Newer Ce Versions Of Old Supermarket Bs7114 Selection Boxes, These Are Not As Good!

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AnthonyUKpyro

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I got a CE Cat2 of a TNT Merlin last year from Aldi and the performance of the CE Cat2 products in the selection over the old BS7114 version was flat, not as appealing and watered down significantly,

The fountains and wheels weren't quite the pleasing performers they were over the old BS7114 compliant stuff, as if they'd lost some of their power sparkle and shine,

the Silver Dart rockets just rose and produced a weak silver flash at the top of their flight rather than a burst of silver stars,

and as for the roman candles these weren't as good as the old BS7114 Cat2/Cat3 roman candles/cakes and barrages from the previous incarnation.

This year I think I will give the Aldi TNT supermarket range a bit of a miss, and I hope this further dilution of new for old stuff doesn't continue across other brands. There is no need for watering down Supermarket BS7114 products to a weak weedy CE Standard Cat 2 spec at all. It's sad really. :(
 

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This isn't just the CE versions of current boxes, pretty much all of the CE selection boxes we purchased this year were not as god as similarly sized BS boxes. Take the Meteor Shower pack at Lidl, i thought the colours and effects were a bit weaker in that than in the £5 Star Struck box that ASDA sold last year. However, the Bright Star Monster box from The Range, which was still BS, had a very nice range of colours and effects still.

I think, sadly, it is something we'll just have to get used to
 

AnthonyUKpyro

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Royal Party's selection box range is pretty good quality with excellent performance, and Epic's offerings do better than most;let's hope they keep this good quality up. ;)
 

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We've never had an RP box, so can't comment on those. Epic's though i believe are mostly BS
 

AnthonyUKpyro

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We've never had an RP box, so can't comment on those. Epic's though i believe are mostly BS
Epic's selection boxes are BS7114 and they perform pretty well. They also have other new CE products too, and the performance is very good indeed, they always look for, source, and obtain, the very best possible 1.3 and 1.4 products from China that comply with the new European Standards, they don't buy any old tatt that performs like garbage then say how good it is and sell it because they realise that this will cause upset to everyday firework lovers and enthusiasts. And therein on lies a lesson for other manufacturers, ALWAYS endeavour to get the best fireworks for your customers and they'll keep buying from you. :)
 

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But tbh that is exactly what any specialist firework shop, who has an ounce of sense, should do. They make their living by selling fireworks, if they sell crap ones they won't get the trade
 

AnthonyUKpyro

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The supermarket fireworks can also vary between brands and ranges for effects performance and quality as well with some doing so much better than others. ;)
 

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I don't think they vary too much, the only stand-out was weco. But TNT, Standard, nightstar/firestar and Bullshit Bulldog are pretty similar i think. TNT may be marginally ahead on performance and Standard on quality, but there's not much of a difference