Another old beauty: Völkl Match FCS

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  1. Tacco

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    Hi there, I was wondering if someone can tell me anything about this old Völkl I've just found. It's in great, near mint condition, and even though I'm not an expert (this is my first frame of this brand, I collect only austrian Head frames...) I really couldn't leave it there. It was love at first sight with its Made in West Germany sticker and with its very fine global quality.
    So, if you played with it, or just know its specs or year of construction...

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  2. Tacco

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    And some more...

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  3. retrowagen

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    Looks like it came from the same mould as the T9-30, and its design and the "Made in Western Germany" label would place its construction very close to the year 1988 (very close to the end of German tennis production for the company). I believe it's a more flexible / cheaper racquet than the T9 series (which Petr Korda and a few other pros used at the time).
     
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  4. Tacco

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    Thank you retro, it's very interesting!
    I played with it last week for a few time, and I honestly think it's not so flexible (in general: I never played with a T9, or other Volkl). I usually play with a i.Prestige MP XL, and this MATCH FCS seems quite similar... but I don't know what kind of strings and tension we're talking about...
    Ettore
     
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  5. Dino Lagaffe

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    I need to update my RDC-log...

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=308724

    The Match FCS is in my collection, and I played with it this fall, but I haven't measured it yet. While it didn't play like a very stiff racquet, it didn't play like a very flexible one either (like my flexy Rossignols for instance). It's been a while, but I remember liking it, it felt quite "modern". Have to play it again to be able to give a proper review.
     
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  6. Tacco

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    It's the same impression I had playing with it, Dino!
    Ettore
     
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  7. dje31

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    Nice find!
     
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  8. Dino Lagaffe

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    Hi Ettore!

    I played with the Match FCS for an hour saturday, and checked the specs in the rdc-machine today. The specs first:

    Völkl Match FCS
    (with overgrip, strung with Völkl PowerFibre I @ 20 kg / 44lbs)

    Weight: 361 g / 12.73 oz
    SW: 315
    Flex: 53
    Balance: 31.25 cm

    It's a nice playing racquet, and I wouldn't hesitate to play with it again. I like heavy and rather flexible bats, and this one fits that description. The rather low SW meant that one can whip it around in spite of the 361 g weight. It plays true to specs, maybe apart from the flex, as I thought it was slightly stiffer when I played with it. It felt solid and comfortable from the baseline, but I didn't serve and volley enough to say anything about it.
     
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  9. Tacco

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    Thanks a lot Dino for the specs...
    Yes, I thought it was stiffer too after have been playing with it...
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  10. frinton

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    Hi guys, I used to play with a very similar stick, back when I was a kid. My dad owned 2 of them and after I tried his I received my own. It was a good racket - the obvious difference is, that if I remember correctly, what is yellow on your stick was in red on mine. I wish I still had it some where... Does anybody know what my racket was, what the specs were etc.? If anybody has one, I wouldn't mind getting one for sentimental reasons.
     
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  12. frinton

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    The main color was like yours though, dark grey I think. Unless it was sold with different PJs.
     
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  13. MauricioDias

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    really nice frame, simple and beaultifull paintjob
     
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    Beautiful, Batman-look...
     
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  15. frinton

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    you sold it already, yeah?
     
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