Customizable "Recreational Rackets" ??

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  1. aliasrichmond

    aliasrichmond New User

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    Just wondering....?

    Did Wilson, Dunlop, Head etc... go out of thier way to make inferior rackets for the Walmart/recreational market... or did they string up 5/10yr old models with cheap nylon strings with new paint jobs/names (Smash, Volley etc..) for this purpose....and if they did....are there sleepers out there that could be customized with new strings/added lead that/could be wolves in sheep's clothing? did those great molds of yesteryear get thrown away...or re-used
    could that almost NOS thrift store find with a silly name actually be an old players racket in disguise?
     
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  2. anirut

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    ANY racket can be customized, but not all will work out well.

    As for "re-issuing" NOS rackets by manufacturers with new names and PJ's, I don't think they'd do that, ever. I'd think the cost of undoing the paint and repainting would cost more than the racket itself.
     
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  3. retrowagen

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    In a word... No.

    As I understand it, it's all about unit cost. The labor cost per racquet is essentially the same if a $200 racquet and a $50 racquet are produced in the same factory. The savings come from materials... Layups, grips... Grommets are probably fairly constant in cost.
     
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  4. PBODY99

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    Specail Mark Ups

    Prince used the O3 mold to make the Ozone line, different layup and handle. When the Speedport line came out, Prince made SMU for the big box chains with the O3 mold.
    Wilson "re-issued " the 6.3 Hammer with a new paint job as a SMU.
    These are examples of molds being reused with some change in the layup.
     
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  5. aliasrichmond

    aliasrichmond New User

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    I didnt mean the makers repainting existing stock, just using old molds with new paint jobs...
     
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  6. joe sch

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    Nope

    The manufactures do "paintjobs" to make custom player rackets look like models currently being sold to the public. I do not think its got to the point where new paint jobs are made on the same molds with new marketing hype for improved consumer models.
     
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  7. aliasrichmond

    aliasrichmond New User

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    Thanks, this what I meant, are there more examples?
     
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  8. JW10S

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    Walk into any big box sporting goods store or a Walmart or Target and you will see pre-strung inexpensive racquets from the major manufacturers that use molds from some of their more high end frames but have very different layups. Even though the mold is the same the racquets are very different--a little lead tape added won't magically turn them into player's racquets. This is true now and was true back in the wood racquet days. Unfortunately I've seen a lot of people who think they are buying valuable vintage frames but in reality are just buying the cheap, made for big box retailers, knock offs that are pretty much worthless.
     
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  9. magnut

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    the last good ones i remember were the wilson high beam series frames. they were a little fragile though. playability wise they were very good.

    honestly though if you want to go inexpensive its pretty hard to beat buying older frames off ****. Thats what i usually recommend to everybody.
     
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  10. ace0001a

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    If you like the old Head Microgel Extreme, you can find them being sold as MG Challenge Spirit and some other name at Costco for $50...a really light even balance racquet that can be customized.
     
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