I obviously misunderstood your original post regarding DuX bases then Ralph.
No problem mate.
As with everything you can't please everyone fella. I'm the opposite to you, I prefer to see both players using the same equipment. That's why I like themed events, where the organisers produce the teams for the players to use. Flats v Flats... HW's v HW's etc. It's also more aesthetically pleasing in my eyes.
I suppose rules have to be implied and can't keep changing for the personal whims of players. And it's inevitable some will moan and be unhappy.
It's a bit like Snooker players saying I can only play if I use a Pool tip on my cue.
A table tennis player, squash player, Tennis player...saying they need bigger and lighter rackets, bats.
A footballer saying he needs spikes not studs etc,etc,etc.
As I tried to imply in my original post. There is nothing wrong with DuX or moulded bases...it's the actual searching for them. Trying to seek an 'unfair' advantage. A base that was a mistake, but has a lower profile, so easier to chip the ball and not topple. All that does, is take away the skills required to play the game. You may as well say...'let lower profile bases be played with, like in Fistf'. It takes away from the whole ethos of the oldsubbuteo community.
I know friends who don't bother so much with it in Italy now. Mainly because it's not how it used to be. It's still a great way to play Subbuteo imo, because of the 'relaxed' aspect to it all. It's only a few of the vocal minority, who want to be chiefs rather than Indians, and take the game way too seriously, that have caused ripples. And this goes back quite a few years now, to an extent to them even starting their own new forum.
Tbh...I've never known a game, cause so much disharmony in the ranks. So many people want to be in charge and tell others what to do. It's almost like they are taking all their frustrations from the 'real world' of being nobody, and lording it over others in a very small bubble.
You can tell the people who have more important things to worry about, they just let it wash over them, chill and relax, and laugh at grown men getting their knickers in a twist over a game.
Hope all that makes sense...and taken in the good natured manner it was intended