Babolat Aeropro Drive Original NEW!!

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  1. gavan55

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    Hi all,

    I'm new to this forum and wanted to share pics of a brand new Babolat APD original I just took delivery of. I know some people recommend against buying from the big auction site, but I'm a long time user and always deal with reputable sellers with high volumes of sales and good feedback.

    In this case, I was lucky enough to find this gem from a sports store liquidation sale in Belgium. Picked it up for $150 including shipping - brand new with promo tag and wrapped handle.

    I have two other Aeropro Drives non-cortex so knew what to look for in terms of authenticity.

    Hope APD fans will enjoy these pics.


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  2. ricki

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    are you giving it away?
     
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  3. gavan55

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    It's been the holy grail for me ever since I first hit with an APD original - finding an NOS one. Can't be giving away my new baby hehe.
     
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  4. Rorsach

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    That's ff'ing expensive right there. Saw a bunch of these a couple of months back in a Babolat outlet store for half that amount. They don't have that expensive collectible status (yet).

    Still a great racquet and a nice wallhanger.
     
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  5. gavan55

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    Really, did you grab them? I would have taken the lot at that price. I'm surprised Babolat stores would still have these though.

    Another APD non cortex NOS one is currently on the auction site for $350 starting bid. Now that's expensive!!
     
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    You lucky git :)
     
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    These commonly get bidded up to $300.00 in NOS condition, so very nice purchase there. I remember someone paying $400.00 this past summer.

    As a long time use of the oAPD, it's an absolutely great racquet! Likely the best Babolat ever. So, very nice find and GREAT deal!
     
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  8. gavan55

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    Thank you P.Floyd and definitely agree with you. Coming off the Wilson K Blade 98, I used the APD GT 2010 for a few years, then tried a friend's non cortex and was hooked. Love the feel of it, and the awesome paint job. Makes me wonder why Babolat don't go back to darker shade for new iterations of the APD. Although it seems to be headed that way based on the last two models.
     
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  9. ArliHawk

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    Wish they'd rerelease this as the APD Classic.
     
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  10. v-verb

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    Nice find!!
     
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    babolat outlet store? do you live in france?
     
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    Nope, in The Netherlands. I should've picked up the lot seeing those crazy numbers out there.
     
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  13. Readers

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    Nice find. I think this is the one Nadal actually uses.
     
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  14. gavan55

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    yes it is. This forum is where I learnt of this fact. Lots of photo evidence of his actual APDs with painted on "cortex".
     
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    Rorsach, have you been back to the Babolat Outlet store? Wish we had them here in OZ.
     
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    Yes! Great idea.
     
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  17. gavan55

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    yes, like the PS85 rerelease, as long as it's identical to original
     
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  18. v-verb

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    Got 2 on the way - a NOS (not as reasonable as yours OP) and a player. Can't wait.

    Why do you like the Originals vs the Cortex ones?
     
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  19. mad dog1

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    not as stiff and offers better feel
     
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  20. v-verb

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    Thanks mad dog1!
     
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  21. dgbeclih600

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    I just got one too used for 150 havent strung it yet cause I'm nursing a lower back muscle strain. quick question what should i string it with rpm blast or anything else any you guys recommend? and im a afraid i wont like i been playing witht the babolat APD cortex since 08. any thoughts thank.
     
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  22. mad dog1

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    i have my apdo strung w/ yptp 16/17 in the mid 40s and it plays great. IMO poly at low tensions is the key for this stick. syn guy hybrids don't work for me.
     
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  23. gavan55

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    v-verb, same as mad dog1, for me it's the feel. The cosmetics also plays a big part - always preferred to wield darker colored racquets. I skipped the first yellow cortex, tried the GT and didn't like it.
     
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  24. v-verb

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    Thanks gavan55!

    Interesting thing - your sticks and mine are similar - check my sig

    Cheers!
     
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    Agree re the feel factor with these APD/O frames... Q. Maybe I'm remembering this wrong but didn't you find it a tad heavier than you normally like?
     
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  26. gavan55

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    Wow v-verb, I'm way behind you in the PS85 stakes. Only have one so far. I was lucky finding mine.
     
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  27. v-verb

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    Hey gavan,

    I got lucky - but there's one cheap in the for sale for $105 last time I checked. One of my 3 looked like it was only hit with for 10 minutes - it's almost mint!

    Cheers
     
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    mad dog turned into mod dog and made it work! :lol:
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, Nadal still plays with the original non-cortex version. I know that his racquets are just painted to match with the current retail version. If you look closely at his racquets, the cortex and built-in racquet vibration dampeners are painted, and I've seen several (from one seller) of Nadal's current version on the bay that went for $130 last month.

    Also I've seen the original APD sold for $90 shipped in 9/10 condition. It just boggles me seeing someone pay so much more for an older version racquet with no collectable status (yet... as mentioned in an earlier post). Supply and demand I guess.
     
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  30. v-verb

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    mad dog1

    please share your tips?

    thanks!
     
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  31. v-verb

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    i paid way too much for my new condition one. If anyone sees them for under $100 shipped in 9/10 condition I'll buy them
     
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  32. o0lunatik

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    As long as you get the satisfaction out of it, it'll be worth it. The original version feels better than any that followed to date. I'm always buying and selling stuff and will definitely let you know if I come across another original.
     
