Donnay I don't need your lead

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  1. martyr444

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    I knew this Racket felt head heavy compared to the other 2. Since they were way off on the total weight with this one they added their lead at 12 O'Clock. It still left the Racket 5Gr lighter then the other 2, but made it near 3 points more on the head heavy side. Maybe that's why they quit making the grommets for them, they don't want you to see what's hidden. I know others have had this same issue with their Rackets. :neutral:
     
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    2 of your pics are not showing up.
     
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  3. martyr444

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    I used the wrong code on those pics and should have took the time to delete them. They were just another pic of the same with flash and another of the whole piece of lead removed.
     
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  4. Steve Huff

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    They don't make grommets any more? Does that predict the rackets' future or what.
     
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    Yep, we already discussed that phenomenon many months ago. I followed the topic carefully but I don't remember what the official response was. Anyone know/remember?
     
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  6. corners

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    I don't think the official respone, if any, was ever reported by that OP.
     
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    I was told once a Racket is discontinued, they don't make any more Bumper/Grommets Sets. They just sell the remaining stock and then that's the end. My complaint to them fell on deaf ears.
     
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    Given what they charge for racquets and how quickly they often discontinue them, that is pretty well ridiculous. I have considered trying out a Donnay, but that policy alone is enough to turn me off to them completely. Too many other good racquets on the market to deal with a company that cares so little about its customer base.
     
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    I told them no matter how good any Companies products are, bad policy decisions can and usually does kill customer loyalty. Without customer loyalty and growth no company can expect a long life in the business world.

    I have grommet kits to replace individual grommets that can extend my Racket's life even though they are black verses the OEM white ones. As a poly user I have to change string quite frequently which shortens the life of the grommet at the tie offs. When they sell their Rackets they should throw in a couple of sets free for each Racket because of this policy the have IMHO.
     
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    Out of curiousity, did the specs listed on the serial number sticker (first 3 digits are unstrung weight, second 3 digits are balance point) accurately reflect the weight of the frame, either with or without the lead?
     
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    Good question,

    All 3 Rackets listed the exact same weight which placed the leaded Racket way off the listed spec. The balance point on them was close to what was listed.
     
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    Once you pulled the lead off, was the leaded racket close to the sticker listed spec?
     
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    I must put in a good word for poster Suppawat as he had a connection with a friend who was able to get me 3 sets of the much needed Bumper/Grommet sets. He offered me his help without me even requesting it.

    After removing the lead and changing the butt cap to a 5GR, it brought this Racket much closer to the other 2 Racket's specs. I do like the butt cap choices but that doesn't smooth over their bad policies as stated before.
     
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  14. ZeroSkid

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    Lol wow, sneaky Donnay
     
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    How many grams was that at 12 o'clock? It looks like 3-4 grams. That could increase the SW by about 15 points. Very poor QC on their frames if they need to compensate with this much lead at the tip.
     
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    You are correct Bud and it did make a big difference in the swing weight.
     
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    so they were trying to match the balance, but not weight?
     
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  18. Dave M

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    which Donnay was that?
     
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    They failed at both no matter what their objective.
     
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    Donnay X-White 99
     
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    Absolutely appalling practice by Donnay not least because adding weight to the tip is not the same as having a more distribution of mass throughout the hoop. Shocking QC when you take into account the price.
     
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    What's interesting to me is that they clearly didn't add the lead simply to get the racket to "spec" since the OP noted that with the added lead it was not at spec but rather it was signficantly heavier.

    I've seen other similar posts like this one and it has me wondering if somehow Donnay has a bunch of customized demos or something (new and/or used) that somehow were sold as standard spec rackets. Not sure if it's purely QC but they definitely need to be better at controlling what is distributed.
     
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    OP, did you buy the racquet new?
    Did it still have the plastic on the grip?
     
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  24. martyr444

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    Yes DevilDog, I purchased them all Brand New with Plastic on the grip.
     
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    Just to clarify this, this Racket was at stock quite a bit under weight to the listed specs on the frame. They added the weight but still left it light and then by adding it to the tip, messed up the swing weight. They would have gotten it closer by adding weight inside the handle, but still wouldn't make this the right thing to do. If the manufacturer cannot get the original product close to spec, just list it that way on the frame but let the consumer know how far off it is. Then the consumer can decide whether to purchase this Racket or not. All this becomes meaningless in the end if you cannot purchase Bumper\Grommet Sets once they run out of the original batch. Not all of us purchase new Rackets each year; some of us get the Rackets we play well with and then keep them for 2-3 years to fine tune our game.
     
