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Speaking of rubber balls and friction. I recently acquired a set of cups that came with 3 rubber final load balls.

One of the balls is an official lacrosse ball and the other two are the exact same size yet bear no markings indicating that they are actually lacrosse balls. The difference in the rubber compound of these balls becomes apparent in use.

When attempting to slide a loaded cup across the performing surface, the lacrosse ball rolls inside the cup freely allowing it to move with no more effort than sliding an empty cup. The other two balls grab the sides of the cups and cling to the closeup matt making it impossible to casually slide the loaded cup.

I thought of painting them to make them less clingy and more useable as Mobius suggested. Then a bit of research indicates that, as Bill stated, painting over rubber can be a trick in and of itself.

Guess I should just learn to juggle...
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Along similar lines of soft cups, I think that we may have always under estimated the "Bags of Everything by Lewis Ganson. Mind you it's better to be over looked than looked over...
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On 2010-11-21 10:58, panlives wrote:
My revised question, completely unschooled as I am not a manufacturer, is if Cups can be made using tire rubber? Although striking a wand against them would elicit a dull thud more than a distinct chime, rubber Cups might finally qualify as the ultimate indestructible set. Fire exempted.


You could make cups of almost anything. Tire rubber would have a distinctive odor, of course. "Buy Goodrich cups -- for that NEW CAR SMELL!"
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On 2010-11-21 11:11, dcjames wrote:
Speaking of rubber balls and friction. I recently acquired a set of cups that came with 3 rubber final load balls.

...an official lacrosse ball....


A six pack of brightly colored official Lacrosse balls are very inexpensive only $3:
http://www.modells.com/product/index.jsp......=2483074

They slide into the cup easily and are not overwhelmingly frictional. The balls are large and solid with an excellent weight. Still... fruit is a better final load for the surprise value. Even when it is smaller than the Lacrosse balls. Fab Fruit is the best and well worth the money.
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I agree Kevin... Ammar's Fab Fruit is amazing and typically gets better reactions than balls.
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On 2010-11-21 10:58, panlives wrote:
My revised question, completely unschooled as I am not a manufacturer, is if Cups can be made using tire rubber? Although striking a wand against them would elicit a dull thud more than a distinct chime, rubber Cups might finally qualify as the ultimate indestructible set. Fire exempted.


I'm sure they could make cups out of rubber. In the old days, they made insulators out of rubber as well as glass. Like these:

http://www.nia.org/general/rubber.htm

I have a few of these I made chop cups out of a few years ago. I like having things sitting around the house that look super-innocent but can be used for an impromptu routine. Anyway, they can mold about anything out of rubber or plastic. I'm not sure people would line up to buy rubber cups, however. I know I tried a couple times to sell my rubber/insulator/chop cups on ebay and didn't get any interest at all.
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There are some collapsible silicon measuring cups that allow for some interesting effects -- the handle providing an advantage (think positively) and "going flat" a different way of "showing empty" but also a chance to load.

For the same reasons, a collapsible mixing bowl can add variations to a Benson Bowl routine.
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You can play with these trailer hitch ball covers for not much cash, but they may not stack well.

http://www.shopwiki.com/Hitch+Ball+Covers
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