Donnay CX Graphite Specs?

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  1. pistolphil

    pistolphil New User

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    Heya there!

    I own a Donnay CX Graphite and I can't seem to find its specs anywhere on the internet! It's the same as this one:

    http://mitglied.lycos.de/thevintager/****bilder/vtgsdonna-1297374906-1723.jpg

    Well, apparently link seems to be dead but the racket has a 17, maybe 16mm> constant beam, black with white & red stripes on it, CX written at the top!

    Does anyone know anything about this stick? I feel it must be like 85 sq. in or something, maybe 350gr strung?

    One thing I can tell you, this stick plays awfully like a PS 85 6.0!

    Anyway, hope someone can help me!

    Also, it doesn't have any sticker on it w/ the weight (Light, etc.)

    Does anyone know the weight range of each category?

    phil
     
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  2. Tennis Man

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    It must be just another Pro Staff 85 clone just like Pro Cynetic 1 (the best of them), Graphite Borg, Boron Borg, CGX 25, etc. They are all nice build frames, some braided graphite, other graphite fiberglass.

    They are all around 85 sq inch, narrow 17mm beam and Head Light. I personally don't know any specs and don't really care b/c I customize all mine except the mint ones.
     
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  3. Hannah19

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    The Pro Cynetic came from the PS 85 mould that Wilson left behind in Couvin after Donnay had produced the first PS 85's for a year or so.
    I've checked a Belgium PS 85 with several Donnay's from that era and mould and grommet placements are identical (Cynetic 12, Juwel, pro graphite).
     
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  4. Joonas

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    I just got my CX graphite from 80's back from my parents storage. I don't know exact year but I think its from somewhere between 85-87?

    I cut out the original Donnay syn gut and strung it with Wilson Extreme Synthetic gut 1.30 at 23kg. Strung specs with Tourna over grip: weight 353g, balance 30,9cm, beam 16-17mm straight. I did not check the swingweight yet but will do soon. Head size is most likely 85sqin as it is smaller than PS90BLX.

    Small play test:
    Racket feels very light to swing. Head is really flexible. It provides with syn gut very muted and soft feel. Ball pocketing is strong but it feels that the frame is pocketing the ball as much as strings. Power is low, very low. Going back to my standard IG Prestige MP with Gut/poly after hitting with CX and I felt Prestige is giving sooo much power. Prestige felt like a tweener. Almost uncontrollable at first.

    On ground strokes CX provides that feel of arm extension. Accuracy is so easy. It also feels home with flat hitting but if you have time and good position also the level of top spin was nice.

    Volleys are very controlled and it easy to maneuver racket at net. Head is really light.

    Serving with it was the biggest surprise. For sure I lost some pace but accuracy stood out. Also the level of consistency with second serve kickers was amazing. It is something that I would appreciate from my current sticks...

    As a comparison to other frames I have used recently I could bring up PS90 BLX. But there is a big difference still between those two. PS90 feel so much more solid and it moves like a brick compared to CX. For me PS 90 is more difficult to play with. Ok, it perhaps gives some free power and pop easier but CX feels more quick in the air and much lighter in the hand. I understood that PS85 plays more like CX but I don't have experience on that.

    To be honest I think that I could not play a match with it. Not because of the head size but just the lack of power when pushed is just evident. Perhaps I should still try with full bed of nat gut...
     
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  5. Joonas

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    Promised to send the specs.

    Weight with Wilson Extreme SynGut strings 348g.
    Swingweight 315.

    Plays nice but the hoop is unbelievably soft.
     
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  6. Joonas

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    Donnay CX graphite frame is extremely flexy. Frequency is 100Hz.

    As a comparison Pure Storm Tour which is flexy and soft frame was measured at 135Hz.
     
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