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  26. Fed Kennedy

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    Donnay is terrible
     
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    Well, if you bought it brand-new, then the great Roman Prokes must have placed the lead there.

    Since Roman Prokes is the god of all tennis technology, you'd better not take that off!

    :)
     
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    So you aked Donnay to modify your racquet? And now, you are surprised to find lead tape used?
     
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    Where are you getting this from?
     
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  30. eleventeenth street

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    he didn't ask donnay to modify his racquet. donnay modified the racquet that he bought on their own because it came out of the factory off spec. only after he purchased it did he realize this. and even after donnay attempted to remedy the bad qc with lead tape, the racquet was still quite a bit off spec.

    kind of appalling. remind me to stay away from donnays
     
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  31. VOLLEY KING

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    It's what I've been saying all along.... The company sux the racquets are great.


    I really enjoyed the x white 99....one of the best sticks they made. Amazing reflex volleys.

    Why the hell did they discontinue it after being out for barely a year?

    Terrible policies......great stick though.
     
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    They are correct, I never asked them to mod the Racket. I knew it was way off spec so I finally removed the Bumper to see why it was so head heavy. It was HH even without the added tape.
     
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    I wasn't sure if it was that or the "wickmayer special".The latter was being sold here in England for £20 brand new, I wandered if that was an indication of quality...
     
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    See the little curvy things at the end of my sentences those are question marks. I’m asking questions.

    Anyway, if they came from the factory floor with lead under the grommets that is f'ed up.

    I love my Pro One, but when I cut the strings out I may look under the grommets.
     
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  35. VOLLEY KING

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    To the OP.......

    The million dollar question .....


    How do you like the white 99 ???


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    Donnay comes back into the market and has some struggles with QC, so the hate begins? Sad.

    Which racquet company hasn't been blasted for QC issues on this forum? No one is exempt.
     
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    I play great with them and that is why I have 3.
     
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    Their is no hate on my part as I hate no one. Just think they use bad judgement in some of their decisions which can effect longevity in the business world.
     
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  39. VOLLEY KING

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    Yeah I used to play with that stick. I have four.....I loved it.

    I could build it up to the measurements of almost any other Donnay just for fun.

    What a great stick!!!

    But then they come out with the X dual series and them to make matters worse they discontinue the white!!! That really pissed me off.

    I swore I wouldn't try the pro one .....I gave in and I tried and loved it.

    So now I have spent a truckload . I asked donnay to give me a break since I spent soooooo much money with them In such a short time and they wouldn't.

    The company management really is poor. They really do make bad decisions .

    It's like being with a really hot chick who is insane and drives you nuts. Can't live with a Donnay and can't live without a Donnay....lol.



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  40. Kal-El 34

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    any of the donnay 99 models with the same string pattern will fit each other. check dual silver grommets as they look good in the white
     
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  41. VOLLEY KING

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    Quality issues with most companies .

    Wilson is the worst


     
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  42. CDestroyer

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    Donnay I don't need your anything.
     
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  43. VOLLEY KING

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    What's a reg?
     
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    kenny powers quote... american icon :)

    i mean you got a crap job, not quite as tall as me, nobody really respects you. me on the other hand, i got the fame, the fortune, the jewels, the denali....
     
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  45. martyr444

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    Kael,

    Your sure these would fit?

    Donnay X-Dual Silver 99 Grommet
     
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    lol. +1

    10char
     
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  47. Kal-El 34

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    yes im sure. the guy at donnay told me any 99 with the same string pattern grommets will fit each other. i've seen white grommets on the red, red on the white silvers on the reds, silvers on the white and so on... actually kind of cool because it adds an element of customizing but i do understand your frustrations with not being able to get the grommets you want.
     
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  48. VOLLEY KING

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    Kal El,

    What's the deal with Donnay discontinuing sticks after a short time.

    I think I speak for everyone when I say that I wish they would give us some warning in the future .

    I actually see that they have started to do that by notifying us that there are new sticks coming out in the spring .

    But what they did with discontinuing the majority of their line and then coming out with a whole new line I feel was just wrong.

    They should give a discount to those who have bought their old sticks.

    I remember Apple had the same issue. They would come out with an iPhone and then very shortly thereafter they came out with a newer iPhone without any warning .

    The difference is that Apple gave a $100 dollar rebate to customers who bought the old one.

    Don't you think Donnay owes its customers the same thing .

    So far I have 4 whites, 1 platinum , 4 pro ones , 1 silver. Thats over 2k already .
     
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    Thanks Kal-El 34, I will try the silver then.
     
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