Babolat stringing machines history

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  1. ericsson

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    Here the different machines Babolat made over a long period.
    This thread is dedicated to Drakulie

    Babolat history:


    Babolat Multilec 01 (1977)
    Babolat Multilec 02 (1979)
    Babolat Exclusive (1980-81)
    Babolat Starring (1982-83)
    Babolat Star (1984)
    Babolat Multilec 03 (1985)
    Babolat 1001 and 1002
    Babolat 2001 and 2002
    Babolat 2501 and 2502
    Babolat Star 2 (USA)
    Babolat Star 3 (USA)
    Babolat Star 4 (USA)
    Babolat 3001 , 3002 (1990)
    Babolat 3502
    Babolat 4001 , 4002, 4502 (1997)
    Babolat 5502 (1997)
    Babolat Sensor mono and dual
    Babolat Sensor Expert mono and dual
    Babolat Star 5


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    Exclusive on tour 1981:
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    Babolat Starring:

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    1001:

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    Babolat catalogue:

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    2502:

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    3001:

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    3002:

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    3002:

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    3001:

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    More to follow...
     
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    Oh, wow!!! :shock: You weren't kidding when you said you had lots of photos. Thanks for starting the thread.

    I had never seen a Bab Starring e, with the one clamp.


    Are any of these your machine????
     
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    Post #5 looks like a Star 4.
     
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    You're welcome, no none of them are mine but i did strung on some, i have friends who own some of these wonderful machines, some are very old and still going strong, talk about high quality!
     
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    star 2:
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    star 3:

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    star 3 clamps close up:

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    star 4:

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    Could you show a Star 2 with a racket mounted. I can't see how the side arms hold the racket. Thanks.
     
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    steve, here you go. Although this is not from a star 2, it is the same set up.

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    which one is your favorite??? Also, have you even strung on a 5502??
     
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    Drak, that's a tough question but i really like the 2502, very nice and simple machine, a couple years ago i had the chance to buy one in great condition but waited too long...

    No unfortunately never strung on the 5502, that's a very nice machine with a big digital screen, i saw one live, another great machine with digital screen is the 4002.

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    5502: (courtesy Jan Frijters)

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    5502 looks INSANEE i would love to string on ANY of these machines lol
     
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    ericson, those machine look sick! I've seen Jan's 5502 on the photo library project, and I know Richard Parnell has one as well. Lucky *******s. I wonder how many of those were made, and/or still around. Would love to get my hands on one of those.

    Any chance you have the manual for either of those machines? the 5502 or 4002??

    The 4002 is also impressive. I think the one pictured recently sold on auction. about $1500 if my math is correct, but I may be wrong as this seems very cheap.

    what do you know about those machines? what do they do exactly, as far as the computer screen??
     
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    Great Photos ericsson!!!!! Thanks for sharing.:)
     
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    I have a 5502 which is still going strong and a 3502 at home. My first Babolat machine was a Starring "E" (which is not on the list). Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that the 3501 and 5501 were never sold as the clamps are electromagnetic and are on fan plates as opposed to the 3001 & 3002 which are on a slot. The fan plates mean that the clamp would not be able to do both sides.
    Take care.
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    Gracias Richard, the list is based of what i know, if you have more info please contribute. I've put Starring "E" under Starring that's why it's not on the list.

    ps: you are absolutely wright about the clamps of the 3501 and 5501.
     
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    I don't have the manuals for these machines but i'm sure Richard or Janneman (who owns one) can help you out...



    Drak, but i do have this, take a look here:

    As you can see here below, the screen contains lots of information, client files, statistics, RDC input, string info, computer connections etc...

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    The digital screen with various options:

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    ericson, that is so awesome. :) I'm blown away. Do you have that on a PDF file? could you email it to me. Would love to read it. Thanks.




    Senor, Parnell, muchisimas gracias!

    Could you tell us how how pracitical the computer on the 5502 is? How much memory does it store? and what year did you purchase this beauty??? I feel like taking a vacation to Spain just to visit your shop and see this machine in person.

    Lastly, when are you going to sell me this machine? :)

    Thanks!
     
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    Hi Drakulie,
    I bought it in about '97 (I used it at the Marbella and Paris Bercy ATP events) because I really liked its speed, easy clamping and I was looking for a replacement for the Starring.
    It is now going to be more of a liability as there is only one person at Babtec who still knows how to repair them and the spare parts will soon be tailed off. A shame as it is still the best machine I have ever used. There is a slot at the front with a chip reader so all client data is then read off the card as they bring the card and the frame in. It has an interface for connection with the RDC, so I just press a button and all the readings from the RDC go into the clients file. Theoretically the machine can be connected to Babtec by the web and the pc part repaired from there. The PC part is looking dated though but the traction head is so fast every other machine feels slow. A lot of the features were later used on the sensor.
    Whenever you fancy a trip to Spain come down and say hello and the first beers on me !
    Take care,
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    ^^GRACIAS, GRACIAS, GRACIAS. :)

    Too bad Babolat is not making this machine anymore. :( That said, if you ever do get rid of it, don't forget your drinking pal Drakulie is interested. :evil:

    Sounds absolutely unbelievable to string on. I will one day take you up on your offer. I need to visit Spain soon, as my family is from there, and I have never visited. However, although the first beer is on you, the next 10-20 will be on me, as I will probably talk your ears off asking you question, after question.

