Speeding up of tabletennis called for developing faster and more dynamic rackets. There were different substances eg.: graphit, metal implemented into the wood, that made them stiffer and enlarged sweet-spot. Due to this ‘evolution’ Clipper Wood, Graphit Wood and Metal wood came out for carrying out the offensive minded playing strategies. Meanwhile Stiga tried to raise up the predecessors under the name ‘Classic’ – to average purpose. This term presented the end of ‘old Stiga feeling’. The company has moved out from Tranas respectively manufacturing has moved in to Eskilstuna. At the original place in Tranas started to make Yasaka blades.
Although Stiga woods were made by hand in Tranas quantity reached considerable amount. Perhaps for maintaining rackets’ individuality Stiga started to apply serial numbers from 1973-1975 – after the nailed handle period but before the bulbed era. On the bulbed rackets made from ~1987 you cannot find serial number. The serial was made up of a letter and a two digit number pressed into the side of the handle. At that time serial number was placed on even the weaker quality rackets like Stiga Europa.
The first number was A01. As a matter of curiosity there in no higher number than 50 is known (If somebody has certain information on it, please, send a mail or photo) In case of reaching 50 the next letter of alphabet is used. There are letters used from ‘A’ to ‘I’ ‘and the serials never returned in a certain type. (eg.: Johansson offensive wood) Structure of serials on anniversary blades was different but you can read the details in Annyversay wood topic. Coming soon…
There are many stories circling on anniversary blades but the formula is simple: There are limited decennial series made since 1985 for recalling Stiga rackets & the famous players.
300-300 pcs. of Alser, Bengtsson & Johansson were produced for commemoration of VM. In Goethenburg 1985. There was A-B-C marked series and 100 pcs. of each letters i.e. B3/100 means 103rd blade. The serial is written onto the blade’s face. The woods are made of original Stiga laminas by hand.
Presumably 500-500 pcs. of Alser, Bengtsson & Johansson were made. There is oly ‘E’ series from 001 to 500. The letter is written onto the blades face’s left side the number is written onto the right side. The woods are made of original Stiga laminas by hand.
500-500 pcs. of Alser & Bengtsson were made. The woods are told to be made of original Stiga laminas by hand that is controversial. This series has never sold by Stiga. The woods are so much alike that it is hard to believe that they are made by hand. But the most unbelievable is the matter of “original Stiga laminas” from the “hidden stock” story.
Well… table tennis developed to so high level that became modern enough to make demands on not only wide scales of wood but also variety of rubbers. Since Stiga had no factory for producing rubbers it was Yasaka who made it for Stiga. Besides the early Cobra soft and backside products in 1971 Mark V rubbers appeared for specifically professional/competition play that’s performance preceding ‘older’ Stiga rubbers. Although rackets were considered as one unit rubbers could be bought individually. The catalogue you can download shows step by step how to install a rubber properly onto a wood.
The point where things start. A 5ply lighter blade to begin learning table tennis for children with the regular OSP feeling and veneer combination made of hand selected raw material. Origo has slightly smaller head made of 5.35mm thick lamina and smaller handle. This way we kept the balance to allow the continuity when switching to adult blades.
Its also about finishing. Many of old Stiga owners aksed us to make a spare blade or replacement blade instead of a broken one so you can see some copies in our portfolio but the majority of the rackets are individual designed blades as the customers wanted. Anyway with the serial and the Palatinus logo our blades cannot be mixed up with an old Stiga.
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 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.