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Profile of karnak
Being a relative newbie to coin magic, I'm not sure how these various manufacturers rank with regard to the relative quality of their coin gaff products.

From my reading here, I gather that Johnson is widely seen as the best, at least within this general price range (I also realize Johnson may be somewhat more expensive than the others). I also realize that even better grades of product can be had, although that takes us into a much hight price range.

But of the lower range -- Sterling, Sasco, Tango -- how would they rate, relative to Johnson and to each other?

(I'm thinking primarily in terms of the relative merits of various manufacturers' expanded shells, Chinatown halves, 2 copper/1 silver sets, and silver/copper/brass sets.)

Any "buyer's guide" sort of advice would be helpful, and much appreciated. Thanks!
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Profile of wsduncan
Johnson and Sterling have very good quality control. Not so impressed with the others.

On thing to remember is that with the exception of shells (go with Johnson, or one of the custom guys) most gaffs shouldn't be looked at closely enough to matter. Contrary to popular opinion you shouldn't pass gaffs out for examination.
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Profile of mrunge
I'm partial to Johnson products myself.

Mark. Smile

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I agree, if the coins are what you claim them to be; ungaffed and regular, WHY is there a need to prove the obvious ? I personally do not hand props out for examination.
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I say go with Johnson...

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I have lots of Johnson products, including some silver, and have never had issue. Johnson is my preference for off the rack.

Sterling makes some things well(e.g. Lethal Tender), but uses copy 20 centavos on some items, which I don't like. Tango has been improving in quality, I have a quarter sized CSB form them that is made well.
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