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Topic: Don Alan Chop Cup: optimal ball?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Oct 17, 2019 09:34PM)
A full-size Don Alan aluminum Chop Cup from RnT2 comes with a 1-1/8” red ball set. Would most users consider this ball choice optimal? Aesthetically speaking?

The website mentions that a 1-3/8” ball “will work just as well, if not better.” Don Alan himself seemed to use fairly chunky and sizable balls — and white ones, rather than red.

Thoughts? Worth upgrading to bigger and whiter balls?
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Oct 18, 2019 08:40AM)
I wouldn't think there's any rules, but what works and looks best to you. In somewhat of the same issue. Years ago I worked with Morgan dollars. When doing some mirror work one day, I realized how large the coins looked in my smaller hand, so switched to halves. Try the larger set and see what you think.
Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Oct 22, 2019 09:22AM)
I have two table tops that I use. One is a darkish red and the other is black. When I'm doing the chop cup or cups and balls I use the set that looks the best on the table colour I'm using. I have a few different colour of manipulation balls that I use. Keep in mind that white balls don't stay white for very long. I also have Don Alan aluminum chop cup and I do use a white set of balls with it. For me the biggest more important part of the trick is the final loads that you use. The very generous Pete Biro used to say it's not so much the size of the chop cup balls but rather the change in the final loads and he said you could use anything as long as they are different from your set for the cup. My thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Oct 26, 2019 07:56PM)
Both the original Don Alan by the old Rings N Things and the RNT2 Don Alans came with 1 1/4" core balls in white, 1 3/8" with the crochet around it.
According to my father's notes, the white ball could be seen easier from a distance and only Cork center balls were to be used due to noise. 1 1/8" balls have a 1" core center ball and when crocheted they come out to 1 1/8".

White really stands out against either the aluminum or copper Don Alan, but I agree with Al Kazam on using what ever color suits your needs or surroundings.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 15, 2019 08:35PM)
Don was adamant about using white balls. He also used two gaffed balls.
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Nov 24, 2019 09:32PM)
I like white for working balls, yeah... flash, but flash never seems to be a problem for me (and I'm not technically good)

I also like to use 2 chopped balls, that's how I used to sell them. I started making the gaff oppose so they didn't stick to each other... but people just didn't want that.

But I've moved to a smaller ball (dice core) for all my cups and balls because I "feel" like the change between the ball and final load is more significant.
Of course I have no evidence to prove my feelings.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 25, 2019 12:46AM)
Don and I discussed the balls he liked to use with the chop cup on a number of occasions. He liked to use a white ball, because it contrasted well with his performing area. He liked a large ball, because he wanted the audience to be able to see it.

Don't use a ball that is too large for you to completely enclose in your hand.