    Thanks again!!!
     
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    no probs, which part of Spain is your family from?
     
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    ^^^mainly from the Canary Islands.

    where in spain is your shop located?
     
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    Fuengirola (Malaga)
     
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    Multilec 03:

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    4001:

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    awesome thread

    Amazing photos, some Babolat machines here that I heard about, saw maybe at tournaments and then forgot about.
    The comment about fuengirola got me, I was coaching, playing out there in the 80s. Awesome.
     
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    Raging, where did you play while you were around here ?

    The picture above under the heading 3502 is in fact the 4002. Difference is that the 3502 has electromagnetic clamps that lock when you close them and it has the same touch pad as a 3001/2 (and it isn't painted blue !!)
    Take care,
     
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    Richard you're right, my bad! fixed it already.

    ps: do you recall Babolat made a drop weight machine? i forgot the name...
     
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    Richard, I was up at Hoadies for a couple of weeks and then moved down to Marbella. I was very lucky as a former SA davis cupper(you will know who) gave me his apartment for a few weeks and got me the job down at International Tennis Club.(Puerto Banus)
    That was 83! actually played more paddle, there was more money....

    Thanks for this thread you guys.
    still trying to remember a bab dropweight...?
    I am still trying
     
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    Hey I grew up in the house with the arches that overlooks court 5 at Lew Hoads (I used to play the tuesday tournament every week) and have been a friend of Javier Garrido from the Intl.club for many years.
    Still more money in Padel. You would not believe how big it is here !!
    Small world
     
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    I have seen the drop weight but can't remember the name.
     
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    Mr. Parnell, if you came to have to replace your 5502 tomorrow, which machine(s) would you consider, and which would you choose to buy?
     
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    maybe someone should phone eric babolat but he is too young to know!:)
    I am sure ericsson can make a call...

    I remember the tourney...Hoadie had a busted ankle...propped up on the bar..
    his son peter wouldn't let me play! so... I drank beer.
    I went back a couple of years ago...Hoadie gone, his son, daughter , wife -think some english guys were running it.
    International was run by Paul de Wind(sp.) then and he had 6 english pros, 2 belgians and 1 aussie!(working the summer). I couldn't even find it behind the blocks of flats...
    you can't go back.
     
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    ericsson, thanks for the new updates. I LOVE THIS THREAD!!!! YOU THE MAN!



    Interesting conversation going on. Small world isn't it?



    anyway, I'm a bit confused. Which machine is the 3502?? Any Pictures???

    I'm also interested to hear which machine, Richard would choose if he had to pick one today.
     
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    Peter is now in Oz and his two sisters still live here & Jenny is still here and still plays on the senior circuit. Lew's Club has been bought by a Spanish couple and now has lost court 5 which has been changed into 4 paddle courts. If you do a search you can find their web & see for your self.
    As for my next machine........ I have few ideas but nothing definite.
    Drak the 3502 has the same turntable as the 5502 but with the controls of the 3000 series machine.
    Take care
     
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    That is the starring "E" (the "E" part comes from the electric tension screen) That machine had the best moving clamp I have ever used. You could make it swivel with no effort and it locked automatically as you take the string out of the two metal separators just behind the string gripping plate in the tension head.
     
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    ^^ Richard, that is an amazing function. It's great that you are sharing so much information with us.




    ericson, here is another video. A gentleman in Italy stringing on a 5502. Although the video is made to be funny, and one can't really see the 5502 in action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFsnct1p7_w


    Perhaps Mr. Parnell one day will be kind enough to share some of his photos/vids of his 5502 or even 3502. :)
     
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    Drak, great videos, i just love that starring E :)
     
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    yes brilliant videos, I think it was the 2502 that I got instruction on in Besancon,
    still got no idea! Fortunately for everyone I am not stringing, watching these videos makes me want to buy a machine.
    thanks
    don't want to hijack but does ericsson know any more on bab RPM Blast string?
    apologies..need expertise in other thread!
     
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    Hi Drak, take a look here, you should be able to read it now:


    (Bedankt Jan!)
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    ^^^ericsson, that is awesome. Thanks for re-loading it and making it bigger. I'm getting more and more envious of those with this machine.

    I'm curious if the 4002 has these features.
     
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    ok you guys stop it...I am hooked...business is slow...I must have one of these
    machines...!
    maybe Babolat will cut me a deal on a Star 5! Or I will have to do a little internet surfing....maybe a used star 4!
     
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    ^^^^Hahaha.

    I already have a star 4, which I absolutely love. However, I am now hooked on this 5502. It just looks so sweet.

    <<<<have to string at least one frame on one of them>>>>

     
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    Thanks for posting the pics and info Ericsson, a great thread!

    Drak for your info I'm pretty sure this is the one that I used to string on from what I can see of the picture:

    So not a Star 3 at all but a 1001 it would appear. Apologies for the mistake, it's been a while

    Cheers, Orig
     

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