I picked up this first set and was a little disappointed in that the solids are so white you mistake them for the cue ball. I wonder if the second set with the more colorful solids might be a bit more fun playing them with the lights out. Have you tried both sets?
I seem to remember RC or Mr K commenting on how after 15 sets collected you have to start writing stuff down. I just obtained my 16th set....the 3D number set that I only found because I saw them on this thread. I guess I now have to get a notepad and a sharp pencil.
Good evening, Mr B.
Congratulations on joining the ranks of our crazy collecting club, dear chap. I salute your plans to document as much detailed information as possible. Such a diligent strategy will definitely stand you in good stead as the collection grows.
I believe I can help you with the manufacturer of the two sets mentioned, sir: Lincos Sports of Xiamen in south east China.
Decided to not get into pool ball collecting, the direction in which I was heading. Knives consume too much of my time and money
So I sold my really nice / almost new set of Bi-Cent's and got $250 for them.
Apologies for bringing up this old post but these looks like 19th century pool balls. Although the photo is a bit blurry they look very good for their age.
Mr. bfriesth - I see you are acquiring a fine collection of both unique and treasured ball sets, with 16 being well within the manageable level. However, I’d recommend you abandon the celluloid computer path and go by way of spreadsheet....after you fill your prescription for a neat made-up drug I’ll call Fanaticol - a chewable gummy that looks like an of course - a placebo I tell my wife will help with the “collector bug” AND give me extra B12. Seems to calm her more than me
In all seriousness though, I’ll share a screenshot here of the spreadsheet headings I use to keep my treasures arranged for easy reference - if only to help with ideas for you or any other collector that may be viewing this post. I’ll also be sending out an email to you shortly, sir, about future projects on the drawing board for a few of us gathered phenolic fanatics.
Great research there, RC! I believe you are correct with your answer for Mr. B’s mysterious balls (and those of us that have the same sets). Thank you for your continued selfless sharing and contributions, sir!
And....something else right up your neighborhood alleyway, RC....I’ve secured another addition for my Spirits & Beer category that I’m certain you’ll appreciate and share a long-distance toast with me and your favorite dram in a fine Glencairn glass. I’ll endeavor to have those out of the Polishing & Perfecting Lab this weekend
Darn it, poolhustler - I’m sorry to see you venture off the ball collecting trail and dawdle in other fine interests. We hope you’ll hang around and at least see what the other crazies are up to here in the PBC thread and perhaps you can share any discovered phenolic gems that you may uncover whilst digging for new knives
Thank you for keeping so much information within this thread, K2Kraze and Rubik's.
One way to counter distortion is taking a "long" lens, like a 180mm or more. The problem being there to set up the pool balls so that you can still "shoot straight" with the camera. The angle of the tray (tilt) on the table would have to be quite a bit larger, most probably. Unless you can go really high up. I have not tried this with pool balls but it might be an idea ...
Good evening, everyone.
How one could determine the precise measurements of this shallow, bowl-shaped tray (and then actually make one) is, alas, probably beyond my capabilities, but I am sure it is possible in theory. Perhaps a skilled mathematician or physicist might offer some kind advice as to the necessary calculations? With detailed instructions I’m thinking Mark would then be your man to fashion such a unique piece.