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Submitted: 06-27-2005 by Jim
I too own a Beale laminated paddle. It is a beauty, and again it's Don's way not to take payment till the customer is absolutely satisfied with the result. In fact I wasn't totally happy with the first attempt and Don graciously accepted my criticism and remade the paddle which turned out beautifully. Great work and a most ethical businessman.
I give the paddle an 8 because I find that there is only one position in which I'm completely comfortable using it due to some lack of symmetry between the two ends.