Originally Posted by King Pietersen
Most Ebay bats that sell for around that price are not genuine. They'll be cheap Indian willow that claims to be 'English Willow nurtured in India' which is effectively Kashmir with RBK stickers popped on. That means they're very prone to cracking and will often break within a year of full use. I'd advise spending a fair amount more than €40 if you want to get a decent bat that's actually going to last longer than a few months. Gunn and Moore are probably the best mainstream brand going around atm. Every 2009 G+M I've seen so far has been of superb quality. I've got an Icon DXM 909 myself and it's a brilliant bat, easily the best I've had.
Really you liked the G&M bats? Never really been a fan of them tbh, never seemed to feel right, was always a Grey Nicholls user as a kid (I remember my Sabre fondly), I think apart from Laver & Wood (has anyone ever used one? I saw one in a case once but was forbidden from even touching the damn thing), Newbery get the best quality willow, when you're feeling in top form the Mjolnir's got to be the weapon of choice, so perfectly balanced. Different people like different qualities in bats I suppose, I prefer balance and an easy pick up, but some of my team mates just want as much power as they can get. Also take into account the kind of surfaces you expect to play on, one of the reason's I got the Samurai is because it has a very low middle, considering I tend to play on slow surfaces it helps a lot. Wouldn't recommend buying a bat from ebay, false economy IMO, you'll end up having to buy another bat.