School for Scoundrels (SfS) Street Shell
and La Maggiore shell
La Maggiore is larger and darker
in tone than SfS shell. La Maggiore has deeper textured grain
for a sure grip, and its larger size means increased visibility
when working for larger crowds.
La Maggiore is taller with high
sides for more reliability
and with a half-round shape that can "read" more like
a genuine walnut, whether up close or from a distance. Additionally,
La Maggiore shells weigh substantially more than the SfS Street
Shells which make some moves (such as the Kick Steal) easier
La Maggiore has a slightly more
subtle tapering in the back. Note the differences in texture
when seen from this angle.
Interior of La Maggiore is smooth
with gentle curves rising up to all edges, allow a smooth exit
and entrance from front, sides or back (particularly useful for
the Garcia-dubbed "Escobar" move). SfS shell has rougher
interior and steep sides which can certain moves more difficult
(like the afore-mentioned "Escobar" move).
When it comes down to choosing
a set of quality shells (either La Maggiore of a School for Scoundrels
set), you need to weigh all the factors and spend some time actually
handling the shells to see where your preferences lie. Both sets
offer a high-quality set of shells, but both offer different
features that may of be interest to the worker. We live in a
great time to have so many choices!