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PostPosted: 18 Dec 2016, 19:06 
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Blade: Palio TCT
FH: Palio CJ8000
BH: Palio WP1013
Blades and rubbers mentioned are good, that's not really the point. It's more that almost any custom setup will be an improvement in spin and speed over the Wakaba, so even a cheap sub $20 with 729 rubbers would do. The combination of blade with rubbers then is essential.
You need to get a setup where you feel the ball and where you can sense how you did hit it. Therefore control above spin above speed should be the order to look for, so a standard all-wood, not too stiff, not too fast, not too flexible would be the obvious choice. The Sweden Classic does fulfill this more than the Extra, Stiga Allround Classic and derivatives would be my advice and the Sanwei M8 plus a couple of others which are very similar to it, would do as well, more or less.
With such an AR-blade you should go for rubbers with a tad softer-medium hardness. I recommend reading http://www.experttabletennis.com/best-table-tennis-bat-for-beginners/

Eacheng has the Sanwei M8 with 2x T88-III that would fit the bill for less than $20. Don't be fooled by the price.
For $25 you can get the M8 with Dawei 2008XP and LKT ProXP and here you can choose to have the rubbers in different thicknesses, like 1.8mm/2mm, if you like.

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PostPosted: 18 Dec 2016, 21:56 
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I have never played with the Yasaka Sweden Extra so I can't comment, other than I've seen people recommend it. Should be along the same line as Swedish five ply blades. The Sanwei M8 is, as well. The Yasaka is going to be a lot more expensive, of course.


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Just want to follow up and say that I ended up buying one of these

Sanwei M8 M 8 M-8 With 2x 729 General table tennis Rubber With Sponge for one paddle

for $16. Everything went smoothly. I bought this to be a loaner paddle for friends, but it turns out that I play better with it than my regular, more expensive paddle so for now the Sanwei is a keeper not a loaner!

Thanks again for the recommendation!

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