Fake nCode nPro?

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  1. p0w3r

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    Heres the story. I have a liquidmeatal radical oversize (which i love), but i wanted a racket with a bit more power since with the radical i would get tired after hitting for a long time because of the fast and long swings required for the racket.

    So i went and got the Wilson nCode nPro since i heard it has a bit more power. I went on the famous internet auction site (e-bay) and bought one for $51 + shipping. Great deal i thought, untill i came here and read about all the stories of fake rackets. So now im worried that i got a fake. First thing was that the grip on the handle was messed up...theres like white stuff on it and the sealwrap on it was very hard to take off. My coach told me that it was because of heat which can cause the glue/wrap on the grip to melt, which makes everything sitcky and messed up....dont know if this is true or not. Also, some of the cosmetics seem to be a bit off...like on small fonts, they are blurred. Plus the throat of the racket seem longer then the pics i see on this site. Also the guy on e-bay seem to have an endless ammount of them. Other then that...everything seems fine. It is head light and weighs about the same as the radical.

    So for the past two days ive been hitting with it and i found that it has a noticable ammount of more power compared to the radical, however, it is extremely hard to get any topspin, where it was easy to do with the radical. Is the nPro really that hard to get any topspin out of or is there something fishy with it?

    Anyways, the order was 7230436925 (search e-bay for it, since i cant post links here). I also have a cell phone pick of the throat so possibly anyone with a nPro can confirm with me. I will try to get higher quality pics with a real camera later.

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    Thanks for any help in andvance.
     
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  2. LowProfile

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    Post a picture of the head and several views of the beam along the head. The nPro has a rather distinctive looking racquet head because of the x-loop beam. It may be easier to tell with pictures of those.

    Also, it has a rather distinctive 18x18 string pattern. See if it matches.
     
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  3. p0w3r

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  4. TLM_01

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    Edit. I was looking at the wrong nPro. My friend has the Surge version.....
     
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  5. Rafferty

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    looks real to me
     
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  6. Dan007

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    Is it that the room that was a little dark when you took the pic? or does that nPro seem a little darker.
     
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  7. SFrazeur

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    99 % sure its reel. There's one at work; I'll check tomorrow.

    But i do wonder why somone would make fake NPRO 98s
     
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  8. p0w3r

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    the first pic was with a camera phone...so color is off. my 2nd post has the good pics.

    TLM_01, yea, this the the regular npro with the 98 headsize. i think the headshape is right, but the only things that bug me is the poor print where its says "engineered with exclusive wilson nano technology" (http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/3842/img11181da.jpg) and the bottom of the throat where the square "w" logo seems too long compared to the pics this site has of it (see my first post for the comparison...top left is the tw pics and bottom is mine)
     
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  9. SFrazeur

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    No the the text does not contour fully around on my N6.1 90.

    Wilson quality control is more than a little LAXED
     
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  10. dbdynsty25

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    Yeah...I just bought a nSix-Two off of TW and on one side, the Engineered w/ Nano Technology is slightly askew. They definitely did a shoddy job with the quality control. And it's funny...the hologram says Wilson Quality. LOL...not so much.
     
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  11. mr.fitch

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    The nPro in question looks genuine. It has a very distinctive head shape and the pics seem to match up well. As for the first picture with the throat, it's different only because the grip it has is shorter than most. If it was a used racket it is very possible that the original user had a 1HBH and had replaced the original grip with a shorter replacement grip.
     
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  12. p0w3r

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    thanks for the reply, but the racket was brand new with a handle wrap still on it...
     
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  13. LowProfile

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    That does indeed look genuine. Perhaps you could take a few pics of the blurred sections. The head and beam shape looks just about right.
     
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  14. p0w3r

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    tried taking some cluse pics of it but they didnt come out that good...but you can see what im talking about here: http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/3842/img11181da.jpg where it says "engineered with wilson..."

    with the proof that wilson quality may not be the best, the only thing i think is wierd now is still the throat/handle of the racket and the sicker placement. unless what mr.fitch says is right about having a shoter handle.....
     
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  15. donnyz89

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    does it play like a npro? did u demo the npro before you bought this? does it indeed have the power yuo want? if the answer is yes then whats the problem? are you afraid that without the "authentic" nano technology problem, it might harm your game? I doubt it. dont worry.
     
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  16. p0w3r

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    nope, didnt really demo it before...i was thinking the same thing you are saying, but the racket just feels weird when i was playing with it...hard to really explain but it really doenst sound like the racket i read about in reviews. now i know that it may be different from person to person or my own mind playing tricks, but i just really want peace of mind (and this is definately the last time i buy a racket off e-bay)
     
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  17. thomas martinez

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    Simple way to check. Look at the hologram sticker. If it has a random sequence of numbers below the barcode, it most likely is genuine. The fakes I've seen, have either no numbers or a series of zeros.
     
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