Discussion in 'Racquets' started by TennisMaverick, Jan 7, 2011.
Ask on forum, someone may have one or two.
I have one in grip size 4 3/8. 9.5/10. I used it for like 3 hours or so. let me know if you are interested. I also string rackets so I could string it up as well if you do not have a stringer.
I have one too that's barely used. PM me if interested.
think mine is 4 1/2"
Any new BB frames?
Any Melbourne users still out there ? I figured I would try to revive this thread since it appears that multiple retailers have come into some supply of this frame again. Not sure if they are newly manufactured or old stock. Anyone know ?
interesting, thanks for the heads up.
I still use em...have 4.
They're new rackets. Becker re-released them. This was confirmed by TW staff awhile back. They are NOT "New-old-stock".
Ordered 2 new BB's. gave away my old ones in the spring as they had a lot mileage on them even though they were spotless I was not using them much. I feel like a frame can break down after so many string jobs and hours on court. Started playing a couple times a week again and in some dubs tournaments and miss my old Melby's.
Got out and played my first match with the Melbourne's today. won 6-0, 6-2. Power level is so much better than the 200GMW, I was shocked at how effortless I was pasting corners with good pop and spin. I have the standard grips which are more square than the attiva pallets on my old melbournes, but because I am not playing a ton, I think this summer I will try to just get used to these. The only place I was off was on my serve where the 5/8" grip along with a boxier grip shape was messing me up a bit, but other wise I quickly found my groove from all parts of the court. I went with 17G Gosen micro sheep and to my surprise, really liked the feel of this string. I have them strung at 58# and they were very comfy. for less than $5.00 a set, this may be the best kept secret in tennis. Glad TW brought these back as for match play, I have not found a frame that better suits me that this one. Sure I stray to other frames looking for the Goat, but If I have to go into a match, I think the Melbourne is reliable, versatile and has an excellent power level that I had forgotten about. Great stick..
I picked up 2 melbournes when they came back in stock at TW recently. Couldn't agree more, this racquet is a real sleeper. I was searching for a racquet with more control than my C10 pros and this frame more than fills the bill with an equal amount of comfort. The thing I like the best about this frame is that the denser 18x20 string pattern allows me to swing out more with confidence the ball will stay in the court. The other thing I appreciate is I can use a more comfortable multi string and still have great control. Currently using PPC 17 at 55 lbs. No need for poly in this frame to gain control which is a real plus in my book.
After getting out 3 times this week, I am feeling like the swing weight on these new releases is a bit higher than the originals I had from 3 years ago. The weight and balance feel the same in hand, but they feel heavier than I remember when I am playing. I had my old ones weighted up at 3:00 & 9:00 and I would not even think of doing that with these right now. It may be just an adjustment period, moving from my much easier swinging 200g Mw"s. Next time I see my pal I gave my old ones to, I'll have to compare and see if there is something there, or if it's just my old age creeping up on me. My opponent who I hit with regularly thought I was hitting much bigger today than our last outing, where I was using my Dunlops. The mass and balance of this frame really allows for a relaxed swing that results in good spin and depth with relative ease. The Gosen string was moving around a lot today and it shows why its a $3.00+ string. Still played well, but I haven't had to realign my strings in a racket in years and it was driving me a little nuts today.
I still love the Melbournes. Had to take several months off the game for a hip replacement, when I got back out it felt like an old friend in hand.
I just bought from TW the Becker Melbourne and am currently play-testing. I'm a one-handed backhand, all court player. I've been using the Volkl Tour 10 V-E Mid for 10 years and love it. Even though I take good care and don't throw my frames, the T10VE Mids are getting pretty old and I thought I might try something new. I almost pulled the trigger on a Volkl PB10 Mid since so many people rave, but the price was right on the Melbourne so I thought I'd give it a try. It's only been three days of testing, but I have some initial thoughts. BTW, I always use Yonex 850 Pro string at racquet's mid-tension.
- The Melbourne has quite a bit more pop than my old T10VE Mids.
- Even with the additional power, the control seems excellent.
- This racquet is tailor-made for deep, driving backhand slice.
- Volleys are crisp, stable and precise.
- Serve control is also pinpoint. I was a bit worried because I've had a bit of directional control on serves with previous mid-plus frames I've tried.
- Only downside so far is my topspin backhands are landing a bit long. Next string job I may go a few lbs. higher to see if that helps.
- I've always used 4 5/8ths grip (with Tourna Grip overwrap) and on the Melbourne the grip feels a bit bulky. I think once the stock grip compresses a bit with use it should be OK. I wonder if others have noticed Becker grips running larger than other brands?
I plan on playing some matches next week using the Melbourne and report back. It will be interesting to see if I can take full cuts with the Melbourne like I can with the V-Engine Mid. I've been hoping for a racquet with the laser control of the V-E, but with a bit more pop. So far, so good.
Melbourne is the only frame I can consistently use a driving slice as a an aggressive shot with. If I play dirt ballers or young top spin players, where I know I will be out there for a while, I have used the slice successfully as an offensive shot, and it really takes some players by surprise. My 1HBH topspin drive is extremely dependable and predictable with this frame, so having the slice as an alternates shot is great to have in the tool belt. I use to use a Poly gut hybrid in this frame, but I have found that good synthetics and multi also work well with this frame, and I don't seem to be losing any spin or weight of shot by not using a poly so far. Relaxed loose swings work best with this frame, ( as with any frame) and it is so solid from all areas of the court that my mindset is always to go out and play as much all court tennis as possible every time I step on the court as there are no real weakness with this frame. I have gotten acclimated with the Becker grip shape and it really has not posed any issues. Happy I went back to this frame. 3 years and counting and still love it as much as the first time I hit with it. Sphinx how's the hip holding up?
Played a tough Clay match yesterday. Lost 4-6,-2-6 after 3 hours against a much younger opponent. Serving and returns were solid. My ground game was a bit off today though. I was hitting out a lot flatter than usual, don't know why, but I hit more un forced errors than usual and that was the difference. No shoulder issues which was a concern coming from a lighter 200GMW, but I have had no problems. Next string set up will have a poly hybrid in it to give me a bit more bite than I am getting from the full synthetic set up. I wish they would re release the BB gut poly hybrid as I have used that set up for over 3 years now and it is no longer available. I tired some VS gut in my Dunlops and It feels much firmer and lower powered than I remember it being. I may have to go back to a Klip gut main with a Tourna poly cross? I'll see.
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