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Bud
01-23-2009, 01:12 PM
sadly, the silver graphite tour (81 sq.) is the only head i currently have in this mold. Head edge was at least as good as 200g, ps 85, r22, f200, etc. apparently there was even a version with the us flag...doubt anyone can name another stick that felt so right!!!! guess their old stencils were more badass afterall....
as far as percentages....Jorel (coolest name ever btw), they are useless, even if you found the exact molds and process; the type of graphite and fiberglass they used is no longer around, the graphite used back then was like thick coarse strands of horse-tail hair. That's why old school racquets have a feel and dwell time that cannot be duped, that's why new school 200$ racquets feel like petrified dog *****, and obscure "worthless" racquets are invaluable and priceless:
http://i39.tinypic.com/2qippw1.jpg

Plasma... I noticed a particular racquet hanging on your wall... the Head Graphite Tour 600

I don't know much about this particular frame, but somehow ended up with 2 frames very similar. Mine are called Head Tour 600 (not Graphite Tour 600)

What is the history and why is it so special it made your 'wall of fame'? :) I notice on mine the Star Trek font and the graphics are similar to other racquets from the early 90's like the 2nd generation Head Graphite Pro. The graphics on yours are more similar to the Tour XL, Trisys 270, PT 280/630, etc. Also, yours has that funky set of "snakeskin" grommets at the throat that my Trisys 270 had.

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I just weighed and balanced mine:

Head Tour 600
12.3 oz.
9pts. HL

plasma
01-23-2009, 02:02 PM
I got the graphite tour 600 since it looks identical to a trysis 270...i got a trysis 270 as a kid from the haddasah thrift store that used to be on Brighton Ave., since I couldn't afford the prestige i wanted .....everyone made fun of my trysis 270, claiming it wasn't a real prestige. Yet even today I respect its unique perfect balance, similar to the older elektra pro or prestige pro....
http://i41.tinypic.com/nxszma.jpg

Bud
01-23-2009, 02:06 PM
I got the graphite tour 600 since it looks identical to a trysis 270...i got a trysis 270 as a kid from the haddasah thrift store that used to be on Brighton Ave., since I couldn't afford the prestige i wanted .....everyone made fun of my trysis 270, claiming it wasn't a real prestige. Yet even today I respect its unique perfect balance, similar to the older elektra pro or prestige pro....


I agree... although the beam width is similar to the 2nd generation Graphite Pro (whereas the original version is much thinner), it's a very comfortable, solid racquet.

plasma
01-23-2009, 03:08 PM
which racquets (including the the prestige pros and the elektra pro) have that thinner original prestige mold?

MichaelChang
01-23-2009, 04:28 PM
The Graphite Tour 600 is the same as the Trisys 270 Mid. The one sold in US is called Trisys 270, the one sold in Europe/Asia is called Graphite Tour 600. When it was released(in mid/late 90s) I was in China, and I bought one Graphite Tour 660 (the midplus version). Then later when I was in US, I bought a Trisys 270 Mid. The 270 Mid has a thicker beam than Prestige 600. And the 270 Mid does not fit the Prestige mid Cap grommets, yes they do not fit. The drilling pattern is slightly different around 4 o'clock.

Virginia
01-23-2009, 07:00 PM
So does the 270 Mid have the cap grommets like the Prestige Tour 600?

plasma
01-23-2009, 07:43 PM
Hi Virginia,
I know you love beautiful racquets as much as I do, so I snapped these for you. I acquired the Elektra in the same way that you got your Prestige (for a song). Dig the jade green original half CAPS...I bet the stringer threw in the power pads because he/she cared for their customers, back before they were continually programmed to upsell the latest sweatshop crap...as far as I know txp's were the first full CAP's, but I'm no head expert....enjoy!!!
http://i42.tinypic.com/15ttfd.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/20jg2kk.jpg

Virginia
01-23-2009, 09:40 PM
Very nice, plasma! :)

MichaelChang
01-24-2009, 05:36 AM
So does the 270 Mid have the cap grommets like the Prestige Tour 600?

No. the 270 comes with regular grommets/bumper. And the beam is thicker so regular prestige Mid Caps will not fit it.

