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[quote] On 2012-05-08 11:39, Dave V wrote: After my initial reluctance over the design, I'm getting to like the handling of the new shells. The traditionalist in me said to order some "non-standard" shells where the novelty factor will compensate for the (to me) odd design of the bottoms. I ordered the "Peanut" shells and the "Renaissance Cups" The narrow shape of the peanuts lends itself well to some moves, especially his altered grip, and makes some traditional moves virtually impossible. So, I won't be using them in a traditional setting, nor did I intend to. The bottom ridge makes the opening quite narrow across the middle which can run the risk of trapping a larger pea if you're not careful. The steal and load moves themselves work quite well even with the hourglass shape of the shells. I really LOVE the look of the Renaissance Cups. They are by far my favorites. They are larger in diameter than standard shells, with a knob on the top and some really nice decorative touches inside and out. This larger size tends to minimize the internal lip that makes them "Bottom Ridge" products. They are a bit awkward to handle compared to normal sized shells, but I've already found some handlings that work well. The knob encourages a very open handling with one finger pushing the cups around which of course means you need to modify handling to do "the move" so it doesn't look out of place. Using these, you could encourage the spectator to move the shells (cups) with one finger which minimizes the urge to lift them, which is a good thing. All in all, I personally don't care for the bottom ridge look for traditional shells, but really like it for the other offerings. [/quote]
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