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mumzie

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a real oldie but goodie!!
« on: July 24, 2003, 07:29:10 AM »
I'd like to thank the ball reviews member that made it possible for me to get ahold of a 15 pound firestorm... Sorry - the messages dropped off my stuff.

I threw it for the first time today (practice), and shot 257 for the game I kept score.

Thanks! I KNEW that ball would work well on today's conditions!

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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2003, 08:00:49 AM »
I'd be curious to see how it compares to some of their current line-up like the Hot Rod or the Blaze.
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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2003, 11:04:45 AM »
So would I.
I was absolutely amazed at the hitting power of this bowling ball - after all the years, and the changes in technology, and the huge amounts of oil present today compared to 8 years ago!
I've been looking for one of these since I dropped to 15# 6 years ago. Several people have told me it would only be good for a spare ball, but I KNEW they were wrong! WOW!
If it was a NEW medium condition ball, it'd be the best thing out there!
Maybe Storm should bring that one back. I know I'd be first in line!
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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2003, 02:57:30 PM »
I came back to bowling just after this was out and Storm was not a big company then. It was almost unknown in NJ.

I think this was a medium to medium-light ball when it came out, no? It was supposed to be very skid/flip, even then. Its complement was the Forest Fire Storm, I believe.

Glad it worked so well for you.

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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2003, 03:17:29 PM »
It was skid flip, but it was a very strong ball for it's time.
My Danger Zone moved the same number of boards, but arc'd instead of skid flip.

My original one was one of the very earliest - it's serial number was only 5 digits long... It was a misdrill at the masters in Reno in 1995.

The Forest Fire Storm came out several months, if not a year or so later. It was solid, and had the firestorm weight block inverted. I felt it was no where near the same ball. On a 1-10 scale, I'd give the firestorm a 12, the forest fire storm a 4.
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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2003, 04:06:10 PM »
quote:
I think this was a medium to medium-light ball when it came out, no? It was supposed to be very skid/flip, even then. Its complement was the Forest Fire Storm, I believe.


Spot on, on all counts.  I had a few of them back in the day.  I know some people who still pull out their Fire Storms on second-shift league conditions or during late blocks in tournaments.  Even on today's conditions, the Fire Storm has tremendous recovery potential.

IIRC, the Fire Power was supposed to be a remake, but I found it to be too aggressive in the dry, and too skittish in the oil.  I found the Blaze to be similar in these respects.  Haven't thrown a Hot Rod yet, though...
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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2003, 05:34:54 PM »
I tried the fire power. Didn't care for it. Seemed wimpy after the firestorm.
And really subject to over/under. The firestorm just went right through it.

The closest I could compare to the firestorm would be the original speed zone. Same skid flip. However, the speed zone, like most brunswick, seems to hit the pins real low. The firestorm seems to hit higher. One is not better than the other - just different, for different carry in different houses.

I would say for overall comparison to today's stuff, with everything I have in my bag, it's closest to the Sonic-X - which, by the way, is NOT a dry lane ball, but more of a medium ball.

But - the firestorm has earned a place in the primary bag. Still awesome, after all these years.


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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2003, 03:25:49 AM »
I went through a Bolt, Fire Power and Eraser without ever quite getting the good Storm ball i was after. I've got a funny feeling if i got one of these i'd be happy,plus i still kick myself for not getting one on closeout a few yrs ago. I got an Aquamarine Quantum instead, good ball but not in the Firestorm class by any strech.
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Re: a real oldie but goodie!!
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2003, 12:39:51 PM »
You are most welcome!
I knew there were more numbers left in that ball, just waiting to come out!
I can't wait to unleash the numbers I know are still there in your buddy's
firestorm!!

Thanks again for finding it for me.
If anyone EVER finds a NIB 15# Firestorm, and makes it available, I would be eternally in debt to them!
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