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Breaking in Ash

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Broc Stauffer, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Broc Stauffer

    Broc Stauffer Honed Member

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    I recently got a Craft Slim Plus in Maple. I love it and it is amazing in every way. People were telling me to pair it up with my ash slaydog tama. But, the stalls on it sucked. My maple tama is already better than my 5 month old salydog tama for stalls after a week or two. Any tips for breaking in ash?
     
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  2. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    Bathe that bevel in sweat!
    And i also keep coining the bevel to make it wider.
     
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  3. Broc Stauffer

    Broc Stauffer Honed Member

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    What do you mean by coining it?
     
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  4. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    Place a quarter in the bevel, and kinda use it to grind and even the bevel out.

    Can't seem to find the video on it though.
    @goenKendama, might you have a video on it?
     
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  5. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    Never heard of this but definitely going to try.
     
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  6. Jacob Roller

    Jacob Roller n00b

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    Max Norcross shows you the coining technique in one of his Vlogs! Check it out, it's like 6:25 of this video:
     
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  7. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    Natty's will be better for stalls in my experience. My ash dawg tama isn't that good for stalls on my GT-KA either. But yeah coining the bevel will help along with the sweat. Also, just shred the bevel more so that it gets more beat because more beat = better stalls.
     
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  8. Congarranza

    Congarranza DS Legend

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    Ash needs to be played quite a bit. The grain structure allows it to get rough around the bevel. This creates "bite". As with painted tamas, the more you play the more you "clear" away the paint to give it a natty exposure. You can then proceed to lick the bevel when necessary.
     
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  9. Dama.ob

    Dama.ob Member

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    it needs to be your new jammer, do stalls on it, it will fell more natural, or just kick it
     
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  10. Eric H

    Eric H Honed Member

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    Wait, should I do this to my craft plus tama?
     
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  11. Broc Stauffer

    Broc Stauffer Honed Member

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    Thanks
     
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  12. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    Give it a try!
     
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  13. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I've been partial to putting a wood finishing wax on natties lately. One is called Bee Kind you probably could get similar effects from @amagad's Dama Butter or Kenditioner too and it's not as gnarly sounding as "soaking it in sweat" and is better for the wood.
     
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  14. Tyler Kucera

    Tyler Kucera n00b

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    keep playing the dama until u kinda notice a change in the wood and thats when it will start to break in I think. Also look for the vid on kusas youtube for breaking in ash damas.
     
    Jul 17, 2017