donnay super touring model 20x18

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  1. joe sch

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    Though a few may enjoy seeing this model that is not too common:

    Donnay SuperMid Touring with cap like grommets and a dense 20x18 string pattern.
    Its one of my donnay rackets in my collection and I have never played it but it looks like it would be a great control racket.
    I also like the rounded butt cap end on many of the donnay models from that era.
    Anybody ever play it ?

    http://s920.photobucket.com/albums/...assi_models/?action=view&current=IMG_2249.jpg

    If you look in that folder, I show some of the other donnay rackets in my collection.

    http://s920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/woodtennis/tennis/rackets/donnay_agassi_models/
     
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    Surprised there were no comments, guess nobody played it ? Still a very nice collectible to display since its rather unique for a donnay, more like a cross between a head and a pro kennex.
     
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    I dunno about you but that contoured "Coke bottle" grip takes some getting used to. I hated that shape.
     
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    Sound like you have tried them ?

    They were actually more common and somewhat popular in the early 1900s. There were lots of different contoured shaped handles and the bottle shaped ones were called bulbous. Fan tails and fish tail handles were also fashionable. A really scarce type of handle was the bat end, which was shaped like the baseball bat with a bottle cap butt end. I do think most all the more serious players used conventional grips although some of those had different types of incised wood cutouts to help the gripping. Leather and cloth grips were a big performance improvement that the manufactures added in the early 1930s.
     
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    donnays version of the head prestige racquet is what ive heard..
     
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  6. Steve Huff

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    It looks as if it has CAP grommets. They sure made a rainbow of colors back then.
     
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    Now THAT'S a string pattern I approve of!

    *Lovin' my 20x19 Carbonex*
     
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    I picked up one of these today for $3. Any comments on the play-ability?
     
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    good find was it decent shape ?
     
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    Probably 8/10 at the lest. 4-3/8. 348g / 12.2oz. Strung with synthgut. Complete with matching bag. I'm going to give it a hit later today. Wish it didn't have these silly feeling bulbous handle on it.

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    I played with this in the late 80's & early 90's.

    Great racquet, good blend of control and power. Had an anatomical grip - loved it as i had a 2hbh

    The butt on this was shaped the same as the revolutive series (had a few of them too). They had screw in weights that allowed you to change the balance of the racquet.
     
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    Yes indeed, a very beautiful racket for many reasons. These countered or bottle shaped handles were popular for the early 1900s wood racquets and called bulbous handles. Check out the pair in the middle of the below combo picture also showing some fish tail and fan tail handle rackets.

    http://www.woodtennis.com/oddhandles/oddHandlesa.jpg
     
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    it appears that this racket came in a 110 sq inch and a 97 inch version . tw sold the bosworth 110 version in the early 2000s in the vintage section .
     
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    I recently bought a Tecno Pro `Explosion 50 in n.o.s. condition. I used to play one during the early 1990's and this one also has that ergo coke bottle shaped handle. I rather like the feel of it together with the Balmforth sticky leather grip I put around it. The Explosion 50 model was an oversized Wilson Profile look a like but with a more subtle dual tapered beam. And it was slightly head light. Loads of power, I have to adjust the string tension because most of my shots were long.
     
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