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    yes o0lunatik, Nadal still plays with the oAPD (non cortex). There are threads in this forum where his actual racquets are shown and the painted on cortex your speak of is obvious. I see you have the 11' and 13' GT versions. Have you tried the non cortex before - a world of difference. Although it's each to their own in terms of preference and feel.
     
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    v-verb, if you got yours from the big auction place, I'm guessing you were the winning bid on a nos one that I saw go for quite a bit recently. At the end of the day, as long as you're happy and it's not everyday you can get your hands on them. You'll love it!!
     
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  35. mad dog1

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    i punched holes all along the bumper to reduce the weight by 2 grams which brings the swingweight down by 5pts. put a leather grip and added poster putty under the trap door in the handle changing the balance to more HL. Static weight is now 11.95 oz and balance is at 32 cm. feels a bit sluggish and blobby on serves, but i found that if i choke up just a little, that takes care of the sluggishness.
     
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  36. v-verb

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    Thanks o0lunatik!
     
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  37. v-verb

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    Thanks Gavan, yes that was me. He came down a lot on his price and a used one got over $300 so I did it. Took a lot of rationalizing though!


    Wow I may try some tailweighting and if I can find a spare bumper, trimming that too!

    Thanks!
     
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  38. o0lunatik

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    Thanks for the confirm, and I agree that there is a world of a difference between the orignal and '13 version. I have tried my friend's oAPD and felt very connected with the ball (strung with same string I have been using... tour bite). I have actually looked into purchasing the original plus version but found nothing reasonable enough and as a pair at the time. So, I ended picking up the '13 GT+ version b/c I really like the power and spin and not b/c of the hype around it. Then I picked up an '11 APDGT FO at a steal of a price and converted half inch to the plus version which I found was 2pt head heavier and slighty more powerful than the '13s. So I leaded up the '13s to match the balance. I keep my '11 as a practice and new string tryout racquet.

    Whoever said newer is better anyways?
     
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  39. gavan55

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    oOlunatik, I haven't tested the 13' model but my mate tells me it's closer in feel to the original than any other APD since.

    There are 4 oAPDs currently on the auction site (UK), in great nick and with very low reserve.

    v-verb, do share pics of yours when they arrive.
     
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  40. Anton

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    I'm using Mantis 285 to recreate Nadal spec and really am loving the result - you get better feel and more customization options, hell it even takes Tk82s grip pallets.

    For $300 you get two new ones ;)
     
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  41. v-verb

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    Found your review!

    Comments: Great platform frame for big spin modern game. Bought this racket to recreate Nadal's racquet spec in a slightly slimmer frame that is not as stiff as retail Babolat AeroPro Drive. Very happy with the result, heavy duty spin and power with good control. String bed response is very consistent and the feel is similar but fuller and smoother the then Babolat AeroPro Drive. Torsional stability is adequate without any lead on 3 and 9. One caveat is the grip, which is almost as oval as Head classic shape and a butt cap that is on the small side. I was able to address both by distributing lead in a way that bulked up the longer pallet sides (making it more square) and double wrapping the synthetic grip at the base (increasing flare at the bottom). 11g Lead on top from first to last main, 17g lead on the lower handle = 11.9oz, ~350SW, 5pts HL balance.
    From: Anton, 5/12
    String type and tension: Signum Pro Hyperion 16, 58lbs
     
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  42. Nostradamus

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    So like are you going to play with this or just admire it ? since Rafa is still using this frame. Maybe you can sell it to Rafa for $5000 or so when they run out of this stuff.
     
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  43. v-verb

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    Shall do Gavan - thanks!
     
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  44. v-verb

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    Play with them of course. I doubt Rafa will run out of his frames since he probably generates millions for Babolat.


    And racquets aren't that pricey these days. In the 80's POGs were $300 and Price Borons were $500. I'm surprised you can get top notch frames for $200 and under.
     
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    I've got to admit, I have no intention of stringing the nos anytime soon. Just like my vinnie, quite enjoy having it to admire as nostradamus says - yes, I need help hehe. I dont play comp, so my current playing apd suffices for now.
     
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  46. Anton

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    Yep that's me.

    Mantis 285 is my go-to spin racket - newer APDs are just too stiff and middle heavy for me.

    I did adjust the lead a bit - moved about 3 grams from top of the loop to 3&9 for a bit lower swingweight and more stability. Also swapped in the pallets from Head Speed line (TK82s) and added silicone to offset pallet weight difference - Perfect.
     
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  47. Sundan

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    Is it the blueish/black with yellow stripes that is the original ?

    If so,are they better or worse on the arm than the newer gt and 2013 versions ?
     
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  48. Bud

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    Love this frame! It was my frame of choice for a few years before the 2012 PDR was released.

    I'm afraid since Roddick retired they'll may also retire the PDR... have to stock up! :)

    What is the grip size on your NOS APD?
     
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  49. Sundan

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    Nice,i have a chance to get one cheap,its not mint condition so its just for playing if i would pick it up.
     
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  50. v-verb

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    Go for it!
     
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