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Bundey
03-30-2008, 11:20 AM
Are Vantage racquets really of a good quality? They seem like such a great idea, but I don't know if I would regret getting one. Are they made well?

DJG
03-30-2008, 11:33 AM
They are really solid racquets.

robkat
03-30-2008, 12:02 PM
They very well made. The workmanship is stellar.

Lphansen
03-30-2008, 12:03 PM
Vantage is super quality !
Lars

Alexio92
03-30-2008, 12:05 PM
Vantage are really good quality. Far above wilson etc of which some of the "same" racquets I have seen are not even the same length!

sandflea
03-30-2008, 12:06 PM
Very solid, if you know what specs you generally like you won't regret it.

furyoku_tennis
03-30-2008, 10:08 PM
Very solid, very old school feel. The graphite really helps if you have tennis elbow too.

origmarm
03-31-2008, 03:10 AM
Very solid, old school fee as another poster said, feel "denser" than other racquets.

The build quality is superb. They are on spec and the multiples you get will be the same racquet. My only gripe is that the paint is quite matte and seems to scuff relatively easily.

Paul is great and the customer service is excellent.

If you know your specs, go for it. If you are unsure, talk to Paul. If you are still unsure this may not be for you yet. You need to know what you want for this to be for you

roddick89
03-31-2008, 03:37 AM
Vantage are amazing, i've just bought the V221 and had my first match with it yesterday. I lost! But it was so precise, if i hit a bad shot now i never look at my racquet like i used to sometimes before, becuase i know its always going to be my fault. You know when you hit your going to get the best feedback. Also they're not that expensive, but i am in the UK so P+P isnt much of an issue.

1012007
03-31-2008, 05:00 AM
^^ Did you get yours when they were at 50% off?

origmarm
03-31-2008, 05:36 AM
^^ Did you get yours when they were at 50% off?

Didn't everyone? :)

1012007
03-31-2008, 05:37 AM
LOL i heard about the deal 1 week late:(

Hope theirs another one soon:)

origmarm
03-31-2008, 05:45 AM
^ Once a year apparently

1012007
03-31-2008, 06:16 AM
^^ Hope they do a bigger reduction to 65p a racket. That would be good:)

ClubHoUno
03-31-2008, 06:36 AM
Only wish Vantage VT Custom would come in 98 SQ" with 16 X 19 string pattern - but other than that they are top quality :)

1012007
03-31-2008, 06:43 AM
Yeah they should do 98. Now that a lot of other rackets are 98 and not 95.

Like the Microgels MP and KBlade etc

roddick89
03-31-2008, 06:55 AM
^^ Did you get yours when they were at 50% off?

No i didnt actually, i wasnt really aware of it. I'd heard that they'd been doing that since Vantage had started up but i only got interested in vantge about 3 months ago, so saved up and bought one. Now i love it i'm savin again to get another.

tedescm
03-31-2008, 07:03 AM
Paul is great and the customer service is excellent. I recently asked to purchase new pallets and butt caps.

They sent them FREE and on time...

Great service!

timsims
03-31-2008, 07:31 AM
Vantage racquets are high quality and the customer service is better than you'd ever expect. You need to be sure of the specs you want so you're not disappointed and so you won't try to blame the company in hindsight. I suspect that many of them that show up for sale used either here or on the auction site are from folks that didn't really order the right specs.

dminh01
03-31-2008, 07:36 AM
I have a 95 16x19 with 63 ra for sale if u are interested. Actually it is the whole tournament offer that I wanted to sale
email me at fanbi6@gmail.com if u are interested

roddick89
03-31-2008, 07:45 AM
Vantage racquets are high quality and the customer service is better than you'd ever expect. You need to be sure of the specs you want so you're not disappointed and so you won't try to blame the company in hindsight. I suspect that many of them that show up for sale used either here or on the auction site are from folks that didn't really order the right specs.

Absolutlely, you've gotta know what you want, i'd reccomend trying about 5 different stock frames and then choose customizing.

origmarm
03-31-2008, 07:55 AM
Absolutlely, you've gotta know what you want, i'd reccomend trying about 5 different stock frames and then choose customizing.

I agree with this completely. A lot of people don't know what they want, they think they do but.....
I'm glad I did this

fridrix
03-31-2008, 08:01 AM
Even after comparing racquets for a while, I'm not sure of my specs. . . I know I want 95, heavy as possible, and head light, but how many points :-?head light? I think my current racquet weighs 13 oz strung.

