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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2020, 21:14 
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I don't know how to get the Apollo 5, on the official Yinhe Taobao website it says National Apollo 5 (Export to Japan) is worth $56 AUD

After looking at some review comments I think the Apollo 5 = Nozomi Kateru world Stage


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LIGHT IN THE NIGHT.

"Identification mark" of some vibrant coloration printed onto the sponge open side should be the most adequate solution. We persistently working on the problem, we see the light in the end of the trench.


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wonder how the new big dipper would be like if they are indeed discontinuing the old one, though ive never played with the rubber before

i heard that a lot of people thought that the new Big Dipper IV was hot garbage, nothing alike to the 1st big dipper


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netdriver wrote:
wonder how the new big dipper would be like if they are indeed discontinuing the old one, though ive never played with the rubber before

i heard that a lot of people thought that the new Big Dipper IV was hot garbage, nothing alike to the 1st big dipper


Just found some information that say Big Dipper 2 is for sale in internet only, Big Dipper 3 is for sale in China only and Big Dipper 4 is for sale in overseas only.


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Last time I checked with Yinhe, they said they were no longer making the Big Dipper. This would not surprise me, as they have a habit of discontinuing old rubbers and coming up with new ones instead. Probably new ones sell better, because people will always want to buy the latest. They do the same with their blades.
The problem is that if you find something you like, you might not be able to get it next time... not good for the customers...


I think Big Dipper 1 is the one that is discontinued


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I'm out of touch. I haven't looked at an AliExpress ad for table tennis rubber for about nine months or so! Well, here's GH Sport's page on Big Dipper:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2052999653.html

There are 22 options! Original Big Dipper seems to still be available, and there's also BD2 and BD3, as they call them. OBD comes in three sponge hardnesses, while BDs 2 and 3 come in four (but all ONLY come with max sponge thickness). Yinhe was vacillating between using actual sponge hardness numbers of simply calling them "soft", "medium", etc. - at least for the BDs they decided to keep the numbers. I've no idea what the difference is between the three, they all use the same topsheet with the same ITTF number. Then again, maybe the geometries are the same but the rubber compounds may be different. One thing I'd forgotten was that they clip the corners on the sheets - shades of H3. I can see why they do it on H3, but the reason here is a lot less clear (as far as I know there isn't a "National Version" of BD). Since these things cost almost USD20 each I won't be buying any any time soon. I suspect I could test them back to back and not be able to tell the difference.

Don't see BD4 available on AliExpress (or at least, it doesn't appear when you search for it).

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