Bud
01-24-2009, 09:47 AM
The Graphite Tour 600 is the same as the Trisys 270 Mid. The one sold in US is called Trisys 270, the one sold in Europe/Asia is called Graphite Tour 600. When it was released(in mid/late 90s) I was in China, and I bought one Graphite Tour 660 (the midplus version). Then later when I was in US, I bought a Trisys 270 Mid. The 270 Mid has a thicker beam than Prestige 600. And the 270 Mid does not fit the Prestige mid Cap grommets, yes they do not fit. The drilling pattern is slightly different around 4 o'clock.

How about the regular Tour 600? It's a wide beam with the Star Trek font. I'll post some pics here, shortly.

Bud
01-24-2009, 10:40 AM
Here are some pics and a link to additional pics:

http://picasaweb.google.com/sbinsdca/HeadTour600012409#


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SXtuIOTVcoI/AAAAAAAAF50/s_WH_06qqEA/s800/P1040471.JPG


http://lh4.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SXtuI-_5yDI/AAAAAAAAF58/1rxoIOSc7Mg/s800/P1040472.JPG


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SXtuPkkT9hI/AAAAAAAAF6o/AxlzTXMhqME/s800/P1040477.JPG


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_RLIYzXhfZQ0/SXtuSnIg-_I/AAAAAAAAF64/U1b3w-3am3I/s800/P1040479.JPG

plasma
03-02-2009, 01:17 AM
that's digital font, star trek font are similar to standard 600 font but the letters are filled in. It looks like the font exactly from star trek. Play is supposed to be soft and out of this world as well. I have a new prestige classic 600 and a used one. Both are non-trek font and "designed in Austria". Trek Font is labeled "made in Austria"

Bud
03-02-2009, 08:26 AM
that's digital font, star trek font are similar to standard 600 font but the letters are filled in. It looks like the font exactly from star trek. Play is supposed to be soft and out of this world as well. I have a new prestige classic 600 and a used one. Both are non-trek font and "designed in Austria". Trek Font is labeled "made in Austria"

These two play really soft, too.

I'll have to write that down... DIGITAL FONT :)

retrowagen
03-02-2009, 02:13 PM
To clear up things a little: The Graphite Tour 600 is the same frame as the Trisys 270 Mid. It was offered in 1993 only. The Trisys 270 was a model name for North America. This was the mid one step below the Prestige Tour 300 in that year. Its mold looks quite similar to the PT300 but there are subtle differences, particularly in the drilling pattern. Those two throat grommet pieces fit into open slots in the throat bridge and the drilling pattern is moderately different than that of the PT300/PC600 (although they're both 600 cm2 18x20's). The GT600/TS270 Mid was not compatible or available with a CAP grommet system. Both the PT300 and TS270 (and their European-market cousins) were available as 630cm2 midplusses concurrently. I have a Trisys 270 Midplus kicking around here somewhere.

The Tour 600 ("digital font") appears to be of the same constant-beam 600 cm2 widebody mold first seen on the 1989 Match Pro. If this is the case, it's probably a cheaper frame which would have been marketed towards club players or beginners in the European market in the mid-90's. The Match Pro was made in Taiwan, however, not Austria.

Bud
03-02-2009, 04:43 PM
To clear up things a little: The Graphite Tour 600 is the same frame as the Trisys 270 Mid. It was offered in 1993 only. The Trisys 270 was a model name for North America. This was the mid one step below the Prestige Tour 300 in that year. Its mold looks quite similar to the PT300 but there are subtle differences, particularly in the drilling pattern. Those two throat grommet pieces fit into open slots in the throat bridge and the drilling pattern is moderately different than that of the PT300/PC600 (although they're both 600 cm2 18x20's). The GT600/TS270 Mid was not compatible or available with a CAP grommet system. Both the PT300 and TS270 (and their European-market cousins) were available as 630cm2 midplusses concurrently. I have a Trisys 270 Midplus kicking around here somewhere.

The Tour 600 ("digital font") appears to be of the same constant-beam 600 cm2 widebody mold first seen on the 1989 Match Pro. If this is the case, it's probably a cheaper frame which would have been marketed towards club players or beginners in the European market in the mid-90's. The Match Pro was made in Taiwan, however, not Austria.

Thanks for the info, RW! :)

plasma
03-03-2009, 12:22 AM
green and grey model is supposedly not tinny as well, softer, like the original trek font 600. The two 600's (classic and tour) in my wilbur-sized photo are not Trek Font. Plasma aint no trekky (unfortunatley).