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Phoenix

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Where have all the balls gone?
« on: July 14, 2003, 07:14:27 AM »
Hi everyone, I am new to the site, but I have to ask this... Where the heck did all the old Storm balls go?
I have been kind of under a rock since I married last year and haven't looked at the Storm site in many a month.
I figured I would go there today and look for the latest versions of the Eraser, El Nino, etc... and I didn't really
recognize a single ball! Can somebody fill me in on what happened to make them dump every old name they used
to use in favor of names like X-Factor??? I feel like Rip Van Winkle or something here...

Phoenix

 

bowler0821

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Re: Where have all the balls gone?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2003, 01:43:20 AM »
Ya but one thing I like with ebonite is that they have a section or they did because I have not looked in a while is they have a place with thier older balls in it. I would like to see storm with one of thoes.
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brimar

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Re: Where have all the balls gone?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2003, 03:17:30 AM »
stormleft the hot line isnt gone. Hot Rod and new Hot wire
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Re: Where have all the balls gone?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2003, 03:21:59 AM »
Yeah, lol, you missed the last couple El Nino's, not to mention the entire Trauma line.  The Eraser line seems to be a mainstay, but they go through master line balls like crazy.
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10 In The Pit

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Re: Where have all the balls gone?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2003, 05:47:15 AM »
Yep, the name of the game today in the bowling ball manufacturing business is to introduce a ball, follow it up with at least 2 or 3 more variations on it (spaced about 2 months between the introduction of each added ball), run the entire line for 12-18 months, then dump the entire line and start all over again with new names and tweaks.

Sooner or later, the ball manufacturers are going to run out of names, coverstock tweaks, core tweaks, and color tweaks, and who knows what will happen when that time comes (which isn't far away!).  Of course, occasionally a manufacturer will bring back a slight variation on an old "classic" ball, and they will modify the name ever so slightly but stay close enough that you can identify it with the older ball (such as the El Nino 2000 replacing the El Nino).  Columbia occasionally brings back one of their best sellers such as the Pulse, but even these remakes only survive on the market for 9-12 months before they too are discontinued.

One of the only "good" things about the steady turnover in ball names is that you can sometimes pick up a closeout sale price on a good ball.  But, if you find a ball that you REALLY like, you'd better buy up a spare one or two to put back for a later date, since you never know if you will be able to find another one again or not.  I really liked the Complete Chaos, and I pretty much used up 3 of them (they all died due to excessive oil absorption)....but, I still have 2 brand new ones, already drilled, sitting back for a rainy day.  Same thing goes for the Trauma Response...I liked it well enough that I put back 2 brand new ones, drilled and ready to roll, when I decide to retire the one that I'm currently using.

The days of a ball name surviving for 5 years are pretty much gone, unless you are talking about some of the lower technology balls such as the "Dot" plastic line of Columbia....balls such as the Blue Dot and White Dot continue on, since the market demand is still high enough to justify their existance.