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markis
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I've had my set for a few weeks now and they are great. My hands hurt. The gimmicks completely covers the ball and as John states “is huge”.
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I have quite a few Fakini sets (including manipulation sets) and thought I'd not find anything close, but these are really nice. They grip well and the gimmicks flawlessly cover completely (unlike Fakini) and give you more routine options (IMHO). I also like the fact that the mold lines are smoothed down. I would love for a 2" size and also smaller varieties, but I'm really happy with the white and pink sets I bought. If you're okay with the size, you'll be really happy with these. I like 'em.
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If the shell is giving you problems sticking, then just to go Wal-Mart or the hardware store and purchase little bumper rubber stick-on. Don't have to "break the seal" before each production.

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Good advice Bill! That's exactly what I do on all mine. I used to glue in a small piece of felt, but picked up the rubber bumper tip from Levent's Ultimate Billiard Balls DVD set. The Bond Lee's don't seem to stick or seal as bad as the Fakini's for me, but it's not humid yet for me in Virginia so I haven't needed to. These are the tiny flat rubber bumpers usually bought in a pack. Just add one to the center of it and you're good to go.
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These are really good quality!
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Yeah! But, Kenny, which side of the ball, do you stick the little bumper ON? ---hee hee hee
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Dick everybody knows it is in the top right corner.
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HEE HEE HEE! Thanks, Robert! I just wanted to make sure!!!
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Dick, you are a caring person.
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Well, thanks, Robert! I do try to be! (Some folks just think that, I'm very trying! (heehee)
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Thanks Dick for pointing out my lack of super clarification by that quick wit of yours. You know I add it to the outside of course!!! (HA) For those reading this, Virginia's humidity did cause me to add a bumper to the Bond Lee sets. There's nothing worse than having a ball stuck when you don't want it to be! That IS the absolute solution for all ball sets. Well, I haven't tried a quick dab of super glue and that might actually work. I'll report back if it works since we are only trying to stop the suction effect. Wish me luck friends!
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The bumper is not permanent, that's what is good about it. Just in case you want to do ball through silk at some point. You don't have to buy a new ball.

Try slow drying epoxy, if you must, the resin helps.
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I would love to try these out but they are just to small. I would love to see a set that is 2 inches or larger.
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Wayne,
Bond and I have been discussing ideas for new products while visiting. Both excited about a few options. Stay tuned!
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On May 4, 2017, WayneCapps wrote:
I would love to try these out but they are just to small. I would love to see a set that is 2 inches or larger.


Then you can get the JL Lukas 2" Balls, it is only $100 for 3 balls and shell, sold at Penguinmagic.net .

They also have a 2.5" balls, you can order from JL magic.net if you want super large size. I don't see it listed on Penguin Magic website.
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Bill, yes, but the 2" are not indeed 2". The SHELL is 2", the ball measures 1.85"
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No, JL website says they have 1.7, 1.85, 2, 2.5 balls in the Lukas ball sets.

http://www.jlmagic.net/jl/?intpg=2&midx=&nidx=
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But, JL is certainly not top quality. To me they have sort of a greasy feel and don't do as well in humidity. Now that Fakini is no longer shipping, there are few options out there for a good manipulation ball, especially for larger sizes. I ended up going with a Florian Zimmer set of balls. They are a bit pricey but have fantastic reviews and many have said they are better than Fakini. Plus, come in 2 inches and 2.25 will be coming in a few weeks.
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I have the regular JL set of balls, and they are not greasy, and work and cling very well. JL also makes the Lukas, which are different, and made to Lukas's requirements. These are different balls in the manufacture. I don't have the Lukas balls, so I don't know anything about their make up or feel.

WayneCapps, you did not mention any of your other requirements, only that you wanted a larger ball size. So, I suggested and linked you to a larger ball size. Hope the Zimmer balls are what you require, and get a lot of use out of them. It would be nice for a detailed review of these totally new balls made of a new material after you handle them a bit.

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I just want a good feeling ball and to me, JL is just not that ball. I have played with them and they just don't seem like the quality that I want. I know some people like them but I am just not a fan. For years I used a wooden set but have tried Fakini and I like those. They are A LOT easier than wood but heavy. The only downfall to a Fakini ball to me is the weight, which I am OK with but would like a large, lighter ball. I am excited about the weight of the Zimmer ball. I will post a full review when I get them.
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