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Rock Strongo
04-15-2010, 04:51 AM
http://i40.tinypic.com/14c90k0.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/1zyvh9l.jpg
Got it from a flea market. Haven't played with it yet, Seems very loosely strung but it's a great novelty item! Have anyone played with this racquet before?

Rock Strongo
04-15-2010, 04:53 AM
An interesting thing is that you have to take out the strings from the hoop to string this thing. Must be a pain to string this. It's like a Seamco. I'll also say that it's a pain to remove the string hoop from the racquet.

dekko1
04-15-2010, 05:39 AM
That looks really cool, never seen it!

jimbo333
04-15-2010, 07:58 AM
Very very cool:)

coachrick
04-15-2010, 11:36 AM
An interesting thing is that you have to take out the strings from the hoop to string this thing. Must be a pain to string this. It's like a Seamco. I'll also say that it's a pain to remove the string hoop from the racquet.

Hmmm...tried to post earlier but the TW site is acting a bit strange today.

We had ONE Tretorn racket in the shop early on('73-4?). I don't recall that we ever sold it(it was prestrung) and it probably ended up in the shop owner's garage :) .

I had plenty of experience stringing the Seamco. One USC(the original) player used the Ken Rosewall with 15ga Victor Imperial uncoated gut...THAT was a pain to string! MANY years later, I strung one for a tennis shop that had taken it in 'by mistake'. The shop owner couldn't believe that I could string it from memory. The pattern was actually similar to the Wilson T-2,3,4,5000 series.

Rock Strongo
04-15-2010, 11:49 AM
Hmmm...tried to post earlier but the TW site is acting a bit strange today.

We had ONE Tretorn racket in the shop early on('73-4?). I don't recall that we ever sold it(it was prestrung) and it probably ended up in the shop owner's garage :) .

I had plenty of experience stringing the Seamco. One USC(the original) player used the Ken Rosewall with 15ga Victor Imperial uncoated gut...THAT was a pain to string! MANY years later, I strung one for a tennis shop that had taken it in 'by mistake'. The shop owner couldn't believe that I could string it from memory. The pattern was actually similar to the Wilson T-2,3,4,5000 series.
Then you could probably string this since it looks very goofy to string. First, remove the string ring, then mount it, find out where the mains start, unclamp it from stringer because you clamped it down the wrong way and so on:P But stringing a Seamco with 15g uncoated nat gut out of memory, that's amazing. Do you still think you could do it?


(not related to reply, but sepatare post) I'll hit with it tomorrow and see how it feels. It's 18x19 and looks to have been strung with.... i don't know, but review against a wall tomorrow.

coachrick
04-15-2010, 12:34 PM
Then you could probably string this since it looks very goofy to string. First, remove the string ring, then mount it, find out where the mains start, unclamp it from stringer because you clamped it down the wrong way and so on:P But stringing a Seamco with 15g uncoated nat gut out of memory, that's amazing. Do you still think you could do it?

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The mounting for the Tretorn was probably easier on the old machines as compared to today's multi-point mounting set-ups. :)
The key to stringing a Seamco or Hart racket for me would be getting set up and started. Maybe I could 'channel' my old self and make it through. NO 15ga gut this time, if you please! :)

Rock Strongo
04-15-2010, 12:39 PM
The mounting for the Tretorn was probably easier on the old machines as compared to today's multi-point mounting set-ups. :)
The key to stringing a Seamco or Hart racket for me would be getting set up and started. Maybe I could 'channel' my old self and make it through. NO 15ga gut this time, if you please! :)

Oh yes, and this time, make it a spaghetti job!:twisted:

rodracquet
10-04-2010, 12:11 AM
Well if you found one of these at the flea market for a dollar it could be one of the most valuable racquets you have because there are many collectors who just dream of finding one. They are rare as hens teeth and will go for good money on fboy if correctly listed.

A great find.....Rod http://www.tennishistory.com.au

Where you will see a blue aluminium version.

Rock Strongo
10-04-2010, 04:52 AM
Well if you found one of these at the flea market for a dollar it could be one of the most valuable racquets you have because there are many collectors who just dream of finding one. They are rare as hens teeth and will go for good money on fboy if correctly listed.

A great find.....Rod http://www.tennishistory.com.au

Where you will see a blue aluminium version.

Wow... If i knew about that i'd buy the other one aswell...

Rock Strongo
09-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Almost exactly a year later, I've got hold of 2 more! (the one in the OP is sold since well ago) As soon as I get home again I'll construct a little instructable on changing the string beds!

Here's the HowTo guide!

Start with racquet and separate string bed
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2248.jpg

Slide grip up along the racquet
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2249.jpg

Remove butt cap screw and pull off the grip from the racquet (featuring a cameo from my toe!)
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2250.jpg

Unscrew yoke screw and pop out string bed
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2251.jpg

Rock Strongo
09-22-2011, 11:52 AM
Take new string bed and pop it in, preferrably in a properly lighted room as it can be fiddly
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2252.jpg

screw yoke screw in place, this requires that you push the yoke inwards
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2256.jpg

Add butt cap and grip, and you're ready to hit the court! And yes, that to the left is an N64 and the other thing is my foot (again)
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x359/SwedeWithAnAccent/SAM_2259.jpg

rodracquet
12-09-2011, 02:09 AM
Very nice that you can find these.....well done as this looks a very nice example....

Steve Huff
12-10-2011, 06:34 PM
The 1st one looks like it still has a set of Victor Imperial Natural Gut in it. Neat racket too. I am so envious.

Rock Strongo
12-11-2011, 12:01 PM
The 1st one looks like it still has a set of Victor Imperial Natural Gut in it. Neat racket too. I am so envious.

Back then I don't think I've ever heard of Victor Imperial. Maybe I should've known before I sold it...