Dunlop Aerogel inconsistencies

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  1. JP Tennis

    JP Tennis New User

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    Sorry if this has been covered.

    I've been playing the Aerogel 4d 500 tour (4 of them) for almost 2 years and recently switched to Aerogel 300 (also 4 of them, pre-4d). I noticed in my 4-d's that headsizes and shapes would be drastically different when compared side by side. Never really bothered me until I got the new Aerogel 300's and noticed the same lack of quality control, resulting in different head-shapes. (One racquet even had a Babolat grip on it straight out of the packaging! wth??)

    Is Dunlop really that bad with their QA? or is a certain amount of difference in headshape/size normal across all brands?
    Now, Im not talking about differences in playing characteristics like weight, balance, RDC etc, which is rarely the same from model to model, so it doesnt affect my playing all that much. But it seems to be an avoidable mistake by Dunlop.

    thoughts?
     
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  2. interjim

    interjim Rookie

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    Sounds very odd.

    I bought three Aerogel 4D 200 Tours about six weeks ago. No discrepencies to report. Love these frames.
     
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  3. netguy

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    Where did you buy those Dunlops?
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Different stringers and stringjobs can change the shape of the head.
    I have 2 Mfil200's and one Aero200, exactly the same headshape.
    My 3 Aero500's are almost identical in headshape, weight, and balance...bought 5 months apart.
     
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  5. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

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    I have two AG 300 (16 X 18 ) Euros and two AG4D300s. These do have different head shapes from the non-4D to the 4Ds, but other than that everything is exactly the same and spec on.

    Compared to Wilsons and most others, Dunlops have the best quality control. Right up there with Yonex, IMO.
     
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  6. eleventeenth street

    eleventeenth street Semi-Pro

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    the difference in head shapes for your 500 tours would make sense as frames do tend to warp a bit on string jobs.
    but if you bought your AG 300s brand new and they all had different head shapes and one even came stock with a babolat grip(???)...that either sounds like bs, or maybe you bought them from a less than reputable dealer. i always thought dunlop's qc was very solid. never heard of anything like this before.
     
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  7. JP Tennis

    JP Tennis New User

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    Got them from reputable dealer that Ive been with since the early 2000's. Which is why the quality issue is so strange to me.
     
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  8. JP Tennis

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    I love the frames and have no problems with them (well switched because of an ailing elbow). Bought them from reputable dealer who ive had long-time relationship with. But yea, if it was an eb@y type deal Id definitely think something was up.
     
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  9. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Headshape inconsistencies.
    Are some narrower but longer, while other's are wider but shorter?
    You do know that stringers string mains first, all of them, and then string the crosses.
     
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  10. mmk

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    Previous generation, but all 4 of my Hot Melt 200G XLs are the same sized and shaped hoops. The weight varies, but that is due to grip size and material.
     
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  11. netguy

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    Really strange...I got two 4D 100 from TW and they've exactly the same specifications.
     
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  12. LeeD

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    Quality issue would be one of the Dunlops coming with a Bab's grip.
    Another issue would be warped heads or heads shaped differently if they're not strung. If strung, think of the stringer and his machine.
     
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  13. Geology_Rocks!

    Geology_Rocks! Semi-Pro

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    Brand new Dunlop comes with Babolat grip?

    You got used sticks, it's that simple. My mais racket is a 4D300 and I have two more on the way, when I get them I'll post how good the QC was for me.
     
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  14. cknobman

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    Your dealer does not sound too "reputable" LOL
     
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  15. wilfreb

    wilfreb Semi-Pro

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    i own 4 dunlops 500t, 2 biomimetic and 2 4D and they looks, feels, weight exactly the same, just perfect...
     
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  16. SteveI

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    I have 2 of the AG 300s and 2 of the AG 300 4D versions. The head shapes are close from the non to the 4D versions. The 4D version is about 1/8" wider @ 3 and 9. The frames of the same versions are spot on. Weight, balance and length. The SW also feels spot on. They are not the same frame as they do play differently to be sure. The QC and PJs are great. The HM version had that soft paint.. that was bad...:-(

    Steve
     
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  17. Geology_Rocks!

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    Yeah, got two 4D300 today and I needed only 1,4g to match their weight and balance. Head shape is the same too.
     
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