That's great, OldDuffer. Any improvement, especially when you can see it quite clearly, is something to celebrate.
A question, I'm embarking on a journey with a couple of Ross' blades too and I was wondering if you had any thoughts on suitable rubbers?
I don't think it'll be a big issue because of the variety of rubbers out there today. I just need that Goldilock's rubber, you know, not too hard and not too soft; not too thin and not too thick.
I can heartily recommend Giant Dragon's New Soft Top Energy 1.9 on my U-S-B blade. I know it works well on that, both in close and away from the table 3-6 metres. I am an old school control looper when I do loop, that ain't none too often and even on the slow blade it did very well on smashes. When twiddling or playing a Seemiller style block on the backhand, the control was very good, quite intuitive.
I have some of the same Black Inverted in Max Thickness on order. Will see how that works for me. If you are looking for an inexpensive direct alternative to Tenergy this is not it, but it is super at what it does. You can read the reviews already on the web site. I have tried Tenergy 05 in 1.9 and Hexer on the Wave U-S-B, both of these worked well, but they were over kill for me and I sell the Giant Dragon so it was the win win for me. My prior forehand rubber was 868 Kokutaku 2.0 from Steve Winnard at Custom Table Tennis. co.uk in a special version he had made. I can more easily control the Giant Dragon inverted.
I am sure that you will be able to appreciate the beauty, quality and playability of the blades that Ross produces. I might be a tad prejudiced on that part.