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Topic: Morrisey Mini Chop cup
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Nov 30, 2004 06:22AM)
I just bought a Morrisey Mini Chop cup on Ebay. I didn't know it was Morrissey at the time that I bought it, and honestly, that wouldn't have effected my purchase. It was really cheap, I think I got it for $5, wound up twice that for shipping/handling.

I've heard the name Morrisey bantered around a bit here, but couldn't remember for ill or good. I got the cup. Well, it's aluminum and therefor the quality can only be so good, but the action of the gaff is great. It works towards the outside of the cup, that means that when I show the spec the ball in the cup it looks very natural. The strength of the gaff is about as close to perfect as I've felt.

If only it weren't such a cheap cup
Message: Posted by: Werner G. Seitz (Nov 30, 2004 06:36AM)
I don't know the Morrisey in aluminium, but you got a real bargain!

I do have (on purpose) 2 of them in copper and they are as good as any can be..

Actually, I still use the Morrisey, despite of the brass Mini Don I bought..nothing wrong with the Mini Don, I'm just used to the Morrisey.. so the Mini Don and the extra Morrisey are just spares..will last a lifetime..

Apart from the balls Morrisey these days does supply, which are simply toooooo loosely crochet covered -actually a disaster-, the cup is great!

I even like the design of it a better then any of the others..a bit strange, but I do..
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Nov 30, 2004 07:04AM)
Morrissey products have usually been (with occassional exceptions), a consistently good, middle-of-the-road product.

The older stuff, especially spun copper items, were of a heavier guage than their modern counterparts. I have a nice older Foo Can that is well made. I also have an old set of mini cups and a newer 4th cup to go with the set. Huge difference in thickness.

I have also noticed a huge difference in the combo cup sets as of late. The gimmicked cup couldn't be more obvious if it were painted hot pink. Years back, I had a set of their aluminum combos to learn the Mendoza routine. I know they were better made than what I've seen lately.

The chop cup gaff strength is good... I've only seen one bad one from years of selling them in a magic shop. Just a fluke at the time, though.

Because Herb Morrissey passed away not long ago, things could go one way or the other, or could stay the same. We'll see.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 30, 2004 11:48AM)
Morrissey is an interesting company to deal with. They still do excellent metal work. I have several of their items in the collection, and have used their aluminum mini chop cup on occasion.

The loosely crocheted balls aren't great in a chop cup, but can be advantageous in certain regular cups. Their head metal spinner, Richard Olson, does know what he is doing, though.

In order to keep their cups competitive with those currently being brought in from India and Argentina, Morrissey has reduced the gauge of the metal. Also, in their combo cup, they have used a different method for inserting the gaff.

But they won't sacrifice the quality of their actual spinning. So that's a good thing. Herb's son is now the owner of the company and he takes his legacy very seriously.
Message: Posted by: David French (Nov 30, 2004 12:41PM)
I have used both the mini and the large Morrissey Chop cups for years. I have had some in the past that would "rattle" but the ones I have had for the last few years have been perfect. They are a good quailty cup and have worked well for me.

David
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 30, 2004 01:01PM)
Mike Brazill of Rings and Things figured out how to keep rattles from happening. The method is quite clever. I'm sure that other people are using it now, and since it isn't mine to share, I won't.

I imagine Morrissey has figured it out, as well.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Dec 26, 2004 02:07PM)
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On 2004-11-30 07:36, Werner G. Seitz wrote:


Apart from the balls Morrisey these days does supply, which are simply toooooo loosely crochet covered -actually a disaster-, the cup is great!
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If you ever need your Morrissey balls re-crochetted let me know. My girls here at the shop can reskin your original balls for you so they match and work with your existing cups or chop cup.

Jake
Message: Posted by: Werner G. Seitz (Dec 26, 2004 03:40PM)
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On 2004-12-26 15:07, Mad Jake wrote:
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On 2004-11-30 07:36, Werner G. Seitz wrote:


Apart from the balls Morrisey these days does supply, which are simply toooooo loosely crochet covered -actually a disaster-, the cup is great!
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If you ever need your Morrissey balls re-crochetted let me know. My girls here at the shop can reskin your original balls for you so they match and work with your existing cups or chop cup.

Jake
[/quote]Thanx, actually I got the brass Mini Don with an extra set of balls and I have to say, the crochetting is just GREAT!
In the meantime I found a spare set I once bought for the Morrisey and as this goes over 20 years back I bought it, the balls are OK too..
But one never knows..I'll remember you can do a fine job and will get in touch if and when I need redone some crochetting..thanx for the offer.