Seacoast Stringer
03-31-2008, 08:11 AM
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Paul is great and the customer service is excellent.

If you know your specs, go for it. If you are unsure, talk to Paul. If you are still unsure this may not be for you yet. You need to know what you want for this to be for you

Agreed. If you know your basic specs based on experience, then Vantage is a great way to go. Paul is one of the nicest guys in the industry and will try to help in whatever way possible to find the right frame for you and to deliver with a quality racquet. After many years of messing around with all the mfg's and switching sticks (too) frequently I committed to some specs that were comfortable for me and went with Vantage. Since then I have never had to worry about my equipment and the frames have played great. Good for my arm also.

roddick89
03-31-2008, 08:17 AM
Even after comparing racquets for a while, I'm not sure of my specs. . . I know I want 95, heavy as possible, and head light, but how many points :-?head light? I think my current racquet weighs 13 oz strung.
Thats quite a heavy stick, around 370g i think? I'm using a prebuilt Vantage, the VT221, thats a 95 sq inch head and weighs about 330g strung. It's 10pts head light and feels great.
What racquet you using now?

marcb
03-31-2008, 08:31 AM
Vantage makes a very high quality product. I let my instructor hit with it yesterday and his eyes lit up. However, like the others here have said you must know what you want. Keep in mind that that their specs are unstrung whereas some places list the specs as strung.

Also, a racquet is more than the sum of it's specs. If you are interested, see my For Sale post for two vantage sticks. I included a lot of detail you might find interesting. I'm happy to give you more details if you want.

origmarm
03-31-2008, 08:31 AM
Even after comparing racquets for a while, I'm not sure of my specs. . . I know I want 95, heavy as possible, and head light, but how many points :-?head light? I think my current racquet weighs 13 oz strung.

It sounds like you are half way there. What do you play with now? Sounds heavy.

If you like the heavy and the 95 head light go for either the 11.7oz 10pts headlight or the 11.7oz 12pts headlight. Anything else at that weight will feel pretty head heavy even though it won't be. Now that only leaves string pattern, stiffness, grip..... :)

Russell Finch
04-02-2008, 03:46 AM
I have a 2 2 1 1 13 (330g unstrung). Once the dampener, overgrip and string (SPPP) go on it's 355g.

Swings pretty light though, less SW than my HPS6.1 but a shade more than HPS 6.0.

Everything about it is great except the looks. I know they're going more a classy classic no-gimmick approach but the only people who have asked me about mine have asked "how old is that thing" because they thought it was some 1980's relic.

1012007
04-02-2008, 04:18 AM
LOL just reply... no its a $260 racket that has been made especially for me:)

fuhzball
04-02-2008, 06:23 AM
Saw DrewRafters' red frames yesterday....pretty cool.

furyoku_tennis
04-02-2008, 06:31 AM
if you don't like the paintjob you could always make your own. there's a guide for it and everything.

fuhzball
04-02-2008, 06:34 AM
Actually these were factory paint jobs, graphics and all

Russell Finch
04-04-2008, 02:28 AM
I bet the plain red looks a lot better than the plain black - the black looks like a prototype or something. I think Vantage are missing a trick.

origmarm
04-04-2008, 02:31 AM
^^ Yeah agreed they could have offered different painjobs for sure

Racketdesign
04-04-2008, 02:39 AM
In an industry where every colour combination has been used 1000 times, one of the ways to stand out and be noticed is to delibrately not have a "cosmetic". As previously mentioned, it all helps to get people asking questions...Vital when you are trying to grow awareness.

origmarm
04-04-2008, 02:54 AM
I hadn't thought of it that way. I actually quite like the all black design, it looks "blacked out" and custom. Still I reckon if you offerred fully custom paintjobs for a fee i.e. not just a standard job for each racquet, you could probably find a market there.

Russell Finch
04-09-2008, 03:57 AM
In an industry where every colour combination has been used 1000 times, one of the ways to stand out and be noticed is to delibrately not have a "cosmetic". As previously mentioned, it all helps to get people asking questions...Vital when you are trying to grow awareness.

I understand you're going for a different kind of market position to the big boys, but everybody who has asked me about mine has pretty clearly thought it looked like some old relic and were turned off by the appearance. That recent Ace magazine group test also included plenty of negative comments about it's looks. Of course I tell people it plays great but I have only met one guy who was tempted to hit a couple of balls with it.

Personally I think the white looks a bit girly and the black looks like a prototype - is Red going to be added to the standard colour options any time soon? I think that would be a big success and would outsell both black and white comfortably.