Babolat first generation

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  1. chrischris

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    Yes the Soft was a nice bat.. Once i had a few of those and a few years later i had 2 of Moyas personal rackets.. think they may have been Softs in Pure Drive PJ actually.
     
  2. RDS001

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    sorry to bother you, but could you tell me, for how much would you consider selling one of those, cause I just bought one for just 9 euros(the guy who sold it to me knew nothing about it being classic frame), so I'm very happy to have it in my collection, but if I ever consider selling it how much would you ask for yours?
     
  3. chrischris

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    Are you looking for Soft Drives? might have access to a few soon..
     
  4. ericsson

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    I'm sorry, can't answer that one, no RDC in the house. It plays lower then 72 but it is quite a solid stick so it should be somewhere between 66-70 my opinion.
     
  5. ericsson

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    You are very Lucky indeed! Price is hard to say, all depends what the buyer want to give, they are very rare that's for sure, the first ones were only available in France and were quite limited. Very hard to put a price on...
     
  6. RDS001

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    thanks for your input, really appreciate it..yeah this one is first gen, with specs listed in France, great find, can't wait to try it out tomorrow, luckly for me and my collection people here in Croatia know hardly anything about racquets, for instance yesterday I swapped my modified Kblade in horrible condition for 10/10 LM RADICAL TOUR..they only appreciate pure drives, aeros and stuff like that, not that those are bad frames, but despite being youger I prefer more traditional frames :))
     
  7. ericsson

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    Pure Drive history with original cover:

    1994 (the original)
    1995/96
    1997
    1999
    2001

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  8. RDS001

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    Babolat Soft Control, I can only say wow, what a frame, never played with anything quite like that, I'm never selling that thing, the frame is so good, stable, great spin, nice thin beam, awesome feel, just performing well from all areas of the court, unbeliveble, I think I found my Holy Grale :))
     
  9. boinz

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    this is one very informative thread I always come back here if i need any earlier Babolat resources.

    Thank you Ericsson and congrats on the excellent find
     
  10. boinz

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    looking at this SW, I actually got the double line edition, i'm happy :)
     
  11. toddrobert38

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    Amazing thread. Never knew what I didn't know about Babolats. Could've sworn I first hit with Pure Drive in 93 but it seems like I've got the year wrong. Quite the museum Ericsson.
     
  12. ericsson

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    Thank you for the kind words, happy to help...
     
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    Again, great thread Ericsson. Did you ever play with these soft controls, and were they graphite/fibreglass do you know?

    Do you play with any of the amazing racquets in your collection, or do they hang on your wall and you just admire them? A seller on fleabay had a soft drive 2nd gen recently and damn it was a great looking racquet......
     
  14. ericsson

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    Yes, if they are not brand new i'll play them (mostly a brief hit). The soft controls were 80% graph / 20% Fiberglass.

    As i had too many of these older Babolats over the years i've sold a bunch of them, the rest is now in boxes waiting to be hanged together with the rest of my collection (working on a wall system to hang rackets).
     
  15. mctennis

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    Great pics and great thread. Thanks Ericsson.
     

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