the Eraser Banshee to be stronger and snappier than the Pure Hammer, though.

The result became:
20° drilling angle
5” pin to PAP
70° angle to the VAL


LAYOUT SKETCH:
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+ = Pin
# = CG

The final layout looks a bit odd, because the pin ended up 2” above the fingers and the CG just 1” under the ring finger hole. The surface remained OOB, polished, and the finish was still so good that the ball did not need any resurfacing.



SOME IMPRESSIONS:
I was not certain what to expect - I hoped for a late and rather smooth reaction off the dry, and this is what I got! The very high pin seems to work well for me and my style, and the ball does not seem to read the lanes as early as my recently bought Brunswick BTU Pearl.
The ball goes surprisingly good through the heads – I actually expected some trouble since the Monsoon coverstock was, at the Banshee’s market time, one of Storm’s stronger materials.

After a good number of games on various oil patterns (recreational and sport) and lane surfaces I feel that the ball fills a vital niche in my arsenal – right between the urethane pieces (Pure Hammer, Burning Up) and the mid-range reactives (BTU Pearl, Outcast). The urethanes can struggle on heavier/longer oil, while the reactives are just too strong on certain surfaces or lighter patterns.

Whatever I do with it, the Banshee’s breakpoint is rather smooth than snappy, and I can control the amount of hook through hand position and speed changes well. The ball shows a well-defined skid/hook/roll pattern, and if the ball struggles with longer/more oil, I found that I can simply keep the hand behind the ball during release, so that it starts to roll sooner, and this is enough to make it work and carry well even on a slippier back end or longer patterns (e.g. Kegel’s 44’ High Street), even though at the expense of overall hook and entry angle. This versatility allows me to play it with a swing when traction is good (around 3rd arrow out to 8th board), or simply up the boards, and it still carries well. I haven’t experimented with the surface, yet, but there’s apparently no need for a deliberate change.

Concerning the durability, I’ll have to see how good this ball from late 2004 will fare. It was apparently kept in its original plastic bag all the time and did not take any storage damage, but there are small separation/shrinking lines around the pin, so I suppose that it has already lost some of the coverstock’s plasticizer. Nevertheless, it feels tacky, works on the lane and it even gives off a faint Piña Colada fragrance, which rather reminds me of coconut-flavored sunscreen? Huh!

PERSONAL CONCLUSION:
I did not expect much, due to the ball’s age and uncertain origin, but it turned out – together with the layout – to be a good light condition ball for me with a rather smooth breakpoint, but still with sufficient hook potential for me to recover on errant shots. The ball’s higher RG (2.52”) pushes it nicely down the lane before it hooks, even through lighter/dry heads. It’s a nice, classic mid-range ball for light to medium conditions, even today.
It also looks good. The bright red pearl coverstock stands out, and my specimen came with only a relatively small share of pale yellow on the surface, actually just a small streak. However, I am just not sold on the engravings: filled with white and dayglow orange (even though quite faded after 15 years of waiting), these simply do not match with the ball’s colors. The catalogue pics make the ball IMHO look much more conclusive than it actually is – but as long as it performs, it’s a flaw that can be easily overlooked.



PERSONAL RATING SCALE:
This scale is inspired by popular rating methods and the results are ultra-subjective. Surface prep, layouts and different playing styles will change the evaluation for sure - it is just personal experience with the reviewed ball at OOB finish

Length/through the heads:
Easy ***X****** Needs head oil

Breakpoint shape:
Arc ****X***** Angular

Hook potential:
Low ****X***** High

Control:
Stable **X******* Erratic

Durability:
Poor *******X** High

Suited for…
Dry ***X***** Oily

Range of utility/lane conditions:
Limited ***X****** Broad

Subjective overall rating of this ball:
Poor *******X** Excellent

LANE UTILITY CHART (Pattern length vs. oil volume)
This chart’s concept has been borrowed from Storm's 2003 print catalogue. Surface prep, layout or a different playing style will change the result.

|S M L
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|+ X +| Light volume
|X X 0| Medium volume
|+ + 0| Heavy volume

Legend:
X = Best suited with effective control & carry
+ = Fairly suited (works, somehow, but can lack control and effectiveness)
0 = Unsuited (ineffective; either slips helplessly or burns up)
DizzyFugu ~ Reporting from Germany

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2019, 11:04:36 AM »
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Man! that is a helluva detailed ball review for an older ball! You should be on Storm's staff so you can give ALL their ball reviews! LOL!

A lot of the reviews we read today from most of their staffers are so worthless it's not funny! The only reliable guy they have for reviews is Luke Rosdahl!

Anyway, nice review! Enjoy your new toy, and keep up the good work!
Some days you're the bug....some days you're the windshield...that's bowling!

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Re: Eraser Banshee
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2019, 02:28:19 AM »
Thank you, glad you like the effort - describing a ball is not an easy task, and I can only provide my personal and highly subjective impressions with my particular specimen. But instead of bragging with "Shot a 300 the first game, bla..." I try to provide some comprehensive utility hints and comparison with other stuff. After all, my game is quite special, I think (lower speed, med. revs, high track), but I hope that I can give others some indications what the ball is doing in my hands. After all, you feel well if something works - or not - and what might the reason behind it.
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