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    Posted: 04/29/2014 at 11:12am
I have from time to time been asked to show pictures of my blades collection, but I have never gotten around to taking any photos... until now. At our house, I've somehow managed to convince my wife to have my own personal area - a "man cave" some would call it. I call it my "TT Sanctuary". It's my own little world of table tennis. Here are some pictures - enjoy:

This is the playing area. I got Gerflor put in (again, not sure how I convinced the wife). I wish I could spend more time with the robot, but that's unfortunately not going to happen anytime soon as I have a 1-year old daughter and a 3-year old daughter. On the wall outside of the playing area is where I keep the majority of my blades collection.























Adjacent to the playing area I have my little TT Work Shop. This is where I fix, glue and cut blades, rubbers and all that good stuff. This is also where I have my TT Apparel stashed.










I have even more stuff stashed away in a garage, believe it or not. Confused

Please note that NONE OF MY STUFF IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR TRADE, so please don't bother sending me PMs or ask questions in this thread related to such.

I don't have a list of my blades collection, but if I get around to making one at some point I'll make sure to publish it here. Also, I don't know exactly how many blades I have. I counted them about a year or so ago, and I think it was about 400. But again, I'm not sure how many I have now, since I've given some away, sold some, and, yes, acquired new ones.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.





Edited by Pondus - 04/29/2014 at 11:18am
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That's an awesome cave.
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This is both completely ridiculous and amazingly beautiful at the same time.  Thanks for sharing the pics!
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Simply amazing. Best collection ever.
Congrats!!!
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I see this room and I


How long have you been working on your collection?
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Oh, now I understand why this is in the Video section.

My imagination fails to picture this room if you'll be blessed with a third daughter...
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Just wow!

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Beautiful !
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Bravo!

And your favourite blade is?
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truly amazing

my sanctuary is a couple of drawers

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my dream is to have a sanctuary of half this quality at some point in my life
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This is just Beautiful, I could not even dream this. You are a true Table Tennis enthusiast.   
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what an incredible set up/collection. I am in awe. 
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Amazing!

You just made a whole bunch of us feel less guilty about our TT expenditures all of a sudden

BTW: where did you buy Gerflor in the US & how much does it cost for an area enough for 1 table play? Out here, I've seen some non-branded red floor (from China) that a few clubs around me use but I'm curious about the real thing. Also, what's underneath it (wood or concrete?)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Timo1978 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/29/2014 at 12:57pm
Congratulation Pondus. This is an amazing place to be. To be honest what amazes me most is the room and your love for the Details. Obviously the perfect place for a tt-enthusiast. Not to Forget the amazing blades collection but i have to admit that i expected and assumed you have much hidden gems to admire.
Perfect, I bow down


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This is absolutely crazy. I have a local friend who calls his basement the "pingpongatorium," but that is nothing compared to this incredible display! Well done, sire! Well done.
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Pondus, do you have a "Special" insurance for your sanctuary?
When i look at the blades i think i can estimate the worth, so it is a
Kind of "treasure" TT-Sanctuary/Cave...
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So many questions here. I'll start with this one.

How does the conversation go when you want to buy another blade?

Pondus - Honey, there's a new blade I'm thinking of picking up. It's only $135 this time.

Mrs Pondus - ......

Just fill in the blank. How does that go?
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you're incurable.
 
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That is ...frigging ridiculous. In the best possible meaning of that word.

There are clubs that have less playing space than you do, my friend. Your wife is a saint. How I wish we could trade... and I do not mean blades. Thumbs Up

Maybe in a couple of years, when you start training your older daughter, your wife will see how this finally pays off Smile. Or not...

Btw, what is the footage of that basement? and do you plan to hold USATT-rated tournaments there in the nearest future? 
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I want to have a tour of this awesome man cave!
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oh my gooood Shocked Pondus, you are officially my idol 
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Wow!!!!
I imagined a large collection .. but this collection is really awesome!!!
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I know some of those blades Big smile

Congratulations!!, I would pay a ticket to see the collection!


Edited by jabemu - 04/29/2014 at 5:53pm
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good for you you have a supportive wife! nice blades! those banda waldners are a treasure trove!
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Very nice setup and great collection

When I asked my wife she bought me a table tennis shop
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I have a question. What's your rating?
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Originally posted by Pushdeep Pushdeep wrote:

I have a question. What's your rating?

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