For those, who need faster blade than Virtuoso but prefer 5 ply behavior. Virtuoso+ is between Ultimate and Virtuoso in speed. The harder outer ply, slightly thicker core and different laminating process provides 8-10% more speed and a bit clearer contact.
We make a video series about our handmade table tennis sandard: OSP Blades building process. Part 1 is about installing OSP logo.
We have just released our OSP Musko OFF PRO blade. We developed that racket for Peter Musko our National Champion 2010. He demanded very fast racket that provides power from much of the distances by using incorporated built in glue effect rubbers meanwhile he does not want to sacrifice other advantages covered by OSP blades. At the same time we built a new category that reflects it is a real weapon with very professional features. Musko OFF PRO can easily provide longer but still secured arc than Ultimate to push your opponent back and the head torque gives enermous speed if you want. This racket still delivers the information you need into your palm to feel and enjoy the game.
For those who are keen on sharp offensive playing and want incorporated springs instead of diagonal flexibility we have built the 7 ply OSP Ultimate. Also with Limba outer ply. Softer touch – sharp points.
We have just released our controlled offensive OSP blade. It really controls your offensive strokes. If you like the natural Limba feeling and can cope with its speed you can easily become a virtuose with OSP Virtuoso.
Here we are with our third OSP standard blade. We call it Expert. We recommend Expert for players who mix active & passive game with variety of allround, offensive & defensive movements. Due to its 160 mm head you will not feel lack of power even allround or pips out rubbers glued on. We also found that Expert is fine for hardbat combo.
Year 50’s to 70’s was undoubtedly the best era for Stiga. The Swedish company (established in 1944) apparently was the leader tabletennis manufacturer besides some weak competitors. The 80’s decade brought new situation and Butterfly sliced off bigger piece of the tabletennis cake due to effective marketing and quality products.
Manufacturers aimed wide spreading of tabletennis products so Butterfly find famous faces as well as Stiga for naming their rackets like Klampar, Jonyer, Gergely, Secretin, Grubba, Douglas (Interesting that there was player whos name was on both Butterfly and Stiga rackets eg.: Stipancic) This was the era before the metal-butterfly logo in the field of woods. Regarding the quality Butterfly was effective competitor for Stiga. We inherited sort of fine Butterfly rackets (as well as Joola or Schoeler + Micke) from that time. However the values of these woods are not the same as Stigas’.
At that time Butterfly provided wide scale of rubbers which were spread worldwide. You can remember their slogan that has been used for a long time: “On the latest poll Z percent of the players use Butterfly product”. And they used it indeed. Because of the quality they represented and still represent. (Due to the catalogues data in New Delhi 1987 40 percent of players used Butterfly). In fact there was not really serious competitor. In these years Butterfly branched out Sriver L & S besides their successful Tackiness C & D which has not disappeared.
[ilink url=”http://oldstiga.com/c/butterfly89.pdf” style=”download”]Download – 1989 Butterfly catalogue (pdf, 1.12 MB)[/ilink]