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I am looking for a chop cup with the best release feature, meaning I can rely on the ball dislodging when I turn over the cup and put it forcibly on the table yet the magnet is strong enough to hold it properly when I don't want the ball released. Is this feature the same on all cups or are some better than others? What would you recommend that accomplishes what I previously discussed, is aluminum (I don't want to be polishing copper or brass), decent size, and decent quality? I'm not looking to spend a fortune but don't want to cheap out either. Thanks for your answers.
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Cup strength can vary from one design to another. Your best bet is to concentrate on adjusting the ball to fit your personal style. http://www.rnt2.com has balls that can be adjusted. I think they can be had with either a m*** or simple steel core depending on how your cup is constructed.

For size and simplicity, you can look for an Ickle Pickle aluminum Chop Cup. They can be found fairly easily from vendors and auction sites. Mine will take a baseball final load and only cost me around $25 or so online.

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If you're worried about consistency of dropping, you can do what I've done and abandon the gaffed cup in favor of a straight cup (borrowed?) and PK ring with a m**** ball. The combination of the two m****'s is strong enough to penetrate the walls of just about anything you will run across, and you can even feel the "pull" through the cup so you know at all times the location of the ball. A simple shift in your grip and it releases on your command.
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The Don Alan chop cup from wwww.rnt2.com is a worker's cup, the alternative if money is an issue I agree with Dave
on the Ickle Pickle Wide Mouth chop cup. Neither requires much upkeep as far as polishing them. Both are fine chop
cups and both take a baseball as a final load.
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Or check out the leather cups at Ambitious Card (and probably elsewhere).

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Of course, if you're looking for a good leather chop cup, why go elsewhere?
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I agree with Dave V that it is better to find a chop cup you like, regarless of the release feature, and then get the RnT2 balls that are adjustable. Those things are a dream to use and work with. I bought 3 of each, and each one belongs to a specific cup from my collection that I use, as well as each ball being adjusted to the strength of its particular cup. That allowed me to buy the cups that I liked based on what they will allow me to do as far as their dimensions and balance, as well as their appearance.

http://www.rnt2.com is the link to the website, if you have never been there. The adjustable balls I think are under the Chopped Singles/Chopped Set category.

I hope this information is useful to you.
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I will give another thumbs up for the adjustable balls from RNTII. Also, not mentioned yet would be a wooden chop cup from Eric Hansen, our own Papasmurf!
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Thanks for all the info. I went ahead and bought both the adjustable balls and a Don Alan chop cup. That should do it. Thanks again for all the good advice.
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I do the final assembly and give all our cups the "drop test" before I ship them out.

I drop the ball in, I hold the cup 3 inches above my hand, mouth down, and drop the cup into that hand.
The ball should release or it's too strong.


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That's a good test.

BTW, I have some of Frank's leather chop cups. They are excellent! Max Hapner ordered a custom leather one from me which I had Frank make for him. Max loved it! He is still using it.

I should also add that Frank makes felted balls. These are very unsuspicious looking.
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Quote:
On 2011-07-17 02:09, Bill Palmer wrote:
That's a good test.

BTW, I have some of Frank's leather chop cups. They are excellent! Max Hapner ordered a custom leather one from me which I had Frank make for him. Max loved it! He is still using it.

I should also add that Frank makes felted balls. These are very unsuspicious looking.



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