I'm new here and I would just like to add my 2 cents about the Luke ANH and ask an opinion. I bought mine last month directly from the MR site. I guess again I am one of the lucky ones with no creeks and a mostly metal(aluminum) build. its light which I prefer and great for spinning. Because it is light it does feel like you might break it. I could only assume it would feel alot more solid if they used a heavier based metal. I am a new saber enthusiast so maybe I see things differently. It is not as loud as the Ani but I also have an ultra converted OBI and its louder than that one or a different pitch. I'm thinkin of giving this one or the ANI to my brother as a xmas gift. All this debate is confusing me as I would like to keep the more SOLID one. He would just think it was cool and not care which one he got either way. I know, that sounds wrong but I'm going to be a selfish giver on this one. If ultrasabers did a great conversion for the luke that might sway my decision. What do you all think I should do?
Welcome to the forums Son of Sebulba. :)
The sound on the Luke ANH is actually louder than it seems. This is due to the D-ring mount taking up space that would normally be utilized as sound escape area, but FX's are known to have issues with sound across many Versions of the same model. No two sound exactly alike, much like crystals all have their own unique structure.
Personally, a Luke ANH Ultra FX is MOST tempting, just to see if it resolves some of the issues with the blade.
Your choice of which saber you give as a gift to your sibling is quite subjective. To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi: "You must do what you feel is right, of course." It really boils down to your tastes in what you consider the ultimate saber design.
Each has their own benefits and flaws, and it is up to you to decide your course of action in this matter. I can relate to your dilema though. Myself... I'd keep the ANH...
I know that I was harsh on it at first, but it's actually starting to grow on me the more I mess with it. Sadly It must go to a new home, to a new master.
I WILL buy another though, just to complete the Skywalker line of my collection. Be it stock or Ultra FX (most likely BOTH in my case).